A text exchange with my little neighbor and mentee today while I was running stairs inside the Monument.
C: I saw your mom the other day in the hall and we talked a little about college. Something to keep in mind: you don't want to be saddled with debt after you're done. I will help you fill out the scholarship materials. Also: no one knows what they want to do when they go to college. Or it's very rare. They figure it out while they are there. I know you like to worry about things but that is something you don't need to worry about. If you have worries, you can always ask me about them. I will help you. The best way to deal with anxiety is to talk about what's making you anxious. Love you.
N: Thank you for helping me out so much man. I think I want to go to a film school, or major in film at a normal school
N: I love you too
C: Okay. But you can also just go to a school where that is an option. You don't have to pick or declare before you get there.
C: Emerson has film
C: Tell you what
C: We'll make a list of schools with film programs
N: Boston College does
N: But it sounds hard to get into
C: Don't worry about that
C: You have good grades and you'll have a great essay and letters of recommendation
C: You'll apply to a range of schools. Eight to ten.
N: I want to go to Boston College, but I'd have to take the SATS. I haven't studied them and I have no idea when they are...
C: Think a little about where you want to be, geographically. Do you want to be close? In New England? What about out of state? California? UCLA?
C: You'll take them. Then we go from there.
N: New England, California, or out of country
C: I'm trying to tell you to relax. It will be fine.
C: Everyone has these concerns.
C: I mention UCLA because of super well known film school
N: I should check those out, it will look good that I'm a visual artist
C: I think this is a good path for you. The film stuff.
C: Because it allows you to use many of your abilities
C: And I think you would be happy
N: I can only see myself doing film...or maybe writing? Or some other type of visual art
C: Those things are a part of film
C: Writing, visual arts
C: Talk to your mom and dad about what you're thinking. I think this is a very good idea. And if you change your mind, that's no problem either. Now, or when you are there.
N: okay, thanks man. If you ever need me to do your laundry we can lie that you're old and can't leave your apartment and I can get community service hours
N: We can say you're in your sixties and have a bad leg or something. You can spice the story up
C: Or...we can talk about movies and if you want we can say you helped me as a research assistant.
N: That's a way better idea
N: That would be really helpful for me
C: And we'll include that in your applications
N: You think we can do 100 hours
C: Yes. Let's just get the language correct so that it looks as impressive as possible.
N: Okay. Do you mean how it would look on a resume
C: No. On the applications.
C: One last thing: find out tomorrow at school when the SAT is. Ask your guidance counselor. This isn't a big deal, but you have to take it. It'll be fine. But we have to know the date.
C: So it looks to me like you need to register by 10/7 in order to take it 11/5
N: Okay I'll try to register for the one in December
N: Or the latest one so I have time to study
C: I don't know when the applications are due.
C: But make sure this gets done.
C: And ask at school. Someone there should be giving you direction. I'll look into it a bit more. This is not a hard thing, but everything does have to be done on time. Not doing that is the only way to screw this up.
N: Okay, I have advisory on Monday so I'll ask
N: Thanks man
C: Great. Let me know.