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Ray Chiulli @ratchili

Age 24, Male

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Posted by ratchili - September 2nd, 2017

Hello, everybody.

I am officially a college student.

"A college student??", you ask, drooling from your pale swollen lips that whisper about the fading days of mario flash parodies. Yes, a college student.

I'm currently attending Pratt Intitute, majoring in 2D Animation. That's right, your boy's finally taking a big leap towards a career in animation. One that is hopefully successful and not composed of direct-DVD Barbie films you find in the 2-dollar bin at Wal-Mart. Needless to say, I'm very excited.

I've been at Pratt for about two weeks now, the first being orientation and the second being my first official week of classes. It's very unique atmosphere. I'm still wrapping my 3rd-grade-reading-level mind around the fact that I no longer have to worry about math classes anymore, and that I'm finally at a place of creative people for creative people. I'm finally a place I stressed so much about getting to, a place that meant everything to me. I'd call it home, but it's more like RV taking me to a place I want to be in life. But don't get me wrong, this RV is cozy as fuck.

I've made a good deal of friends so far, people who've already begun to inspire me and show me new ways to look at and interpret art. It's fucking crazy. I've met people from all sorts of grades and majors, all from different parts of the world. It's one of my favorite things to see such different people be so similar simply because there's something about everyone's experience that led them to a place where they could create or design content for the world. No matter how everyone's lives were tailored, they somehow found themselves at Pratt.

I know I haven't been around much at all, and I'm sure this post kind of explains it. Getting shit together for such a big change isn't exactly a 1-hour task. I wish I could upload more here since I feel like I owe it to NG, but for now I'm gonna focus more on college tasks and see what I can do from there. Newgrounds gave me the chance to discover my passion, so it's only fair that at some point that I start giving back.

I made my Newgrounds account when I was 9 years old. From that age, I discovered the power a person has to create and produce content. It amazed me how anyone with the passion and resources could create the most amazing, beautful, imaginative, and even hilarious things for the world to see. I knew from that point on that I wanted to be an artist, specifically an animator if I could manage that. I never stopped watching cartoons, I never stopped drawing, I never stopped taking inspiration. Newgrounds was my first step towards a creative career, and here I am now, typing this message from Pratt. As I take this next big step towards being an animator, I'll never forget the uniquely inspiring world of creators that led me down this path. There's nothing quite like Newgrounds, and without it, I'm not sure if I'd be where I am today.

I hope to be back at some point soon, maybe even with some quality diarrhea to digitally smear across the web's face. Or at the very least, new skills and knowledge about art and animation.

Thanks again, Newgrounds, for everything (by everyone).


Hope it's all still going well.