“I help facilitate a class through DownCity Design called “Design Your Life”. It provides high school students with the skills to think like a designer. We give them the conceptual tools they can utilize to break down future goals step by step in a way you would do with a design project. I honestly couldn’t be happier because I get to make the educational tools I’m receiving accessible to others. The mentors I have at CV inspire me to keep helping students and give back to a community that helped me grow.” – Anthony A.
Anthony Azanon is a senior Architecture major at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). For him, Architecture was the perfect blend of his experiences from the summers spent working alongside his dad, who is in construction, and his love for art and science. Read his interview below:
What college/university do you attend, what is your major/grad year and why did you choose it?
I attend the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and am currently a senior in Architecture, which is a 5 year program. I chose Architecture because I felt like it was able to provide me with a multidisciplinary set of skills. When making my decision, I felt stuck but knew I wanted to do something related to art while integrating my interest in science. My dad is a construction worker and as I worked with him during the summertime, I developed a strong interest for the things he was doing.
Are you part of any on-campus groups and why did you join?
Since my sophomore year, I have been a Resident Advisor (RA.) I applied to be an RA knowing that I wanted to work with a diverse group of people. Back in High School, I felt like I lacked a lot of social skills. Being an RA has given me the opportunity to become a role model within my immediate community and has also become a great opportunity to connect with many students across campus.
Why is it important for students to get involved on campus?
I think speaking for myself, it is important to be involved with any student group on campus. It doesn’t matter what it is, there will always be something and someone that could inspire your views. Sometimes you may find individuals that strongly believe in you or have similar backgrounds. Most importantly, I think finding positive people in college can be very beneficial and impact whether or not you thrive academically and socially.
Can you talk about the workshop you’re doing at PCTA? What is the workshop about and what is the end goal?
I do a workshop through DownCity Design, I have been working with them since the summer of 2017. The workshop is part of a new class concept that aims to provide students with the skills to think like a designer. The class is called “Design Your Life,” and in comparison to the other classes we do not have a final physical project, but rather we provide them with a set of conceptual tools they can utilize to break down future goals step by step similar to what you would do with a design project.
Why did you choose to do this workshop?
I think working with DownCity Design during the summer, really inspired me to come back and just realizing that being in Architecture school allots me the privilege to access a lot of stuff and information. I honestly couldn’t be happier than I am when I get to make the education I’m receiving accessible to others. The mentors I have at CV inspire me to keep helping students and give back to a community that helped me grow.
Can you describe your favorite CV memory so far?
My overall experience of being a first generation student is my favorite memory. Everyone at CV, truly has made an impact on my identity. Being the first one in your family to go to college is so challenging. I felt like the same time I was adapting to the educational system, I often had to learn about finances and what it even meant to keep updating my FAFSA and accepting or denying loans each semester. Now that I’m in my 4th year I honestly owe a lot to CV and all their support and care throughout difficult times. For example, this past spring semester, I had an overcharge of 20K, I was so sad the thought of dropping out was the first thing in my head. I immediately texted my advisor and together we contacted the financial aid office. They stated that it was a mistake and in that moment I realized how supported I was at CV.
What are you most looking forward to in the coming year and what are you least looking forward to?
One of the main things that I’m looking forward to this semester is being able to acquire an internship. I think just the process itself is really discouraging and challenging. It’s hard to navigate a field that without inside connects becomes very difficult to connect with firms. I think besides that I am a bit sad that my fellow classmates graduate this year, as previously mentioned every other major at RISD is only 4 years, except for Architecture. So I think that’s what going to be in my mind for the remaining of the year.
Keep up all the hard work Anthony and thank you for taking the time out to talk to me!
Anthony is among the 300 college students you support when you give to College Visions and we can’t thank you enough for it. With your continued support, he will graduate from college and join the CV Alumni Community! Thank you!