Yes, I love Ringling. I haven’t ever questioned or regret going to school here. I’m an upcoming junior graphic design major and photo minor and I feel like I have learned more in the past 2 years than I have in my entire previous education including a state college. If you know what you want to do & you’re passionate about it, going to Ringling is one of the best decisions you could make. You will leave with a portfolio, internships, and connections. You’re surrounded by creative, talented people all the time. CA is tough, but there is such a high demand for that skill.
I’ve lived in Sarasota for 7 years, and just like any other city, it’s what you make of it. It’s beautiful, and nice out year round. They are pushing to grow as an art community. Chances are, you will be busy with school work most of the time, but there are events on campus, on campus jobs, bars, parties almost every weekend, and the beach is two seconds away. There’s museums, and amusement parks in the Tampa Bay area as well. I work a LOT but I still manage to get out Friday and Saturday nights to a party or something. The only people I know that complain about not having anything fun to do, are just boring people.
The reason it probably seemed dead when you were here is because during the day we are in classes or getting work done. The workload IS intense. But it tends to weed out the people who don’t really want to be here. If you are looking to get away from your parents to party and take easy courses, it would be a bad choice to waste money on Ringling tuition, because it IS expensive. You have to budget your time. You have to want to be here, and put the effort in. You’re critiqued on your work all the time, and you WILL improve from it. I am confident that graphic design is what I want to be doing for the rest of my life, so for me, it’s worth every penny to ensure that I will end up doing what I love in the long run. If you have any other questions, don’t hesitate. :)