College visits

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College visits
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Tue, 10-11-2011 - 5:28pm

We took our 16yo on her first round of college visits this past weekend.

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Registered: 09-13-1999
Thu, 10-13-2011 - 10:23am

I love you guys!

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Thu, 10-13-2011 - 11:09am

Good points.

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Registered: 09-13-1999
Thu, 10-13-2011 - 1:18pm

Just to clarify, the stress of taking them was part of it but the scheduling of the tests was the real problem.

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Thu, 10-13-2011 - 2:09pm

I think DS had already decided he was going to live as a guy at college, but he hadn't yet told us, so he didn't let us read his admissions essay.

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Thu, 10-13-2011 - 3:33pm
Yes, the performing art department qualifications and admission process is pretty hefty. You really do need an idea of what is expected prior to Junior year. Add to it that with some schools, it's all or nothing. You have to apply to the school like normal but if you audition for the arts program and don't get accepted by THEM, you are also pulled from consideration from the ENTIRE school... even if you were a top academic candidate. I guess they only want those willing to risk ANY involvement for a performing arts spot.
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Thu, 10-13-2011 - 5:22pm

Just a sign of how things have changed. . . when I was a senior 30+ years ago, I applied to major in music performance for several universities.

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Registered: 05-13-1998
Thu, 10-13-2011 - 5:38pm
Times have changed. I was a stage management major and I didn't have to do squat to get into the theatre department at my university. This same university has a very complex admissions program for theatre now even for those interested in playwriting.
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Registered: 07-26-1999
Thu, 10-13-2011 - 8:43pm
Mahopac, I agree with you on the portfolio. ODD was trying to figure out if she could fit in an art portfolio class in her junior year to get it ready for applications. We looked at a few summer 2 week long programs as a back up. Luckily she was able to take a self directed art portfolio class this year as well as an independent study class that she's using to work towards the AP art history exam, and part of it is doing a few extra pieces for her portfolio.
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Registered: 12-16-2003
Fri, 10-14-2011 - 10:11am
I think that Sophmore year is a great time to start looking. Go to open houses, go to a college fair, etc... Junior year we did tours, talked to coaches, tried the cafeterias, etc... Now that dd is a Senior, she has her applications in and we are waiting to hear from them. We are heading back to some of her favorites when they have days to get extra scholarships, etc....

Ramona  Mom to 2 great kids and wife to one wonderful hubby since 1990!

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Fri, 10-14-2011 - 10:35am

Turtletime- I agree with you on that one.