by Matt Woolner
Question by blahh: Should I transfer or not?
Okay, so I’m a senior in high school now and will be starting college next year. I’ve taken a bunch of dual enrollment classes over the years and therefore will have all but one of my core classes finished after the first semester, meaning I have to start my major in my second semester.
The thing is, I want to double major in film/production and english. I didn’t realize this was what I wanted to do until a few months ago. I’ve been looking into two other colleges also that I could maybe transfer to and do the majors. Here’s where it gets confusing.
College A (the one I’m accepted to) doesn’t have a film program but it has a media production major which has basically all the same classes. The english major has a film concentration with classes like scriptwriting, french cinema, etc. If I stay there then I’ll be able to officially enter my major my second semester, which I can’t do at the other 2. In the production major I’ll be making short cautionary films about rape, alcoholism, etc. which will be aired on the campus TV station and shown at freshman orientations, as well as doing production work for the campus news. But the school is easy to get into and has a lot of immature students who aren’t serious about their education, although the major is difficult to get into and requires a minimum high school GPA and separate application to be considered. Also the school recently started a film festival.
College B has a film studies major which has film theory, history, and production classes. It’s in a city that is well known for film and has the largest film studio outside of california. It’s 5 hours from home though and has a student body that I can’t see myself getting along with. Most of the student films I’ve seen done there are very “artsy” and serious and kinda pretentious and I’m more for comedy and mainstream film-making.
College C is out of state, has a media production major and MANY extra-curricular opportunities (film clubs, festivals, etc.) along with classes that require me to produce for the campus news. This school, though, is in the deep south and from what I’ve seen has a lot of very redneck students and it’s an extremely easy school to get into (average high school gpa of 2.6) with a lot of immature students. But at the same time, I’ve seen a lot of the films they make, including some short web series, and they’re all really nicely made, and very funny which is, as I said, what I’m really into. The program’s website, run by the students, also makes it seem like a really cool place to be.
So as you can see, I’m in a bind.
I feel like no matter which I choose I’ll end up regretting it.
Any words of wisdom?
Answer by Famous
I like how you put “words of wisdom.” Yes, I do have many. I was in your shoes. So, take it from me.
Do not try to make your undergraduate education into “career training.” That is not what degree study is supposed to be. College is supposed to be about a “love of learning,” not about vocational education. If you want that, go to a junior or technical college. In other words, earn a degree in English (if you like English), and then, when you are done college in four years, travel to New York or LA and enrol in a professional school (like New York Film Academy) to study Filmmaking. You will get much better Film Training there and you will be well-rounded with your degree.
Only recently have ‘we’ begun to think of undergraduate study as ‘career training.’
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