Friday, Sept. 19 started out as just another ordinary day for L.A. Trade Technical College’s digital communications students.
That all changed when Kanye West made a surprise appearance in a graphic design class to speak to the students and teach them lessons only Professor Yeezus could teach.
Complex magazine caught up with 19-year-old Andre Pitts, a visual communications student who was present for West’s nearly two-hour lesson.
“It was on Friday at about 1:30 in the afternoon. I walked into my class and…then all of a sudden Kanye walked in through the door,” Pitts recalled to Complex. “My heart dropped, I didn’t believe what I was seeing. … I was like, ‘Is that who I think it is?’ After that, I just started to try to pull out my phone and get a photo of him.”
West visited the graphic design students’ class to fulfill part of a court-mandated community service sentence, Complex reported. And, as Pitts described, West seemed to enjoy sharing his time with the students — and even allowed them to ask him questions about design, fashion and music, West’s three main passions and artistic pursuits.
“Someone asked if he listens to his own music, or if he listens to other people’s music,” Pitts told Complex. “He said he likes to listen to his own music since he thinks he’s the best artist, still.”
During the class, West even had a few life lessons to share that could only come from someone like him.
“He was giving examples of different things, and saying that having a Rolex or a Benz is not something that actually represents your success, because there’s always something more expensive to buy,” Pitts said. “So, he was saying that success was really being able to do things for others as well as the people around you and yourself.”
Ultimately, Pitts said West’s visit has already pushed him to become a better designer and to strive toward success in his education.
“Simply by him being there, and what he was saying about life and success and different things like that, it inspired me to push myself to be the best designer I can be, so that way I can bring success to myself and the people around me,” he said. “And to work hard at what I do and to never give up and think that I can’t become something because someone else is already doing it or someone might think it’s stupid or not good. It inspired me to look at the world differently.”
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