Admissions 101: The Unusual Stress of Applying to Art School
In Admissions 101 Jay is discussing art school and school stress:
A smart parent wrote to challenge my brush off of high school stress in Monday's Post column. I said high school parents "like to blame schools for the stress of the college admissions process, but those of us who remember our own fearful moments with our own high school juniors and seniors know it is mostly our fault. We choose ambitious goals for ourselves. Our children mimic us." She said her son just got into college, it was very stressful, and she didn't think it had anything to do with her being an ambitious person who went to an Ivy League school. I told her she hadn't proved her case. So she emailed back a stinger missile that wiped me out. Her son applied to art schools. "Each school had its own portfolio requirements, its own essay requirements, its own delivery method [some schools required kids to fold their original art work, some wanted it on CDs, some slides, some wanted a thumbnail sheet, etc.]", she said. I had never before considered the unusual demands of schools that aren't your typical liberal arts/business/pre-med mix. Should we explore this different species of undergraduate institution? Are art and music and culinary and other specialty schools hitting us poor parents, not to mention the applicants, with even more pressure we can't handle?
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| April 15, 2009; 10:49 AM ET
Categories: Admissions 101 | Tags: art school, school stress
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