Dev Blair
Dev Blair,
B.F.A., Performing Arts, , Spanish Language and Literature
Boston University Class of 2019! CFA/CAS Dual Degree student, School of Theatre Performance core and intended Spanish and Linguistics Major
Features Included


Hometown Orlando, Florida
EthnicityBlack / African American
AdmissionEarly Decision
Class of2019
English First Language Yes
Other Language(s) Spoken Spanish

Results, Essays, and Advice

Waitlisted or Withdrew
  • Boston University (Boston, MA)
  • University of California - Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA)
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Boston University (Boston, MA)

Applied for a B.F.A. in Performing Arts

Accepted and Enrolled Legacy: No

School Specific Essays

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Personal Statement
748 Words
Challenged a belief, Story central to identity
This was the essay I uploaded to the Common App directly, for use in all of my applications. I dubbed it my "personality essay" as I used it to convey my sassy and witty manner to those who read it. It gives them a very strong idea of what kind of person I am and what I value. I think that this is very important and is one of the most honest essays I've written. "During my freshman year in...
Supplemental Essay “Why us” school essay
320 Words
I find that this essay doesn't need to be particularly well thought out or organized beforehand. They want to see why you feel the school is a fit for you, in order to compare it with why you would be a fit for them. So just be honest. Explain what draws you to their school, in however many words they give you to do so. "I started theatre as a sophomore and well, I never looked back. I'm a theatre...
Supplemental Essay Scholarship application
662 Words
This was my "prove you're smart" essay. I didn't get the scholarship I applied for via it, but I believe that is largely a result of my high school grades, rather than the strength of the essay itself. I can objectively say that this is one of the best essays I've ever written. "An important quality in all forms of art that I analyze is realism. The more realistic a piece seems, the more deeply it resonates with me as...

General Admissions Advice

What I’d change about my application process
136 Words
Make sure you do everything early! I personally did because I knew that I wanted to go to Boston University since my sophomore year. But despite all that, I still had issues with my counselor due to her waiting until the...
My advice about getting recommenders
96 Words
Make sure you get recommenders who know you and teach the subjects you want to study in college. My drama teacher knew me for three years, my Spanish teacher...
My extracurricular activities in college, and why I chose them
140 Words
Try to follow things that you enjoyed in high school, if you have the time. For a lot of us, our hobbies are where we feel relaxed and stress-free. Its important to have those things that you can retreat to/fall back...
What might make for a good “Why Us” essay topic at my school
120 Words
I prefaced my essay with this, if you unlocked it, but its really about honesty. BU wants to see if what you think the school can do for you aligns with what they think the school...
How to increase chances at my school
347 Words
Early Decision is great for showing how much you desire admission. I went this route, so I speak from personal experience. The ED audition for the school of theatre wasn't very large, maybe a total 25 kids showed up, so things felt very intimate and not all like a competition. It was nice. Grades are important, but BU does place value on the rigor of your academic history over your actual grades to an extent. I started off really well, as a practical straight A student in my freshman year, then started to get the occasional C as a sophomore, dipped...
Whether I took out loans or applied for scholarships, and my advice
150 Words
I applied for the Trustee and Presidential scholarships via BU. These were merit-based and so they had a lot to do with my grades. I received neither, understandably as my grades are generally average (As and Bs with the occasional C and only two or...
What I like about my school’s location and culture
117 Words
BU is right in the middle of Boston, which is a bustling city that is always got activities going on. Its got great historical culture and its much more fast paced than the slow suburban...
How I chose schools to apply to
84 Words
Once I figured out that I wanted to pursue theatre in college, I knew that I would need a "practical" area to study as well,...
Why I ultimately chose my school
240 Words
In two words, creative freedom. The primary reason that I dropped out of the IB program at my high school in my final year was the fact that my ability to creative whatever I wanted was being so restricted that I almost never had time to relax and do things that I enjoyed anymore. From that, I learned that I could not go to a college just to take standard academics and...
Why I declined other schools
65 Words
I knew that I wanted to go to BU since my sophomore year. I only applied to UCLA because it's...
Post-college plans
71 Words
Well, I'm actually a budding YouTuber! ( #promoplug XD) My goal after college is to hopefully be big...
What set me apart from other applicants
94 Words
My candor. I'm very honest and frank about myself, I consider myself to be a fairly self-aware person, so being able to speak about myself in an objective...
Recommended summer activities during high school and college
47 Words
Do the things that you love! If you want to study something in particular...
List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience
322 Words
Boston University's audition was one of the nicest I've ever been to. It started off with an information session that allowed you to learn more about the school and the theatre program, as well as gave you and your parents the opportunity to ask questions directly to the school of theatre's assistant director. They stress that the audition is supposed to be a learning experience, not some stressful ordeal. They give you time recommendations for your monologues, and you should follow them, but they won't actually pull out a timer and cut you off at the end of the time....

High School Performance

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Top 10%
High School TypeMagnet
Academic Performance in High School High at first but got worse
Explanation of Low Grades

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Converted SAT Score1410
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AP / IB Classes and Scores

Details8 classes and scores



ActivitiesSchool Theater/Plays, School Choir

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