Parsons Paris

Student Profiles

  • Faith Kulka '22


    Where were you born, and where did you grow up?
    I was born and raised in Missoula, Montana, in the United States. 

    How has Paris inspired you in your projects and classes?
    I am from an area of the world that focuses very little on its history and architecture. I also come from a small and sheltered town in the mountains. I’m used to recreation being primarily nature based and people who have similar values and lifestyles. Paris is the opposite of all of the above and consequently has inspired almost all of the art I’ve created here. Everything I experience here is new and different from the life I’m used to. The diversity of the people I’ve met in Paris inspires me to look at the world in new ways, which in turn affects my art. The access I have to the art in Paris has inspired me to branch out from my comfort zone and create things I might have never done in the past. 

    Does Paris feel like home? If so, how did you make it your own? What kind of challenges have you faced, and how have you overcome them?
    I’m happy to report that Paris does finally feel like home for me. In my first two months, I had a period of extreme homesickness. I felt like I made the wrong choice moving here, because I missed my space and friends so much. However, after that rough patch, I slowly started feeling more and more comfortable with my neighborhood and school. I moved into a new apartment with four roommates and my own room, and I spent time making the space feel comfortable and personal for me. I became friends with people that fit with my personality and liked doing the things I liked to do. I began doing things like cooking and exercising. After doing all of those things, I felt more at home in Paris than I have anywhere else. 

    What three words would you use to describe the Parsons Paris community?
    Welcoming, creative, and supportive.