How to Survive Theater School


It’s estimated that approximately 56 percent of college students graduate within six years of beginning their continued education. While this low graduation often has to do with money, there are those students who find the workload to be too taxing. Those with the stamina and determination to make it through theater school are able to open up a wide array of options when it comes to the development of a noteworthy career including:

  • Choreographer & Performing Arts Teacher
  • Creative Director
  • Director
  • Producer
  • Technical Writer

While the odds are only barely in your favor for finishing your academic career and earning your degree, the fact that you’re now aware of this red flag gives you an advantage. There are three tips you should follow to be one of the few who walks the stage to receive the degree that will be the key to your future success.

1. Sleep for Focus and Drive

cooling-mattress-sleepLet’s face it. There are a plethora of challenges that face college students. From midterms and deadlines to holding down a job and more, it can seem as though the day doesn’t offer enough hours to get everything done. It’s estimated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that college students need around eight hours of restful sleep. Just a few ways you can increase the length and quality of your sleep include:

  • College students don’t typically spend much on what they sleep on, but if you’re tossing and turning all night and waking up with back pain then how productive are you going to be. Consider buying a topper to improve your bedding and limit any aches or pains you get from a cheap mattress.
  • Turn off all the lights and electronic devices that can create a barrier between you and sleep.
  • Consider exercising a few hours before bed as this encourages the body to drift off more quickly.

2. Form a Study Group

students-group studyCollege is much different than high school in a number of ways, and this can throw younger college freshman off guard. One of the main differences is that you are attending classes with people all over the country. Unlike high school, these aren’t people you have grown up with, and this means new friendships and alliances must be formed.

Studying can be difficult, and it helps when you have more than one set of eyes on the material. Take time to speak with other students around you. When an upcoming test is announced, make efforts to form a study group. Not only will being part of a social group make you more confident, but it will also provide a more well-rounded perspective as you study important material.

3. Manage Time Wisely

organizer-plannerThe college years comprise a stage in life when many are exploring life on their own for the very first time. This, in itself, is a huge transition, and when you add the stress of college, it can become overwhelming. In order to best ensure you make the most out of every minute, take the time once a week to plan ahead. The small purchase made in a day planner can prove well worth the investment. This allows you to easily record important events and more easily prepare for whatever life may have to throw your way.