I was thinking the other day, about how stressful the college application process was during my junior and senior years of high school. Without the help and advice of a group of friends I was close with in high school who were a year ahead of me, I'm not sure I would have survived the process. Before I witnessed them applying, I had never even heard of the common application. Yet, the common application is how I applied to most of the schools I applied to. Observing their experience of stressing over applications, essays, letters of recommendation, transcripts, various deadlines, and application fees, allowed me to be so much more prepared to start the process early. Older mentors are invaluable in the college application process.
I began writing essays during the summer before senior year and had all of my common application completed early. I then submitted and waited. As a music theatre major hopeful, I also had the additional stress and fees involved to schedule and travel to auditions for eight programs all over the country. Baldwin Wallace Conservatory was most definitely one of my first choices, but there are no guarantees about auditioning in. This is why people in my major general audition for at least 6-10 programs. Several hundred students a year audition for the BW Music Theatre Program and only about 16 per year are actually accepted in. BW was my first audition of seven and by far the most pleasant. It was in November and I was lucky enough to find out I had gotten in to BWMT in early December. I spent that whole winter traveling to auditions but the reputation of the highly regarded BWMT program won me over in the end. I am so glad I decided to come to this school. It was the best decision I've ever made.