I'm planning on applying for a photography major next January, but I'm psyching myself out as to how good I need to be to get accepted. I mean really, I'm applying to be taught to become pro - do they really expect me to be a pro already? One would think not, but last January only 30 out of 110 were accepted. Unfortunately, I can't see if those 80 who weren't accepted were in fact serious contenders, or just people with a weenie camera taking pictures of leaves thinking they "might want to do photography some day." So this leads me to my plea for suggestions, could anyone share some ideas to keep in mind to create a portfolio that stands out from the masses? Some of the more creative (in my mind at least) ideas I've come up with are some that involve light painting and sparklers, but I wonder if these are too tacky for a university portfolio? Others are artistic expressions, such as images that display America's infatuation with fast food and obesity, pornography, etc. Even more ideas are the traditional shooting fruit in sparkling water with a reflector. Since I'm not really in the pro photography scene (just me and my camera doing my own thing for the last two years) yet, it's hard to tell where the line is between "Oh that's so overplayed and tacky - that's like 20th century, my little sister just did that on her point and shoot last week" and "Wow, that's pretty creative! You're accepted." So, if you guys wouldn't mind shedding some light and ideas on this matter, I would be forever in your debt!