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Planning for college

lanning for college can seem like a lot of work, but it is simpler than you think. Early in your high school career, as early as your freshman year, you can begin to establish good habits and to identify the specific steps you need to take to get where you want to go.

Good habits include participating in after school activities, taking on a job or internship, and volunteering. Rehearsals are demanding, but by spending time offstage, you will learn if theatre is what you really want to pursue. Not to mention that colleges like to see well-rounded résumés, and the skills you develop in activities like student government can help you in the theatre.

Of course, you should keep up your academic work. You might think you’ll be able to act or sing your way into an incredible college theatre program. But if you leave high school with a C average, you may be disappointed. The last semester of senior year can be particularly important, since those grades can affect scholarship eligibility.

The specific steps toward success begin with defining your goals and interests. The start of the school year is a good time to meet your guidance counselor to review your college plan. Fall is also a good time to take standardized tests and to collect supplemental application materials like letters of recommendation. In winter, apply for financial aid. Spring is best for campus visits.

Above all, don’t worry if your plans change. You’re learning—and that’s what school is for. Many students change their minds along their college journey as they learn more about themselves and what’s available to them.

When you begin searching for colleges, a step-by-step plan can help you stay focused. Our “College Application Calendar” is a great tool to keep you on track.

 Continue your college journey

       Search for colleges
         Discover the right school for you
       Get advice from other students
         Join the EdTA Community forum to learn how other students planned for college.
       Learn about applying to college
         Find out how to build and send your submission package

 More resources about planning for college

       “College Application Calendar”
      “Laying a Foundation” – how to prepare for a career in design/production