Experience A Performing Arts College Fair

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Kids who are interested in attending a Performing Arts College Fair will be in for a treat. These fairs are GREAT for Musical Theater Kids. You will get a tremendous amount of information about many programs. In a short period of time you will come away with a better understanding of what types of programs are out there.

That is, of course, if you prepare ahead of time. In this way you can accomplish a lot in the short amount of time you will actually be in attendance. Read on for tips on what you should be doing and considering prior to the fair, and what you should do once you are there.

Why Attend & What To Expect At A College Fair

Visiting a Performing Arts College Fair will open your eyes to many different types of programs.

Some of these programs are what most people think of as "traditional" college programs and some are not.

At the fair, you are able to speak with representatives of the schools in attendance. You are given the opportunity to ask questions about any facet of college life including information that relates to their selection process.

You can speak with an admissions representative about campus life, housing, financial aid, facilities, auditions or any other questions or concerns you may have about their school. You will find the representatives to be more than willing to answer your questions and you can use this opportunity to make a good impression.

Start by Investigating

First, find out where and when the Performing Arts College Fair is coming to your area.

Please note, that these fairs are usually held in large cities around the country and that they are only held in the Fall of each year.

Entrance to the Performing Arts College Fair is usually free and they are usually held in a facility that can accommodate a large amount of people. Plastic shopping bags are given to you when you enter a fair and they are used for the purpose of carrying all the information you will be collecting.

Do not be overwhelmed by the large number of schools and programs you see. Collect you information for future reference so that you may look it over at another, quieter time. You can check for upcoming fairs on this internet site. It lists the date, place, and time of each event. If you do not live near one of the host cities, it is highly suggested, that you travel to the closest one, if possible. At the very least, you can use the Performing Arts Fair list to identify colleges that may have a program of interest to you.

Develop A Performing Arts College Fair Strategy

Here are a few suggestions on attending and "working" the Performing Arts College Fair. You won't have a great deal of time so you have to go for it! You may find that there are hundreds of parents and students at the fair you attend and that you must wait in line in order to interact with an admissions representative at a school of interest.

This is the reason that it is important to develop a strategy of how you will proceed prior to attending the Performing Arts College Fair. Use these hints for developing a strategy before attending.

  • Check the list of Performing Arts Colleges that will be attending the fair and mark those of interest to you.
  • Go to the websites of these colleges to get preliminary information.
  • Based on your initial investigation make a list of the fair booths you wish to visit.
  • Prioritize this list by numbering the schools in order of importance.
  • General information sessions are usually offered at a Performing Arts College Fair. Check the schedule for those you think may be helpful to your college search.

Now you have a strategy of visiting with each school ranked in order of importance. Even if you do not have the opportunity to see and speak with all of the admissions representatives, you will get to see those most important to you. Read-on for a great tip on how to further streamline your visit and make a great impression at the same time.

How To Save Time and Make A Great Impression

You can really save a lot of time if you follow this tip. Prior to attending the fair, create a brief description of your high school accomplishments. You can do this by using a 3 x 5 blank notecard meant to be put into a computer printer, which can be purchased at an office supplies store. Buy a brand that has a template for the notecard, which comes with many word processing programs(check your computer label formatter). To begin, look up the template for the notecard in the "labels and envelopes" section of the word processing program. When you find the template, follow my sample Performing Arts College Fair Notecard example below and plug in your own information. Print the notecards and bring at least 30 or more copies with you to the fair.

Hand this completed notecard to each college admissions representative and avoid filling out forms which may be time consuming. In this way you will be giving all of the necessary information about yourself plus some.

For an example of the notecard please click on this link.

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