I thought I'd share one of the pages I included in my portfolio, a collage of sketches I drew at the beach. Done straight in pen as always, with some watercolor and ink splashed on.
EDIT: (after semester 1) Ok..because this post gets an outrageous amount of views on a daily basis, Not trying to preach or anything, but I'll just say...just get drawing!
By this I also mean.....
Observe everything. (capture the world around you and interpret it your own way.)
Be open to new things. In life and art techniques/mediums/styles (don't use the "it isn't my style" excuse....ugh.)
Tell stories, make characters and aim to evoke strong emotions with your art.
Also...just be prepared for when you do get in, cause more important than having some skills to get accepted, is having complete dedication to your work, which is vital to growing as an artist, and as a person for that matter. So work hard. Their ain't no easy shortcuts, but best of luck to all hopefuls~