Published: 19 June 2017

Five top tips for making the most of the summer before joining GSA

Find out how to make the most of your final few summers before applying to and joining Guildford School of Acting (GSA) with our top tips on how to prepare for life as a GSA student.

School is over and the summer holidays are finally here. Now is your time to relax, unwind and start getting excited for the next chapter of your life: the Guildford School of Acting!

Whether starting GSA this year, or thinking about applying in the next year or so, there are many ways to use your free time to prepare for your future. From getting a head-start on your training and keeping your fitness levels up, to taking in some inspiration, there’s plenty of productive (and fun!) ways that you can use your time this summer.

Read on below to discover our top five tips for making the most out of the summers before joining GSA.


Top five tips for preparing for GSA

1.      Keep training

The summer is a chance for you to grow and improve in preparation for a full-time degree programme, and it’s worth finding a regular group or class that you can attend to keep developing as a performer. Continuing to train will help you technically, increase your confidence, and allow you to hit the ground running when you start your programme. GSA runs a number of part-time and short courses, as well as a summer school, if you live near enough and you’re looking to grow your skills over the summer.

2.      Prepare for your GSA training

There's no such thing as being too prepared. Take a look at our undergraduate course page and pick your degree programme. From there, you’ll be able to rediscover all that awaits you in September. You may want to do a little research around your modules, read some of the texts you will be working on, or explore the work of our visiting directors.

3.      Attend performances

Take a trip to your local theatre (or maybe the West End!) or book to see your favourite musician. It's a great way to inspire you, nurture your love for the arts, and to remind yourself of your ambitions. You’ll probably find a GSA alumni name in the cast of most productions. GSA also hosts performances throughout the year, if you live nearby, and you can find out what’s on with the GSA website.

4.      Think about extra-curricular activity

When you get to GSA there will be plenty of options for socialising and growing your skills outside of your programme. The University Students' Union not only has a GSA society, but also offers many other creative and arts societies such as Gospel Choir, Salsa, String Orchestra and Stage Crew. Or you may find that you want to discover new interests and go for something completely unrelated to your degree, like kite surfing or baking! Take a look ahead of time and see what takes your fancy. You can also read our Q&A with the VP of the GSA society to discover more about the GSA society.


5.      Use the time to work on your health and fitness

Whether you're doing Acting, Musical Theatre, Actor-Musician, Dance, Theatre and Performance or Theatre Production, all of our programmes are physically demanding in different ways - so it’s important to keep on top of your fitness in the few years before starting your degree. When you start at GSA, all University of Surrey students are offered discount membership to Surrey Sports Park - aiding your health and fitness goals throughout your degree.

Bonus tip: Social media

There is a GSA Facebook page and group for incoming students. Why not join up and see who else is joining GSA with you? Keep an eye on @the_GSA on Twitter too and join in the conversation!


Discover more helpful advice for new students, including information on Welcome Week, via our Welcome to Surrey page, or explore the student experience at Surrey by reading real-life student profiles.

Wondering what else you can do to prepare for university life? We’ve also put together a handy list of tips about making the most of your summer before university

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