Parsons Paris

Student Profiles

  • Student

    Steven Zorrilla '17

    Why did you decide to study at Parsons Paris?
    I never planned on applying to The New School. In high school I was considering schools that were more fine arts oriented. It was only after a chance encounter and subsequent portfolio review with a great admissions representative that I developed an interest in Parsons ... And I decided also because of Paris, and what living and studying abroad could bring to my education. Once I received my acceptance letter and financial aid package, the choice was clear.

    Favorite classes:
    Time
    Design Studio 2
    History of Fashion

    What activities have you taken part in at Parsons Paris?
    I was very active in the Parsons Paris Gallery and student government during my first year. The curriculum gave us enough liberty and time to participate in events outside of class. In my sophomore year, I am much busier with the Fashion Design curriculum. Most days, you can find me in the atelier from opening to closing time. I also work as a research assistant during the semester for the director of BFA Fashion Design, Jasonpaul McCarthy.  And I intern during men's and women's Fashion Week for companies like Elie Saab and Sacai.

    How does living in Paris affect your experience and studies?
    In Paris, I am alone, which is what I wanted to experience in college: to be as self-sufficient and independent as possible. Family and friends, at least in my first few semesters, were far away. At first it is both a very scary thing and extremely liberating. Fending for myself in a foreign country and adapting to a new culture has made me mature in ways I hadn't foreseen.

    Have you gotten any internship experience?
    I was lucky enough to work and intern since my first semester, which comes with perseverance and serious networking. Going on three years of living in Paris, my friendships and professional relationships have expanded much more than I ever thought they would, and I now feel confident that I can develop a career in Europe after my graduation ... if not before.

    How would you describe your experience at Parsons Paris?
    My experience at Parsons Paris has been a complete departure from the life I had before. When I speak to my friends at The New School in New York, I realize that while my own education clearly reflects the Parsons pedagogy, I am taught by professors who live and work all over Europe, and both my work and my psyche have developed a European bearing since my arrival at Parsons Paris. I'm a creative expat.

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