It’s probably the biggest investment decision you will ever make in your life next to buying a house. You’ve done everything right. You’ve parlayed your high school education into a portfolio of dreams. You worked hard, found a focus and passion for your future, auditioned for your dream schools and now the acceptances are in and the decision must be made.
First, take the pressure off. You’ve been looked at and evaluated by every college program to which you applied. That means in their professional opinion, based on years of experience at their institution, you are deemed to have the talent and ability to make it through their department and graduate! Now you get to make your decision. You get to decide where YOU want to spend the next four years.
It’s not as hard as it seems. There’s a still small voice talking to you. No, it’s not your friends, or teachers, or even your parents. It’s that excited feeling you have when you think about the letter you received welcoming you. It’s the dreams you have for yourself. It’s that vision you get when you close your eyes and think of yourself on that particular campus, on their stages, or with a camera or script in hand. It’s where you know your life-long relationships will be made.
I had a meeting today with an intelligent and talented young man. He’s making a choice between two top-tier colleges on two different coasts. Two outstanding schools with two entirely different programs. Not only that, one is offering a BA program to him and the other a BFA. I was so impressed with how well he had done his homework and how clear he is on his own dream. He’s focused and passionate. He didn’t need my help but it was sure fun to talk about what the future holds for him.
I suspect you’re in exactly the same position. Deep down, you know what the right choice is, but it’s always good to have a sounding board. Find someone you can trust. Who will listen and not unduly persuade. Ultimately this should be your decision. You’re the one who will be going to class, rehearsals, performing, writing the scripts, directing, or filming. You’re the one who will be fulfilling your dreams. Congratulations on making the right choice for YOURSELF!