Kristin Haskins-Simms, Germantown Friends School class of ‘89

July 29th, 2010

Upon graduating Germantown Friends School (GFS), Kristin Haskins wasn’t sure which career path to follow.  She attended the University of Pennsylvania and received a BA in English with a minor in French.  She lived in New York for several years and worked in finance until she circuitously rediscovered the artistic talent that was first recognized and nurtured at GFS.  Today Kristin is a graphic and clothing designer.

At Germantown Friends School, I wasn’t the best student in a couple of areas, like the sciences and history, but I excelled in math and art. And depending on the year or the teacher, I loved English.

I laugh now when I think of how my college advisor told my parents that I should go to RISD (Rhode Island School of Design) because of my superior artistic talent, and my parents rebuffed thinking he was a racist. They thought he was advising that I attend a “trade school” instead of a regular university or college. Little did we know that RISD was like the “Harvard” of art schools and that he was right since I ended up at RISD to get my MFA.  I didn’t always appreciate or realize how fortunate I was to attend a private school until I left it.

- Kristin Haskins-Simms

(Kristin can be seen on Project Runway Season 8 – premieres Thursday, July 29, 2010 on Lifetime at 9pm et/pt.)

Kristin Haskins-Simms, Germantown Friends School class of ‘89