Doing Well in New Media at Purchase College

  • Get out of your comfort zone. And don’t be surprised when it’s uncomfortable.
  • Come to every New Media guest artist lecture.
  • Go to every New Media event.
  • Go to other lectures and events on campus.
  • You get out what you put in, so put in a lot and don’t wait to be rescued.
  • Hang out with other New Media students in the labs.
  • Research your professors – look up their work.
  • Take advantage of office hours.
  • Learn what a good back up is and backup all your files.
  • Use the library so often everyone there knows your name.
  • Buy cheap electronics and play around with them.
  • Make work outside of class.
  • Practice discipline around social networks – don’t get sucked in.
  • Learn the difference between important and urgent.
  • Always have a way to capture thoughts and ideas that take your attention. Always.
  • Don’t be ready to work without access to your files… Bring your files to every class.
  • Mark up your readings – look up people, words, projects.
  • Take advantage of New York City – see shows, go to other lectures.
  • Speak up and ask questions in classes.
  • When you don’t understand something, don’t pretend, talk openly about it.
  • Work collaboratively.
  • Be prepared to work late and then get up early.
  • If you are stuck: take a nap, go for a walk. Don’t force it, switch gears and come back after 15 minutes.
  • Take ideas from one discipline and apply it to another. See what happens.
  • Question your assumptions. Use a tool upside down or backwards.
  • Keep a book/blog of your visual inspirations. Find them in everyday life.
  • Take classes outside of your major and general education requirements.
  • Take up a project even if you don’t think you have the skills or tools you think you need. Learn along the way and/or find a hack.
  • Professional equipment does not make good work. Good work comes from good ideas and hard work.