Truth be told, not everybody totally loved their time at Purchase. But everybody did love something about their time in the 914. Twenty-three-year-old drama studies major Cody “Spice” Hoffmann said, “Some of my best friends who I’m gonna have for the rest of my life I met at purchase, so I can’t hate it too much!”
Cody Spice, drama studies grad of May 2012
And while some will sing the praises of Purchase in their post-grad lives, many students can certainly relate to Spice’s sentiments of neutrality. “[Purchase] didn’t help or hurt me, it was just kind of part of my life that’s over.” Spice references his investment at Purch with a laugh, saying, “I spent thousands of dollars on a degree I’m never gonna use.”
Spice is back where he grew up, in Westchester, currently working on his goal of striking out on his own, “I would like to end up in fashion, sooner rather than later.” Spice is making his moves as a Visual Associate at the J. Crew in White Plains and a bellhop at the Ritz Carlton.
Though Purchase may not be the driving force behind Spice’s motivations, his fondest memories are of a junior year spent hula hooping and jump roping outdoors with friends. Of his major, Spice says,
“I learned how to lie when I was really young, and was happy about getting away with things I didn’t need to get away with,” says Spice. “I could totally act, I can lie my ass off,” and he claims the major definitely fit his personality.
With the help of advisor Kathleen Tolan, for Spice’s senior project he wrote a semi-autobiographical play about adolescent transitions, which he chose not to produce. “It would probably be at my fifth year at purchase if not for Kathleen.”
Though Spice says the night he graduated was, “the best advice ever,” he offers some sound advice to the Purchase students he leaves behind.
“Know who your friends are, and don’t act crazy, cause it’s a small motherf*cking school.”