Posted on December 14, 2013.
Dear Berklee freshmen,
We know, you probably already get Berklee advice all the time. But since we’re graduating next week, we wanted to leave you with the top 12 things that we wish people would have told us when we were in our first semester. With the help of fellow seniors, recent grads, and successful alumni, here is is our ultimate list of practical Berklee survival tips and must-read nuggets of wisdom.
1. In case you haven’t noticed, attending the top music school in the world isn’t cheap. Don’t waste your (or your parents’) money — get your butt out of bed and go to class!
Bonus tip: Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Grab a free peer tutor or go to your teachers’ office hours. Recent grad Seth Jones and senior Isaku Kageyama both agree that developing relationships with your professors is super important.
Even if it’s a 9 AM and you’re this sleepy.
2. You get out of Berklee what you put into it. The college offers tons of resources and opportunities to help you get your career started ASAP, but it’s up to you to actively seek them out. Senior Jeff Kinsey puts it bluntly: “All of the ingredients are here and accessible, but no one’s going to just gift wrap and hand them to you.”
Go to it. 921 Boylston, first floor.
3. Money gets to be really tight in college, so always keep an eye out for and take advantage of on-campus events with free food! (Hint: We at The Groove love having free food at our events, so make sure you stay in the know!)
4. We’ve all felt it: that moment you first step foot in a practice room hallway, and your confidence is torn to shreds as soon as you hear all the talent coming out of every single freaking room. But take it from us: If you start making comparisons or judgments, you’re going to drive yourself absolutely crazy. Remind yourself that you were accepted to Berklee for a reason. Focus on what your goals are and why you’re here.
If you want to be a songwriter, don’t compare yourself to someone who wants to be a concert pianist.
5. Believe it or not, being well-rounded will be a huge advantage to you both personally and professionally. Go explore life in Boston and pick up some new hobbies outside of music! Try photography, graphic design, ultimate frisbee, writing, coding, yoga — whatever sparks your interest!