Parsons Scholars Blog

Writing Workshop with Karla

This was the second day of writing workshops with Karla. Here she spent some one – on – one time which each student. She spoke with them regarding where they were in comparison to the previous week, how and if they wanted to change/improve what they had. On this day,…

Juniors plan an exhibition!

PSP Juniors collaborate on a planning an art exhibition. 

Juniors go to the Cooper Hewitt

Juniors got off campus on Saturday October 29 to visit the Cooper Hewitt Museum.

Portfolio Redefined 2016

Through our partnership with a group of other organizations, called Art Future, the Parsons Scholars Program held an event called Portfolio Redefined on Saturday November 11. Our scholars were joined by students from our partner organizations to learn about building and refining their portfolios for college admissions. They heard from…

Parent Financial Aid Day

Parents joined us on campus to discuss financial aid options, as the seniors prepare to start finish up their college application process in the fall of senior year.

Admissions Visit for Seniors

Tina from Admissions spent some time with the Scholars on October 22 going over Parsons’ requirements for application. There’s so much to know about the admissions process so it is great for the scholars to be able to think about everything sooner rather than later. 

Lab days on lab days for the seniors

Senior year for the scholars means a lot of time spent in computer labs. Filling out applications, revising essays, researching colleges, and scholarships.

First Day of Academy!

The day’s goal for the advocates was to prepare scholars to work with Karla on their college entrance essays. They wanted for those that had something written down already to refine it as much as they could. For those who merely had ideas, they were asked to simply get the…

First Day!? Essays!

Seniors hit the ground running, starting right in on their college essays on their first day of Academy! Fall semester is a busy time for the seniors and their advocates, as they hustle to finish college applications. 

Senior College Workshops

Over the summer, rising senior Scholars joined us on campus to start preparing to research for and apply to college. We spent two weeks on campus together going over everything from College Board to choosing majors to writing essays.

Fall Mentor Meeting

This past Saturday, Mentors and Advocates gathered together to discuss the importance of our roles in the Parsons Pre-College Program and how we can offer our support to keeping this program functioning efficiently and comfortably. We divided up into groups to come up with different workshop ideas as well as…

Seniors Prep for the Semester

Seniors give up their last free Saturday of the semester to meet with us to prepare for the semester. We tried a VERY difficult ice breaker!

Havanna Fisher, Youth Advocate

Havanna is a budding interdisciplinary artist from Harlem who works across the fields of design, performing arts and film. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in fashion design from Parsons and a Bachelor of Liberal Arts in dance from Eugene Lang. She has a profound interest in using the…

Summer Senior College Workshops

For a few weeks in August, the soon-to-be seniors came on campus to start working on their college applications. They spent hours each day researching colleges, learning about majors, and visioning about their futures for college and beyond. 

Sophomore Workshops

We welcomed our fresh bunch of talented sophomores this Spring to The New School! For the past few weeks, the Scholars have in engaged in trips to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Studio Museum in Harlem. During afternoon workshops, they’ve mastered the use of Tumblr to start  documenting their work…

First Day of Spring Academy! Ice Breaker at Lunch!

On Saturday January 30th, Scholars, Mentors, and Youth Advocates gathered together for an Ice Breaker check-in where they stood in a circle and said one word that described how they were feeling. For the next ice break activity they split up into groups so that the mentors and scholars could get…

Sophomore Trip to Studio Museum of Harlem

On their first day of the Parsons Scholars Program, sophomore scholars take a field trip to the Studio Museum of Harlem with their advocates Yashua and Havanna to look at the current exhibitions.

Ice Breaker, October 24

          On Saturday, Scholars, Mentors, and Youth Advocates gathered together for an Ice Breaker that was sort of a sequel to several Saturdays ago’s Cypher Sessions with Youth Advocate Ladin.  Youth Advocate Nick, started off with two games, Rock, Paper, Scissors and Truth or False.  The…

Portfolio Redefined 2015, October 10

On Saturday, October 10, 2015 the Parsons Scholars Senior group along with other New York City senior high school students attended Portfolio Redefined Workshop held by Joan Mitchell Foundation and the Parsons Scholars Program. Portfolio Redefined is a workshop for all aspiring students who are preparing an art and design…

Cypher Sessions, October 3

On Saturday, Scholars and Mentors gathered for a group exercise that used creative writing, group thinking and “hot fire emoji” lyrics for a socially aware rap cypher.  Youth Advocate, Ladin Awad, led the exercise explaining the history of cyphers and battle rapping with the theme of social awareness.  The Scholars…

Mentor Orientation, September 26

  Our mentors, new first year students and more experienced alike gathered this past Saturday, September 26 for an afternoon to get energized for the upcoming fall Pre College Academy. The event was lead by Program Admin, Joelle with presentations from mentors Crystal, Naiky, and Elizabeth. The orientation reviewed critical…

Now Recruiting: NYC Public School 10th Graders for Parsons Scholars Program

What is the Parsons Scholars Program? The Parsons Scholars Program is a multi-year scholarship program for New York City public school students interested in art and design study. Accepted students participate from 10th grade through 12th grade. Students have the opportunity to explore a wide variety of studio subjects to…

NYCore Workshops: We Are the Experts of our Lives Creative Youth Activism

This past Saturday, the senior scholars as well as the advocates and one other mentor and I had the opportunity to participate in a series of workshops headed by NYCore (Collective of Radical Educators). The seniors chose the workshop that peeked their interests. I, along with many of our female…

Careers in the Arts Fair with the Joan Mitchell Foundation

  This past weekend, the Parsons Scholars Program, combined with the Joan Mitchell Foundation as The New School hosted the Careers in the Arts Fair. There were about 200 students in attendance visiting work-shops held by a variety of artists ranging from architects to apparel designers to aerosol artists. The event kicked off…

Sable Smith’s Digital Photography Class

My name is Alex Fields and I am a mentor for the Parsons Pre-College Program. As part of my job with the program, I am also a Teacher’s Assistant. I am currently an assistant for the photography class which is taught by professor and our program Youth Advocate, Sable Elyse…

Teach-In 2

This past Saturday, the scholars, along with our new sophomores took part in a series of workshops as part of our Teach-In. The Teach-In workshops included: Sex-E Collective Presents: Consent + Risk, a workshop that teaches youth safe sex and sexual consent, pregnancy and STD prevention. I’m Right Here, Tho! which is…

Senior capstone progress!

On the second class of our Seniors’ capstone project, the instructor Ben Rojas introduced the social justice subject the scholars will be tackling. The scholars were presented with images addressing  the Trayvon Martin case of 2012, and were asked to analyze them and come up with their own ideas. Paired…

Sophomores’ first day!

The first week back in the spring semester as a mentor I was assigned to work with the sophomores, who are new to the Parsons Scholars Program. I was excited to work with fresh faces since my face was fresh to them as well. At this rate,  everybody can feel…

College Workshop with the Juniors

On November 9th, Nadia led the junior scholars in a college research work-shop to start prepping them early on the college research process. The scholars were asked about how much they knew already about the different college-related terminology.  We had them place orange stickers next to different terms on a…

Info Session added!

Due to great student interest, we’ve added one last info session. Please attend to learn more about this opportunity for 10th graders! Friday, November 1, 5:00-6:30 p.m. 2 West 13th Street, between 5th/6th aves. Orientation Room– ground floor