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Jack Sullivan ’20

Graphic Design Major from Yorktown Heights, New York



What I want prospective students to know about Purchase: I want students to know the incredible value of Purchase. This is a small, culturally saturated, vibrant community. Purchase doesn’t seem to advertise as much as some other schools, so as a nervous high school student planning the rest of their life, it becomes much easier to pick what they know more about. I want students to know that this was my personal concern, and that I could not be more happy with my choice of Purchase College. 

The reason I became an Ambassador: I really love this school. I always have (I went here for preschool at The Children’s Center on campus). My time at the VA (Visual Arts Building) has included some of the most event packed and beneficial days of my life. As someone who loves design, my education is exactly what I wanted, and I want to be able to share that feeling with prospective students. I want them to be as excited as I was and I want to be a smiling representative for the school that I love and am proud to call myself a member of. 

My favorite spot on campus: The VA. It’s where I get to see incredible things be made and where I do all of my work. It really feels like a home to me, and everyone knows everyone. I love spending time here. 

Why I chose Purchase: Beyond my personal history at this school, it has a positive reputation in the art world. That, and it is very affordable. I will be graduating Purchase debt free, allowing me to focus on beginning my professional career.

My hobbies and interests: Beyond designing and making things which is my passion, I love all forms of media. I really love playing video games, as well as watching television programs and movies. I love supporting local artists and going to shows. I also love hiking, it’s my favorite outdoor activity and during the summer I go on at least one big hike a week in the bear mountain area. 

Future plans after Purchase:  I plan on living in the city as it is an epicenter in the design world. I want to work at a design firm for some time, be on a payroll. Then long down the line I want to have my own design firm. I already work freelance under the name John Bradford Design. 

What “Think Wide Open” means to me: To me, Think Wide Open goes far beyond ‘being accepting to all.’ I believe it means allowing yourself to learn. Allow yourself to interact in mediums you wouldn’t have before you came here. Participate in conversations you wouldn’t have prior. Befriend people you normally wouldn’t, see what comes of it. Think Wide Open means be more, be your best. I believe Purchase perfectly facilitates this ideology.