Video: Surviving College Applications for Performing Arts Students

Applying to performing arts colleges can be even more stressful than traditional admission. Learn how to give it your all from student vlogger Ashton.

So you’re lost and confused in the college application process, and there’s so much work to do between schoolwork, the SAT, sports, applications, and finding time to socialize. You’re probably wondering how you’ll survive this crazy schedule! Student vlogger Ashton is currently in the process of applying to schools for performing arts, so she feels your pain. For tips on how to survive college applications for these schools, watch her video below.

Organize

  • Use a paper or digital planner to write everything down so you don’t forget anything. It’s scientifically proven that if you write something down, you’re more likely to remember it.
  • Always prep the night before. Pack your backpack with everything you need before bed so you’re not rushing in the morning.
  • Submit your applications early! Prescreens and transcripts can take a while to upload—and audition videos could take anywhere from 30 minutes to six hours. Start your upload at least two days early so you don’t miss the deadline due to technical difficulties.

Related: Tips for Better Organization and Study Habits in High School

Practice

  • You have to find time to practice and hone your craft if don’t want to fall behind. Ask your teachers if you can use rooms to practice during study halls or lunch.
  • Try mental practice. You might not be able to sing out loud in your downtime, but you can go over the song or performance in your head. 

Related: College Audition Do’s and Don’ts

Relax

  • Using your only downtime to practice makes it hard to find time to relax, so be sure to schedule time for yourself. You don’t want to strain yourself. Put the work aside when you feel you need to and take care of your mental health as well.
  • Indulge in activities that you find relaxing. It may require some trial and error if you’ve been working hard, but you’ll appreciate your downtime more for that.

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