For many of you, school is just around the corner. While you’re in it, college may seem like it’s just a part of life, or just what’s supposed to happen. But if you want to make the most out of your tuition money and become the best artist you can be, you have to start viewing school in a different way. School isn’t just a part of life, it’s a huge opportunity. In fact, it’s one of the biggest opportunities an artist has in their life.
This is huge for college students to understand. When you start to view college as this huge opportunity, you’ll be able to start making the choices that will make you a better artist. By doing a few simple (but not easy) things, you can use school to your advantage and become the best artist you can be.
- Be the Studio Hog. The more time you spend in the studio practicing, the better you become. We all know that practice makes perfect, so go practice your face off. In college, you are learning so many new concepts – to think you could absorb all of them without practicing like crazy is ridiculous. Even though classes may seem overwhelming and you might feel the pressure to spend your free time out partying, remember how important it is to budget time for practice.
- Use Your Resources. There is no other time in your life when you will have access to the resources you have in college – the tools, the facilities, the number of fellow artists around you. You have everything you could need to create almost anything. You have nicer equipment than you could ever afford yourself and more artists that are eager to make things than you’ll ever be around again. I promise you that after college, you’ll be wishing you had just one room as big as a dance studio. If you’re not constantly creating while in college, you’re doing something wrong.
- Use Your Professors. Your professors are an amazing resource – so much so that they deserve their own bullet point. Professors are experts, they are almost constantly accessible, and their job is to see you succeed. There can be no question that in many ways they hold the keys to a whole new level of your improvement. Whether you are struggling with a concept from class or you simply want to learn more about a topic, your professor is the best place to turn. Nothing can make a professor’s day like seeing a student truly invested in learning what they are teaching.
You can see there’s a common theme between all three of those things: always look for opportunities. Remember that school is one of the biggest opportunities you’ll ever come across in your life, and if you somehow run out of them (not likely), then go out and MAKE some.