This Year's Foundation Students

Foundation

Foundation year at PCA is all about beginnings, in your journey as an artist, a college student, and a Parisian. In this article by Ariel Ronayne, Sophomore in Communication Design, she talks to current Online Foundation: Pathways to Paris students to learn about their Foundation experience.

Having taken the Foundation course myself, I know how exciting, scary, and challenging the course can be. For many students, it’s the first time creativity is a daily requirement.

This year more than ever, students have had to adapt to their environment and learn how to create in situations they never could have dreamed of. I recently got the chance to virtually sit down with four foundation students to pick their brain about their Foundation experience so far!

  • Lya – 21, Tel Aviv, Israel
  • Lilly – 18, Berlin, Germany
  • Ryder – 18, San Francisco, CA
  • Wu Heng – 19, Singapore

 

What is your favorite thing about the foundation program?

Lya

I’m really liking the teachers, and when they’re passionate about what they’re teaching, it’s really fun to learn regardless of whether you’re interested in the subject.

Lilly

I’ve never really taken a formal class in art, I’m surprised by the fact that I’m really interested in the classes and am enjoying it. The teachers are really cool, and it’s fun to see how they teach us the material.

Ryder

Being able to learn everything and expand my knowledge of what I can do.

Wu Heng

I just really like learning, the fact that I’m learning new things and enjoying what I’m learning. I really like the dynamic of lessons.

What has surprised you most about living in Paris?

Lya

Prices at the grocery stores, it’s really cheap compared to where I’m from, it’s also really diverse as far as the types of neighborhoods.

Lilly

That I’m able to actually live by myself and able to feed myself. And how big Paris is, even though the numbers say it’s a small city, it’s ginormous, much bigger than Berlin.

Ryder

I’ve been here before, so it’s not very surprising. But I still get nervous at the little things, like ordering stuff! 

Wu Heng

People greeting you in the streets, when someone out of nowhere will say ‘Hi’, it’ll take me a few moments to react, I’m not really used to it.

What has been the most challenging thing about the foundation program?

Lya

I haven’t been in an academic environment for 3 years, so I’ve been getting back into the headspace, and being creative on demand.

Lilly

I have always been challenged by being creative and coming up with ideas. It’s really different from high school, where you have subjects you’re not completely interested in. Here, you get to do your hobby in an academic way.

Ryder

At least for the first week or so, I was not really being prepared for my classes, like just being thrown in abruptly, mostly because I got here like two days before school. But now I’ve gotten used to it so it’s completely fine.

Wu Heng

It’s a lot, like for the first week I was really tired. It was a lot to take in at once, but now I’ve gotten used to the rhythm so I’m okay!