I guess that, regardless of the decisions, documenting my feelings about each place I went to will better help me make a decision or make me feel better about getting rejected. I don’t know. Here goes.
Colburn: I only visited for a couple hours and all I can say is that it was really strange… I’m not sure how happy the students seemed (in truth, not very happy at all?), but the facilities were nice. The faculty, in all honesty, were kind of snooty and the school was in a really, really horrible neighborhood. I like how it’s so small and focused, all though I guess that focus can sometimes be too narrow.
My rating: 5.5/10
SFCM: okay well I mean I’ve been going here for like all my high school life, so… I guess I can make a pretty fair judgement? It’s kind of in a sketchy, hobo-filled neighborhood (like the rest of SF)…Nice faculty, nice facilities, I’m not so sure I like the whole…atmosphere, it’s hard to explain. I wouldn’t go though, just because I want a change, and I’ve been living in the Bay Area all my life.
My rating: 6.5/10
Indiana: I didn’t even bother doing a live audition and honestly I have no idea why I even applied. Most of the acclaimed faculty have left already and the facilities are so old and dingy. It’s in a nice college town, but the food SUCKS and I guess that’s my main complaint other than the school is just too big and it’s hard to get any attention when you need it.
My rating: 6/10
USC: HORRIBLE NEIGHBORHOOD!! I witnessed a couple of crimes just in the few short days (not even consecutive) I spent there. The facilities are pretty nice and the music school is small enough so that you do get the attention you need. I don’t think the students are that focused though because there is just so much going on at a big university like that. I’m not sure I like the attitude of the students there, either. They’ve got some great teachers on the faculty of the music school though.
Bard: DRUGGIE SCHOOL!!! In practically every trash can, there was beer bottles and just walking down the hallways of the dorm rooms you could smell weed. I guess since the school is in the middle of nowhere, there’s not much else to do. It’s so great that it’s small and has literally the nicest, (JUST BUILT!) facilities, and the food’s pretty great, too. The faculty is also really great. But I don’t see many music students actually using the facilities that have been built for them… The buildings are really far from each other, the school is just so spread out. There’s even a shuttle to bring you from your dorm room to the cafeteria. (weird!!)
NEC: Hands down, one of my favorite schools. The whole attitude of the students and teachers and just everyone there was so positive and driven and I just really wanted to be a part of it when I visited. It was my first time in Boston and I was really pleasantly surprised. Boston has all the greatness of the city, but with the safe-ness of a small town. Although the practice rooms are either saunas or iceboxes, and there aren’t ever enough, and the cafeteria food sucks, you can always practice at home or eat out.
Tufts: People here are SO NICE!! I couldn’t believe how friendly everyone was. The campus is so pretty and not too big, and the food is AMAZING. It’s also just a short subway ride away from the city. I was only here for a couple hours, so I can’t say much, just that damn I hope I get in.
Harvard: Blah blah prestigious I’m never getting in. Let’s cut to the chase: THE FOOD IS HORRIBLE.
Barnard: Everyone here seems to really like it although I’m scared that they are judged by the Columbia kids for not being a real “ivy” student. The Barnard college campus itself isn’t great, but since all the students here have access to Columbia libraries, classrooms, gyms, it’s pretty awesome. Also, NYC!!!
Mannes: Old and dingy, students still seem to like it though, maybe they don’t actually spend a lot of time AT school. The whole school is only one old building. The faculty seem nice though. I only spent a couple hours here so I really can’t say for sure. It’s in NYC though!
Anyway I hope this uber long post didn’t bother any of you, maybe you even enjoyed reading it! who knows.