What does this mean for our male students? We would like to tell their story of how they arrived at Moore and showcase their creative work. This is a tremendous opportunity to be publicly recognizing their talent while promoting the programs.
Zhong Zhuang wanted an “American experience,” something he couldn’t get in his hometown of Jilin, China.
he chose to come to Moore to complete his graduate studies in Interior Design.
Zhuang, who owns an interior design business back home, said he was impressed by Moore’s history and the all-women undergraduate program.
the language barrier, Zhuang said his teacher and classmates have helped him
with his studies and acclimating to life in the United States. He has been too
busy to get homesick.
just want to study the differences between interior design in China and the
U.S.,” he said.
While he hasn't had time yet to explore the sights in Philadelphia, Zhuang has a loftier goal in mind: a trip to The White House.
Kenny Harris was looking for a change of scenery.
He knew he wanted to attend a smaller school for his master’s degree after completing undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Painting at SUNY Brockport, an upstate New York college with roughly 16,000 students.
“After being around so many people it was good to find a smaller school,” he said. “Philadelphia seemed like a good environment.”
Harris, who’s engaged to be married, was aware that Moore’s undergraduate program was all-female and the graduate program coed, but it didn’t make a difference.
“I knew the graduate program was small so that even if I was outnumbered it would be like 9:1, so it’s manageable,” he said.
Harris said that studying in Ireland was a life-changing experience.
Before coming to Moore, Derrick King was a healthcare recruiter working with disabled children and adults.
“My only interior design background was what I did myself,” he said. “My friends hired me to do their homes.”
As a recruiter, King said he knew he wasn’t being fulfilled. A lot of his friends said he should enroll in an interior design program.
“Fear held me back. Then I thought ‘why not?’ True success really comes when you follow what you’re passionate about.”
King liked what he saw on Moore’s website.
“I liked the idea of the personal attention, the close-knit community,” he said. “I took a tour, and besides all the amazing things to look at, I thought ‘I could see myself here.’”
King didn’t know that Moore was an all women’s school until after he arrived, but it didn’t bother him. “Still, it was always funny when I walked into the cafeteria and the rest of the students looked at me like ‘what are you doing here?’” he joked.
A church gospel singer who is also in charge of music in a homeless facility, King said his favorite part of the interior design program is the “very strong professors that are very talented and well-versed in what they teach.”
also likes the range of projects he gets to work on.
“You could be making a bench one day and designing an apartment for your classmate the next,” he said. “It’s fun and it’s a challenge.”
MA in Art Education
When he’s not at Moore studying Art Education, with an Emphasis in Special Populations, Chris Trignani is teaching youngsters at an after-school program through the Department of Recreation.
He chose to come to Moore after completing his BFA in Painting from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.
“I work with kids and many of them have special needs, so it was a good fit,” he said. “I really liked what I saw about the program, incorporating art with special needs. I wanted to fine-tune what I was already doing with the kids.”
Trignani, who will graduate in Summer, 2014, said he didn’t know that Moore’s undergraduate program was all female, but it didn’t matter.
“When I came here there was another guy in my class so it didn’t really register,” he said. “I get along with everyone really well.”
“I really like the observations and going into other classrooms seeing the teachers in action,” he said. “Meeting artists who came here with special needs inspired me to go into sign language and do my thesis on deaf students. I even started a sign language club at Moore that’s open to everyone.