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Not Accepted to any College... What do I do?

fun4est13fun4est13 Registered User Posts: 4 New Member
edited March 2012 in College Admissions
I haven't been accepted to any school I've applied to, and I'm at the point of just not knowing what to do and feeling like a failure... I will admit, my grades are not the best (C's and B's, some A's) due to some personal issues I've had to deal with throughout my life-but college's obviously don't care about that no matter how understated I try to make it and how I've had to overcome it. I'm a music major, more specifically an Audio Engineering major-at least that's what I want to be. I have not chosen this major for the money or anything of that nature-it's my passion. I've been doing it since sophomore year and progressing on my own and want nothing more to attend a college that will make me succeed in the real world. I really don't want to spend a year at a community college at all because it's almost a waste of a year for me taking general education classes and what not... I'm tired of just "doing school" for the grades. I want to learn and grow in what I'm passionate about, but it seems that is just not enough for colleges. I'm going to apply to smaller, less competitive schools near home, but I'm really doubting getting in after not getting into the schools I already applied to...

Schools I applied to: Indiana University in Bloomington, Belmont University, and Berklee College of Music.

I made the interview for IU, which only invites 50% of it's applicants for the program, and only 15 people are accepted. I was OK with not making it because I ended up not liking the professors or the way the program was set up. The only reason I know for sure I didn't get accepted into IU was because of my grades. Belmont did not really consider my musical background at all when rejecting me, I really have no idea. Just grades and my application were assessed. They were really quick in deciding. Berklee.. I honestly have no idea why I did not get in... I did my interview/audition and it went GREAT! I came out of that pretty confident, but when I look back now, I feel like I wasn't able to show them my true potential. I focused more on impressing them with what they are impressed with and what they know, but maybe that was my mistake? Trying to be more conservative instead of creative and not afraid of experimenting-taking chances. Berklee has no specific grades they look for, or ACT/SAT scores. They look at them, but talent is more important. So right now I just feel like a failure and don't know what to do.... What college will accept me? What do I need to do to get into college but also not waste a year?

I'm going to apply to Columbia College in Chicago and DePaul University as well, but I don't know if they will accept me... Any advice is appreciated.
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Replies to: Not Accepted to any College... What do I do?

  • zephyr15zephyr15 Registered User Posts: 2,298 Senior Member
    In all liklihood, in the next few days, you will start receiving mail from colleges that still have space for next year. If not, I'm sure a thread will pop up somewhere on CC.
  • fun4est13fun4est13 Registered User Posts: 4 New Member
    Thanks, I'll look into that.
  • happymomof1happymomof1 Registered User Posts: 25,363 Senior Member
    Columbia College Chicago has excellent programs in the arts, is very very admissions-friendly, and the location is unbeatable. HOWEVER, the financial aid situation there is not good. If you can't afford the full cost without aid other than a Stafford Loan, then you should look elsewhere or pick up as many credits as possible on the cheap at your local community college before transferring in.
  • fun4est13fun4est13 Registered User Posts: 4 New Member
    Yeah, I've visited and it was pretty cool. I'd rather go there than anywhere else right now given the circumstances. Money isn't an issue for me so yeah...
  • jetsfan289jetsfan289 Registered User Posts: 435 Member
    well you shouldnt have only applied to 3 colleges where there all basically reaches. no offense. but anyway someone just posted a list of schools whose deadlines haven't passed yet! apply to ones that appeal to you and that you can get into and go from there!
  • fun4est13fun4est13 Registered User Posts: 4 New Member
    I applied to Middle Tennessee State University as well, but I didn't get in there either... But thanks... I'll look into that...

    I also didn't have any common app options except for one school and I needed to do art supplements, so I don't get the nice option of just applying to a bunch of schools like most because I have to write separate essay's for each school and make portfolios/prepare for auditions which takes time, and time is something I don't have with school and all of my other extra activities outside of school that require a lot of dedication and time.
  • ucbalumnusucbalumnus Registered User Posts: 62,990 Senior Member
    Another option is to go to community college, do well there, and then transfer to your state flagship or other state university to complete your bachelor's degree. Some who go this route go on to top PhD programs in their majors.
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