Where should she apply?
April 16, 2012 8:37 PM Subscribe
My cousin is having a hell of a time figuring out where to apply to college. She likes film, design, and writing. Please help.
posted by goosechasing to education (17 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Cousin ("C") is 16, advanced for her age maturity-wise, and really, really smart in all the ways that will hopefully become apparent in her essays. Her GPA and test scores are good but not special (3.75, 1420 Critical Reading + Math). As far as I know, she works at a movie theater, volunteers her graphic design services and for an arts organization, tutors a kid, and spends the rest of her time doing her photography thing and writing (=blogging). C is nerdy in a very non-awkward, non-teenagerish kind of way and has never found her niche in her own age group - to be honest, she fits in way better with the mid-twenties crowd than the other 16-year-olds.
She's found that all the colleges are beginning to blend and more personal suggestions could help give her some direction. C is thinking about the state university (UNC-Chapel Hill), Carnegie Mellon, and the Macaulay Honors program at CUNY (Hunter specifically); are these realistic for her? She is obsessed with New York and wants to be in an urban environment with a lot of live music venues, festivals, and internship opportunities. She is a very liberal artsy kind of thinker, but she also wants the opportunity to take a true-blue design class or at least be exposed to the appropriate resources. C says she wants to "make urban documentaries, design websites, and tell stories, maybe at the same time. Or work in radio." Financial need is a big thing and she's pretty adamant that she'll go to community college before she takes on a ton of loans.
So, over-sharing accounted for, where should this kid be looking? Did you go to a liberal arts college/university in an urban setting with good design/film/writing resources, and if so, where?