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3 Reasons a Theater Degree is Important

3 Reasons a Theater Degree is Important | College | Scoop.it
We need a new and more effective way of talking about the value and power of a degree in the performing arts. Here are three reasons why a degree in theater is important.

Via Rachel Ayers Waller
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While I agree with the point of this article, I have a bit of an issue with the second point. This article's second point states that a theatre degree is good preparation for other careers. This is true, because it gives you good public speaking and people skills. However, the tone of the second paragraph leads me to believe that the author does not see theatre as a legitimate career. Yes, a theatre degree can be used to help in non-art-related careers, but it can also be used to pursue a career in musical theatre, film, and voice acting. I do agree with the other two points of the article, especially the third point. Many people have told me that I should go for a different degree in college, like business or a pre-med, and then when I get a "real job" I can just do theatre on the side for fun. These people don't understand that theatre really is a full-time job, and you can't have a job that requires a lot of commitment, because what are you going to do? Quit every time you book a role? I've never really cared about having a large salary as long as I can continue to do theatre for the rest of my life. How much money you make isn't as important as how happy you are. I think this article does a good job at expressing why I'm choosing to get a theatre degree, and why other theatre students serious about their craft shouldn't hesitate to do the same.

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Rachel Ayers Waller's curator insight, June 11, 2013 11:43 PM

1. Theater is a business.

2. The business of theater is good preparation for other careers.

3. Social importance and salary do not always correlate.

Frieda Karipi's curator insight, September 9, 2014 5:11 AM

Seeing Theatre as a business and being professional to enable the audience to pay for it and appreciate its value.

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In College Admissions, Social Media Can Be a Double-Edged Sword

In College Admissions, Social Media Can Be a Double-Edged Sword | College | Scoop.it
As more colleges find and judge applicants’ social media posts, parents wonder whether their high-school-aged children should censor their online activities during the admissions process.

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Social media is increasingly becoming part of how we interact as human beings. However, this can lead to people being able to find out things about you before they even meet you. Social media is not a terror, as many parents would like to think. It will not lead to you being rejected from college unless you use it improperly. Proper privacy settings keep admission officers, employers, and anyone you don't want to see your posts from seeing your page. If you are using proper privacy settings, then no one outside your friends list can see anything but your profile and cover photo. Admissions officers are usually not allowed to ask for your password, and you are not required to give it to them if they do. It's unethical for anyone to have your social media passwords but you. Therefore, I do believe that this article doesn't quite grasp the way to use social media so it remains entirely in your control. It seems to me as though it has an air of fear-mongering that often pops up around social media.

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Up to 50,000 young adults in 'dead-end' college courses, says IPPR

Up to 50,000 young adults in 'dead-end' college courses, says IPPR | College | Scoop.it
Thinktank claims many teenagers on such courses would be better off in apprenticeships or stronger forms of training (Up to 50,000 young adults in 'dead-end' college courses.
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I definitely think that college should not be a must-go thing. Many students do not learn the way that the state sets for them, and therefore a child that doesn't learn well in high school style courses might struggle in college courses as well. These same students might do much better in apprenticeships or training programs that work hands-on rather than learning through lectures and theory. Teens should not be pressured into attending a big university and getting a business major, but they should be encouraged to pick up some sort of real world skills or knowledge through their post-secondary education. I don't see college as a ticket to a high paying job, mostly because I don't think that that's what life should be about. I believe life should be about doing the things that you love. College is there to provide knowledge and skills, but if you don't learn that way, I believe that you should try and learn some other way.

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