Having An Art To Heart

| Learning | September 26, 2013

(I’m a college senior attending a ‘Portfolio Day’ where representatives from art schools come to review prospective students’ portfolios and assess their eligibility for their respective schools. The booth I’m at is for a state school, and the representative has been hemming and hawing over my portfolio.)

Representative: “Well, I just don’t know. I’m not really ‘getting’ who you are as an artist from all of this. It’s sort of all over the place, you know?”

Me: *crestfallen* “I suppose so…”

Representative: “I mean, it’s not AWFUL or anything, but I’m just not sure if you’re the best fit for [college]. Well, here, let’s look at your test scores and see how you measure up on general requirements, okay?”

Me: “Okay.”

Representative: “Well, it says here that you scored a 1460 on the SAT. That’s on the 2400 scale, right?”

(I received two SAT scores, one out of 1600, and one out of 2400.)

Me: *slightly affronted* “No! That was on the 1600 scale! My 2400 score was 2190!”

Representative: “You scored a 1460 out of 1600?”

Me: “Yes!”

Representative: “That’s really high.”

(There is a long pause as the rep processes this.)

Representative: “Well we’d just LOVE to have you join us at [college]!”

(I wound up having much better luck at another, out-of-state school, who liked my art as well as my high test scores. I’ve since graduated with a BA.)

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