Incoming 2016 Part One
August 15, 2016
In this first of a three part series introducing the newest students to join The Cooper Union [see parts two and three], we meet Sophie Schneider, Javier Blancas and Tammy Wei. We asked them all how they got interested in their fields of study, what drew them to The Cooper Union and what they have been up to during their summer.
San Francisco, California
Throughout high school I always tried to combine my interests in science and the arts through different projects and assignments. In my junior year, I realized that studying engineering would teach me to combine these interests in a way that would allow me to solve real-world problems — it was the perfect combination of problem solving, designing and building that immediately drew me to the topic.
I was focused on picking a school that allowed me to study engineering in a creative environment. The idea of being surrounded by architects, artists and other engineering students sounded very exciting and inspiring to me. After visiting Cooper Union and seeing all of the projects students were working on, I knew I wanted to be a part of the community.
I am looking forward to being in a challenging academic environment and learning from my professors and classmates. I am excited to be studying engineering in such a vibrant and dynamic city and am very eager to explore New York!
Austin, Texas & Palo Alto, California
I got interested in architecture from taking various art classes at my high school and from being a member of the Gunn Robotics Team.
I chose to attend Cooper Union because I fell in love with it when Adrianne [Greth, assistant dean of admissions] came to my school to explain to myself and various others about this Institution.
I look forward to growing into a more self-aware person, one who understands how to navigate the complexities of modern communication and expression and to explore the world and further my skills in architecture.
My summer has been relaxing with friends and family. Some of them are in Spain, where I spent two and half weeks.
West Windsor, New Jersey
I’ve always been interested in unprofound objects and experiences of the everyday world. Art became a way to investigate these mundane phenomena. I could explore things more intimately and gain an additional dimension to my particular viewing of the world.
The Cooper Union is a place I am intensely curious about. There is something very different and interesting about the students that make up Cooper and the School of Art.
I most look forward to learning about how others create and think.
During the summer I am traveling and learning, perusing the web and consuming large amounts of media, practical and useless. I am enjoying the nostalgia of summer and thinking about this time of year in childhood.