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Dropping out of school to go to a better one


For 20 years my life has been filled with indecision and anxiety about my future, now I am incredibly excited because I believe advertising is my calling. The problem is that I am a sophomore at a very good university in the southeast but am stuck majoring in communications. I feel like finishing up my degree here might be a waste of time, time I could use going to a place like Miami Ad School. Do you think dropping out and getting started on my advertising goals is a good idea?

intro Dropping out of school to go to a better oneIf you are excited about this career path and your school doesn’t have a good advertising program (sounds like that’s a given) there’s no down side to applying to a great advertising program at a place like Miami Ad School, or VCU Brandcenter (formerly Adcenter—they’ve just re-named themselves). Both schools have holistic approaches to advertising and turn out exceptional young art directors, writers and planners. meanwhile you’re not wasting your time as a communications major, but there’s no question that if you are interested in one of those streams you will have a superior experience in a program designed to see you get a good job straight out of school, taught by top professionals.

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'Jancy' is Janet Kestin and Nancy Vonk, Co-Founders of Swim, a unique “creative leadership training lab for advertising creatives and marketers.” Prior to Swim, Jancy was globally renowned as the Co-Chief Creative Officers of Ogilvy & Mather Toronto, a position they held for thirteen of the twenty years they were a creative duo at the agency. Over the years they've racked up Cannes Lions, Clios, One Show pencils and CA credits, and have lead their shop to two Cannes Lions Grand Prix and a Grand Clio. They've judged CA, Cannes, D&AD, the One Show, the Clios and other prestigious award shows. Creativity named them two of the top 50 creative people of 2008. Known for their outspoken, no-bullshit style and a passion for mentoring juniors, they're ready to give you advice if you're ready to take it.

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