Meet Julya Nichols: Photography Student Ambassador

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Tuesday, November 8th, 2016

One of the friendly faces greeting prospective art students at Pennsylvania College of Art & Design is Julya Nichols, a junior photography major from Octorara High School, Parkesburg, PA and  2016-17 PCA&D Student Ambassador.

If you are coming to a PCA&D Open House, such as the one on  Saturday, November 19, you’ll see Julya as you tour around the College.

When she was looking at art colleges, she was attracted to Lancaster, surprised by how many opportunities there are, despite its size. “It’s small, but full of passion for the arts. Go and explore Lancaster and talk to some people!”

The size and the community of PCA&D, and how everyone is involved made her decide that PCA&D was the place for her.

Work by Julya Nichols

Work by Julya Nichols.

Here are some of her thoughts:

What words of wisdom would you share with a prospective student?

“Take any oportuntiy you can. Don’t be scared to try!”

Which PCA&D professor impacted you the most?

Eric Weeks. He cares about his students while also making sure they hear what they need to, along with pushing them to better themselves as  artists and people.”

What does being a Student Ambassador mean to you?

“It means being able to share my experience to others.”

When were you inspired by another student?

“When I saw students tackling all the tasks they did and how they succeeded.”

What activity will you always remember?

“Two of them — the Photo Department potluck dinners and the chance to curate a show.”

Share about an experience that impacted your understanding of the creative industry.

“Taking a chance at a job with a local photographer has taught me to take a leap of faith with my creative career.”

When giving a tour, what are you sure to show people?

“The darkrooms!”

What single tip would you tell an incoming student?

“Don’t be scared of the future. Just take it step by step and take chances!”

In October, Julya curated Re-Membrance, an exhibition of work by students from all majors, addressing various facets of memory.

Student Ambassadors serve as representatives of the college. They work primarily with the admissions department where they serve as guides for prospective students and their parents, art teachers, and guidance counselors. Student Ambassadors attend each PCA&D open house event and provide important insight into the creative environment afforded to students in our degree programs and create an important link to prospective students who want to be part of the PCA&D community.

Work by Julya Nichols

Work by Julya Nichols.