College Craziness

I’ve been working really hard on college applications so I thought I would share a little bit about the college tours I went on this summer!

My grandparents and I stayed in Boston for a couple of days this summer and looked at colleges. We all had a really good time having this mini vacation together. The first school we saw was Boston College (photo above). The school is a Jesuit school and the focus on spirituality and wanting the students there to grow spiritually and intellectually really appealed to me. The campus was really nice and the architecture was beautiful.

I think this building is the art building…it’s nice looking anyways!

The second college we looked at was Tufts. Tufts has some pretty neat programs, pharmacist had a nice campus, ascariasis and is only 15 minutes away from downtown Boston (huge plus in my book!) I felt it lacked the same feel as Boston College, though. I’m not sure I’m going to apply there (I better figure out soon!)

Tuft’s mascot is an elephant. Umm win.

You can see the Boston skyline from campus which is really cool. I <3 Boston.

The final college we saw was Brown. I love Brown. It’s my first choice. They have no set curriculum, allowing students to choose exactly what classes they want to take. They also have a partnership with RISD so I could take photography classes there which would be really awesome!

This modern looking building is the brand new art building. Drool.

I really liked Brown’s campus. It definitely has the campus feel while still being a part of Providence, which is a pretty neat city! I’m applying early to Brown (meaning I’ll know in December if I’m in or not and if I’m in, I have to go there). Their application is loooong. Not only do I have to fill out the entire Common Ap (which has one essay), but they have a supplementary application with like 6 short answer questions and another essay. I’ve been really lucky with all the help I’ve received while working on my application. A teacher at my grandma’s school helped me with formatting my resume, my mom and grandma both helped me on the essays, and my teachers have written really nice letters of recommendation. Tonight I wrote my final essay! I’m going to have several people look at it and critique it but after that I’ll be ready to send in my application!

The last thing I have to do is decide on what portfolio pieces I am going to send in. Brown allows you to choose 10 pieces of artwork to send in for them to look at and I decided to send 10 of my photographs. I went to National Portfolio Day at Watkins College of Art in Nashville today. A ton of art schools were there and they reviewed your portfolios. I met with 4 different schools (I was there the entire time..from 12 to 4. And I was standing the whole time. My back hurt so bad!) and they gave me ok feedback. The School of Art Institute of Chicago didn’t give me any feedback at all which was annoying. I met with an art school from Oregon and that guy was at least somewhat helpful. The woman from Watkins was mildly insulting. And then lastly I met with a guy from Washington University in St. Louis. He was really nice and encouraging while still being constructive. I think I’ll probably apply there. So overall, I’m happy I went for the experience but was disappointed with the lack of constructive criticism. I would have loved to have been told specific things I could work on or change in my photographs…oh well! On Tuesday I’m meeting with the art teachers at Ensworth so they can help me. I think they’ll be able to give me much better feedback and help me out more. So hopefully by Wednesday I’ll know exactly what pictures I want to send, get them printed at school, and mail them off! I never though I’d be finished with this application!

The last couple of weeks at school were really stressful because the end of the quarter was nearing- I didn’t know if I was going to be able to get everything done. Somehow, I managed. This is our fall break right now (meaning we have Monday and Tuesday off…woohoo!). The next week is going to be really busy as well but hopefully things will start to slow down, at least a little bit.

I’ve been putting a lot of time into this blog. I probably don’t have the time to be doing that…I should be focusing on schoolwork and such…but this blog is one of the only things in my life now that isn’t stressful so it’s definitely a nice outlet to have. I’m really excited about the 12 weeks of Christmas Cookie Recipe thing I joined…I’ve been trying to decide what cookies to share this week! I’ve been too busy to make dinner lately but I have a lot of ideas that I want to try as soon as I get the chance.

So I’ll leave you with one final picture :)

While my grandparents and I were in Boston, we ate at the North End. We went to Mike’s Pastries and got canolies after dinner. Oh my goodness they were so good! You have to go to Mike’s if you’re in Boston- they have every kind of canoli you could imagine plus a ton of other pastries and gellato. Yummy yummy goodness! Maybe I’ll make canolies one of these days :)

Have a great week!

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