The World of Portfolios
February 1, 2019
By Briti Prajapat, CollegeFindme Intern
Out of those hundreds of thousands of applicants, how can you stand out? Are you excelling in school? Do your test scores set a promising representation of you and your abilities? If no, then seek help from one of your unique talents!
Whether it be dancing, painting, acting, or singing, these qualities may be rarer than you think. Just by submitting a clip of you singing or a collage of your amazing drawings, you will set yourself apart from most students in the application pool.
What should you send?
Well, the hard part is to choose what to use. Answer these questions: what are you most proud of? What do you think reflects your abilities? And lastly, is it unique?
If you want to turn in a video of you singing, choose a song that is challenging, yet you have managed to not just sing it well, but also highlight your vocals. It is essential to be aware not to choose a song that contains inappropriate words and sentences. So basically, select a song that you can sing during a family gathering or a school event.
Furthermore, for artists, make sure to save ALL your artwork from previous years of art classes. Choose your favorites, but if you have any questions, seek help from your art teacher. Your pile of artwork for your portfolio should include only 10-20 sketches, paintings, drawings, and a variety of other art techniques. This will help convince the school of your vast amount of knowledge in the art.
Unlike drawers, dancers should try to concentrate on one specific type of dance. If you are a dancer and you want to submit a group dance, be sure that it focuses mostly on you.
Some colleges and universities do not necessarily have a section on Common application where you can attach your portfolio. To submit your portfolio to these schools, you can mention it in the “Additional information” section and attach the link. Also, you can send a professional email to the admissions committee of the school informing them about your interest in submitting a portfolio.
Don’t be afraid to display your true talents! Show these colleges what you have to offer through our platform and the CommonApp!
From one artist to another, I wish you luck!