If you are a senior in high school, this break probably couldn’t have come any sooner! Between college applications, college auditions and senior year commitments – you are ready for some R&R. Besides sleeping in until noon (okay, maybe not every day) here are some things I suggest doing while you are on break for the holidays:
Fill out FAFSA
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid opens on January 1st for everyone. This application can be a bit time consuming, so be sure to give yourself plenty of time to fill it out. You’ll need your parents for this, so be sure to grab them in between holiday parties to gather necessary information. Read more
Choosing the perfect college is a hard enough task as is. Add the undertaking of picking the ideal performing arts program housed within your dream college and it can be enough to make your head spin! Summer is the time for students entering their senior year to solidify their college list and start to get organized on each school’s academic and artistic requirements. So, here are some of our top tips on how to narrow down a performing arts college list that will make you happy as both a human being and an artist! Read more
September is known as the unofficial start of college application season. Suddenly everything becomes real: college visits, applications, gathering references, transcripts, and digital portfolios, all with the anticipation that over the next several months, you will be deciding on a college.
The fall of your senior year in high school can be a busy time, especially if you’re planning to go to college, especially especially if you’re planning to study the arts. Music, theatre, dance, and visual arts programs often have a more rigorous application process and can be much more competitive than general admissions to the university. But when you want to study the arts, choosing the right program can be a huge part of getting your career off on the right foot, so you want to get everything right.
If you’re pursuing the arts at a collegiate level, you know that college application season is going to be a busy time for you. Between visits, interviews, applications, portfolios, auditions, and (gasp!) final decisions, the life of a soon-to-be arts major can be crazy. It’s easy to think of the summer before your senior year as a time to relax before the craziness. And while you can definitely still enjoy some pool time, there are a few easy things you can do during the summer that will give you a huge head start in the fall.
When you’re an aspiring artist, you spend a lot of time trying to get yourself in front of the right people: coaches, instructors, teachers, you name it. Getting the best guidance and training for your talent is a huge part of starting your career as a performing or visual artist. It doesn’t matter if you’re trying to impress colleges, casting agents, directors, or potential employers, you definitely want to make a great first impression. And that might be easier than you think.
For most performing and visual arts colleges, the big decision day is May 1st. That means by then you should have a solid idea of where you’ll be going in the fall, and that can be a lot of pressure. Making your final college decision is a big deal (you definitely know that already), which is why you’ve taken your application process seriously. Now everyone, from your parents to your teachers to your next-door neighbors, has an opinion about your ultimate college decision. How do you sort it all out to determine what’s best for you?
If you’re asking yourself this question, you probably already know that the final months of your senior year aren’t traditionally the best time to apply to college, especially for the performing and visual arts. Most of the applying and auditioning happened in the fall and winter, and the deciding begins in the spring. But for one reason or another, you’re just not ready to decide. And you’re afraid you might be too late to broaden your choices. Well, guess what? You’re not.
It’s that time of year when audition materials are being selected, college applications are piling up, and deadlines are right around the corner. Applying to college, especially for the performing arts, can be a stressful time. At Acceptd, we want you to remember one thing:
You just finished recording your prescreen video earlier that day and are uploading it to your computer. You filled out the last of the question fields on the application and check the clock. You still have 30 minutes to spare before the deadline expires. Feeling good, you take a second to review all your media one more time: headshot looks great, your resume is polished, prescreen video sounds…weird. You play it back just to make sure, but you still hear it: the faint sound of a car alarm in the background of your concerto. And there’s no time to re-record.