12th Grader at a music school wants a REAL college! Yikes!

<p>Hey everyone.
I'm an 12th grader, who was pretty sure that I was going to make music and singing my career. Unfortunetly, I have decided against it. In 9th grade I was accepted for Spring Semester and attended private school for Winter Semester. However, in 10th grade, I was asked to enroll full time, they had an open space. So I gave everything up and went for the school. Well, now I have big dreams of going to college, and I don't wish to study music any longer. I was hoping Ivy Leagues, but now that I've missed so much educational training, I will end up most likely at a community college, or university, which is fine with me. However, I don't know if that will cut it. </p>

<p>Heres what I got for you right now:</p>

<p>12th Grader
4.0 GPA</p>

<p>Classes I'm taking now:
Private Musical Training
Music Reading IV
Pop Singing (major) IV Year
Classical Music Level IV
Performance in Music IV
Music Appreciation IV</p>

Various Singing Groups
Recital Group (9th, 10th, 11th, 12th)
Tutor (I got a tutor for two subjects, to keep me up with school)
Math and English (10th and 11th)
Pre Calc-87%
English Honors IV-94%
Record Deal (10th)
Studio Time (11th, 12th)
Music Tutor for younger kids (10th, 11th)
Summer Music Conseritories Programs (10th, 11th, 12th)</p>

<p>What are my hopes?? I don't want music anymore, I am looking at giving it up as soon as I graduate.</p>

<p>Having a tutor isn't an extra-curricular activity... being a tutor is.</p>

<p>I don't really think your classes have prepared u for a college career.</p>

<p>Yes, I should have listed that sepreatly. Anyways, I'm asking, is there any way to go to college? I have no idea what I'm going t do now. I don't have a chance...or do I?</p>

<p>What do you want to study in college?</p>

<p>Wow. I'm sorry, but the post, David...something or other, is correct.You haven't challanged yourself at all. Well, I can't say that because I'm not familiar with music. Although, you haven't taken classes the colleges want to see. You are probably, all around, on a 9th grade, possible 10th grade, class scale. Actually that would depend. Except for math and english of course. I'm begining to think, maybe you should graduate from this school, and look into homeschooling for 2 years to catch you up, that way you can maybe get four years done in two?. This way you can go to college in sufficient time, but also get the core subjects you will need. </p>

<p>You should have thought about making music a career before accepting the school. Sometimes those summer intensives are enough and you shouldn't base your life around singing, because most times things change. Or, you could forget that, and go on to get a record deal, or push through with one you have, and do college at a later date.?</p>

<p>I would like to study political science and journalisim, and possibly communications. Is there any hope in the world for me?? Or should go ahead and pursue a career in the music areas?</p>

<p>If you honestly don't want to sing for a career, or teach music, or major in music, then no, you shouldn't do it. If you don't want to do it, you will get bored, and wish you hadn't. So you need to do what you want to do. </p>

<p>Political science...hm..., that would take a lot of educational catch-up. Journalisim, if you can be a creative writer, might work for you. Communications, ah there you go. Journalisim and communications. You've obviously stayed up to date with the english, so I think you might have a nitch there. If you want to do something in one of those fields, I think things may work for you. </p>

<p>Anymore information you can give, would let me help you out better!</p>

<p>By giving up music, you are giving up a major "hook" in the admissions process, AFmoosegirl9. Having said that, I wouldn't recommend lying about your loss of interest in music.</p>

<p>Your academic qualifications do look rather soft for super-selective colleges. I'd suggest exploring a few options: a post-graduate year at a prep or other school to fill in some of the academic gaps and round out your profile a bit (if financial circumstances permit); attending a local junior or community college a year to strengthen academics; applying to a few less selective four year colleges where your academics will likely gain you entry.</p>

<p>If your music school counselor(s) can't advise you effectively, try posting in the College Search forum here with some brief stats plus your primary interests (size, geography, etc.) and perhaps other members can suggest some colleges that will work for your situation. Good luck!</p>

you might want to consider Emerson College in Boston. Most people go there for things like acting, film, and singing and other things like that, but they also have one of the best communications programs. It's in a great location, too! right in the city :) I think your music background would make you a good candidate for their program, and i mean you could always apply as a music major or something like that and then switch to communcations</p>

<p>Thanks I didn't give that a thought about switching.</p>

<p>Hey, moose, you got an AIM screen name?</p>

<p>Um, no acutally. Sorry. Bump!</p>

<p>Uhh... Yahoo? :P</p>

<p>I don't have any instant messaging. :( Sorry.</p>

<p>Well, I have to tell you then that you can still make the ivies if you want. Those schools really love people of unorthodox schooling and training and someone that strays off of the traditional path and takes risks.</p>

<p>The thing you want to aim for is greatness, because this is what these ivies are looking for - that is, with the correct amount of determination, you can still make it. There's still time for the december SAT so that you might self study something and prove your worth in the academic world. Of course, you will want to speak of your alternate path in your essay and that will certainly help you.</p>

<p>Finally, if you lack such determination that will allow you to shine through the admissions for good schools, you can always go to a different school and transfer if you are patient - the important thing is that you not settle, there is still much time for you to correct your path and maximize your potential.</p>

<p>Hey Moose, which state do you live in?</p>

<p>What school are you studying music at? Am curious what made you change your mind unless you prefer not to share.
Your post is most interesting to me. I have a 10th grader who has elected to go into the AMS (advanced music studies )program at her school which is the magnet program for this. It involves 1/2 regular day and the other 1/2 with music studies.
She has been taking voice since kindergarten and other music activities of course and has her mind set on being a professional performer.
Right now she is in the process of working on a demo.</p>

<p>the AMS will start for her in 11th grade...</p>

<p>I live in New York.
I changed my mind due to the fact, I don't think I'll ever make it to hollywood and become the singer that I want to be. And if I did, things get so crazy once you are there.</p>

<p>My D's counselor gave her a list of music schools by state and Emerson wasnt on there..so does it have a good music program.</p>