Ah, the dreaded waiting game. So if you haven’t submitted your college applications yet, you will most likely be doing so in the next couple of weeks. The time while waiting to hear back from colleges is kind of the worst. To keep from pulling out your hair and checking the mail every 15 minutes, there are some productive things you can do while you wait. In addition to keeping your grades up and spending as much time with your friends and family as possible there are also some other super beneficial things you can be doing during this interim time.
If you can I highly recommend coming to visit Parsons or whatever schools you are applying to. Taking a trip to New York especially is a great idea. I think people can get a skewed idea of New York from television and movies but you never really know if it is a right fit for you until you’re here and you can experience the Big Apple for yourself. Also, the new University Center here at Parsons is definitely worth the trip! You can find more information on visiting Parsons here.
APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIPS
Start applying for as many different scholarships you can. It is never too early to start trying to work out how you are going to finance your tuition and other expenses. Talk to the guidance counselors at your school to help you find scholarships. Any costs you can reduce while away at college will definitely help.
TALK TO STUDENTS/ALUMNI/EVERYONE
Talk to any and everybody even remotely affiliated with Parsons/The New School. I remember back when I was applying to Parsons and doing so much research on the school I asked literally every student I knew who attended Parsons for advice. I was even super creepy and sent Facebook messages to people in my hometown (who I didn’t know) but I saw they attended Parsons, to ask for some tips. While I don’t necessarily recommend that, do whatever is in your comfort zone and talk to as many students that you can, as well as alumni. And don’t forget you can also contact admissions counselors because they are more than willing to speak with you as well and answer any questions you may have. Also feel free to leave a message on any of the posts on the Admissions blog with questions you may have!
Remember those teachers and counselors you sucked up to for the last four years so that they may help with all of those essays and reccomendations? Write them a hand written thank you note. Something short and sweet should do the trick. Just because you’re going to be this hotshot art school student now you should still try to maintain a relationship with some of your high school teachers!
So even though you’ve most likely finished your portfolio and your Parsons Challenge it is still so important to keep feeling inspired. I know inspired is sort of this ominous/ambiguous word but what I mean is take pictures of things you like and interest you, colors, shapes, patterns. Tear out images from magazines, keep a record of the things that are inspiring you. And if you don’t already start your own blog of things that you’re interested in. Also keep making things, inspiration comes from doing, no magical light bulb goes off while sitting around and watching TV. This is so important not only for your own personal and artistic growth but this fall it will definitely make things a lot easier when given projects and assignments!
Good luck to everyone applying!