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8 Things Nobody Warns You About Art School

So you've decided to go to art school? Good! So you've made it past the endless stream of ridicule? GOOD! Now brace yourselves, that's only the beginning of what's in store for you.

1. Your priorities change.

Becca Syracuse

"No! Not me!" You say, "I'll never sacrifice hygiene for the sake of my work!" When you've slept a grand total of 20 minutes all week, you'd be surprised how quickly showering falls to the bottom of your priorities list.

2. The nudity gets old FAST.

You're going to see your friends naked. You're going to see your peers naked. You're going to see strangers naked. HECK, even YOU may get naked in the name of art. As soon as you start to memorize every freckle on campus, it stops being edgy.

3. You're going to make TERRIBLE decisions about your appearance. OWN IT.

Becca Syracuse

Let's face it, you're going to be compelled to do one of the following:

Pierce your face
Spend your grocery money on a tattoo
Dye your hair
Destroy your haircut

ALL in the name of edginess.

GO FOR IT. Your appearance is just another canvas for you to explore! MAKE IT WORK (Sorry if your mom hates it. Don't tell her I told you it was ok.)

4. You stop being shocked by just about everything.

You poor, jaded soul.

5. If there is food, they will come.

Becca Syracuse

The ONLY way anyone is coming to your art show is if you have promised them free food and drinks. Sorry. Don't take it personally, your art is probably awesome, but food is expensive.

6. Paint is expensive.

Paint is REALLY EXPENSIVE. And your teachers probably don't understand that they're forcing you to choose between a sweet $16 tube of titanium white oil paint and EATING.

7. You will begin to deeply resent your friends in "real" college.

Stop me if you've heard this one: "I wish I could be in art school and just draw all day!!!" No matter how hard you try, no one off campus is going to understand just how hard art school is. Don't waste your time with them.

8. ...but You're NEVER alone.

Becca Syracuse

While your friends at "real" college might not understand, your peers are going to be right beside you to encourage you and share your struggles. They're your best resource. Because art is HARD, and it takes blood, sweat, and tears to make GOOD art. You're going to put in a lot of hard work, and spend a lot of late nights in the studio, but the good news is that your friends are going to be right there with you!