I've been accepted by CalArts and USC! Woo hoo!
CalArts sent me a package on Monday. It said 'congratulations' on the outside. I couldn't believe it! I was so excited I jumped up and down and kept on saying "Oh my God! No Way!" in front of my mailbox. The neighbors probably thought I was nuts!
At any rate. It was such a great moment. I've been wanting to get into CalArts for so long the school itself has become an icon of success. To be accepted by CalArts says that one of the nation's top animation schools believes I have what it takes to be a successful animator. It makes me more confident about my decision to pursue a passion. Up until now I still lacked reassurance--something that proves to myself that I have the talent and determination and that pursuing animation is not some naive and selfish dream.
The family got together and had a mini-celebration together. My cousin and I got a bottle of champagne and a cheesecake. After wine and dine we sat around and talked about which school to go to (Ringling or CalArts). Aside from the package I also got some letters from CalArts, USC, and SCAD. I was so excited I haven't really bothered to open the other letters (I figured they probably needed some documents for financial aid). My dad joked that I should open the letter from USC, that they probably accepted me too. "CONGRATULATIONS," it said! What a surprise! I wasn't even expecting a response from USC this early. That had to be the highlight of the evening.
So now I have gotten into all three programs I applied for (computer animation at Ringling, character animation at CalArts, and masters of animation at USC). The tough part is choosing where to go. My top two choices are CalArts and Ringling. I need to visit Ringling and do more research before reaching a final decision. The question now is what's the next stage? What must I do in the next few month to papare for school so I measure up to my talented classmates?
Life is a bliss.