"Bloom where you are planted" -Parsons' Dean Collins
Students instinctively have this awesome drive to change the world. And without nagging clients, production limitations and pessimistic realism, students have the opportunity to thrive in an educational setting. Teachers should respond to this enthusiasm by giving innovative challenges, exposing unexpected inspiration and helping students find to their passion.
Parsons New School of Design embraced this idea and began to turn more outward for projects. By working closely with alumni and the community, students have been able to partake in higher profile projects thus promoting not only the school but also the students involved. This nurtures relations between alumni and the school leading to support, both financially and emotionally.
"A recent report by Center for an Urban Future highlights how design and architecture schools, such as Parsons in New York City, act as creative hubs and ‘critical catalysts for innovation, entrepreneurship and economic growth for the city."