Every new school year, incoming DSI students gather for a day and a half of bootcamp. It’s the first time we all meet in person; a perfect way to start a new life as a grad student in New York City. Some have just stepped off a plane from China or the Middle East or South America, some have taken a subway from Brooklyn.
New students prepared a five minute presentation to introduce themselves to each other and to faculty. We learn about the cultures they come from, their previous experiences and their hopes for their lives ahead.
This year, the second year cohort welcomed the new students with a preview of what they can expect, and an offer to be available to answer questions as new students settle in. They also prepared a workshop on team building to get everyone accustomed to collaborating, which is at the heart of social design.
In addition to student presentations, workshops were conducted on the essentials of critique, by DSI faculty Megan Fath, and on the principles of leadership, by entrepreneurship faculty Jane Englebardt. Karina Davila, a first year student from New York said of the leadership workshop: “Jane gave us some insights on how leadership is viewed at companies today and some surprising facts, like that being humble is the number one trait of a leader in today’s world.”
By the end of our Bootcamp experience, most people were tired but excited to get started. DSI’s Bootcamp is a great way to get to know classmates and interact with some of the faculty that will eventually be teaching them how to be effective designers in our evolving field.