Archive for February, 2008

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Why should I be given the opportunity?

A couple of years ago a girl wanted to spend her senior year at a US high school. Of course, the high school wanted to know why. I felt her only reason to go was the superstitious belief that if she graduated from a US high school, she would be accepted by a US college and offered generous financial aid. As her acceptance depended a lot on a good motivational essay, we discussed her motivation. She told me that the school would give her the opportunity to study web design and photography. I asked her if she had a computer and a camera at home. She had both, so I asked her if someone prevented her from designing web sites and taking photos. Nobody did, but she did not practice either because they were not part of the school curriculum.

Yesterday I read a student’s response. She wrote that she liked organizing and leading activities which involve and help people. She said she would be really happy and do her best if she were given the opportunity to do that. Has anyone ever prevented her from creating a school club and doing her best to involve students who might benefit from it?

We do not live in the Third World, so we have access to technology and information. We do not live in a totalitarian country, so we are free to be proactive and start clubs and community services.

By saying to colleges that you have never used your opportunities because nobody ever served them to you on a silver plate, you do impress them – you strike them as the most spoiled kid they have ever heard from.

Of course, you can tell them that you do not come from a well-to-do family and really could not afford a computer / camera / Internet connection. They would, then, wonder why you have never lifted a finger to work, at least during the summer vacations, to help your family budget. Working during the school year might explain your lack of time and failure to start the club of your dreams.

The day before I was quite impressed to see a senior student from the math school doing the afternoon-evening shift as a cashier in Kaufland.

how to waste a year off – easy steps

Preparation:

Junior year: don’t read books, write essays, explore colleges or prepare for SATs

Summer between junior and senior year: sleep till noon, hang out with friends

Senior year:

Plan A:

October-December: score as low as possible on the SATs, ask other people where to apply, write poor essays, miss as many deadlines as possible

January: take a deserved rest

February-March: complain about anxiety, while waiting for colleges’ application decisions

April: sink in depression over the rejection letters you have received

May: spend a lot of money and time on buying clothes and jewelry for the prom

Summer: take a deserved rest – sleep till noon, hang out with friends and take very short spells of daydreaming about your year off

Plan B:

October-December: breathe easily while the others are having a hard time taking exams and applying

January: make up your mind to start reading books

February-March: listen to your friends’ complaints and be happy about making the wisest and bravest decision in your life – to take a year off

April: worry a bit about the prospect of receiving rejection letters next spring and calm down by remembering you have made the best decision

May: spend a lot of money and time on buying clothes and jewelry for the prom

Summer: take a deserved rest – sleep till noon, hang out with friends and take very short spells of daydreaming about your year off

The year off proper:

October-December: score as low as possible on the SATs, ask other people where to apply, write poor essays, miss as many deadlines as possible

January: take a deserved rest

February-March: complain about anxiety, while waiting for colleges’ application decisions

April: sink in depression over the rejection letters you have received

May: prepare for university entrance exams for Bulgarian universities

Summer: pass the university entrance exams for Bulgarian universities, enroll at a Bulgarian university, take a deserved rest and take very short spells of daydreaming about the best years of your life as they are starting in October

search your heart to choose a college wisely

I’ll be publishing the list of questions we are discussing these days with junior students. They’ll help you prepare for choosing colleges.

What do you like or dislike about your educational experience so far? What are its advantages and disadvantages?

What are your values? (e.g. independence, loyalty, contributing to the community, etc.)

What are your needs? ( a lot of sleep, wild parties, a basketball field, etc.)

EDUCATIONAL PHILOSOPHY and ACADEMIC ENVIRONMENT:

Are you more interested in getting good grades or in feeling intellectually engaged?

Do you need the help of adults to make educational decisions?

Would you be willing to study a variety of subjects or would you rather prefer to focus on your favourite ones? Would you venture into a subject you have never heard of?

Do you like to do extra work and go beyond the school curriculum or prefer to do the required minimum?

Are you ready to start thinking about your career and life after college?

Would you take only subjects you know you are good at or venture into ones you are not confident about, some that you have never heard of, etc.?

Would you feel better among classmates who are more intelligent than you are, or would you prefer you to be the most intelligent?

Do you rely on external pressure (ambitious classmates, strict teachers and parents, etc.) or on internal motivation to perform well?

ACADEMIC PARTICULARS:

Do you participate in class discussions? Do you find them useful? Would you prefer to have more of these at college?

Do you enjoy hearing other students’ ideas in class? Do you find this useful or useless?

Do you like speaking in front of others in class? Do you feel confident about it?

Are you afraid to share your opinion if you think the others will disagree?

Do you need personal attention from teachers?

Do you need to be reminded to do your homework?

Do you learn better if you know you are monitored and watched over by teachers?

Do you love writing? Do you feel confident about your writing skills?

Do you like reading? Do you have good reading skills and speed?

Do you feel confident or embarrassed if you need to ask a teacher for help?

What stimulates you better – praise or criticism?

Is it important for you to have teachers who are interested in and care about your progress?

What are your most and least favourite subjects? Why?

Is it important that the college you attend have a strong program in a subject you plan to study?

дойде звездният ти час

Искаш ли да напишеш сценарий, който да бъде превърнат в истински филм?!?

Ако не вярваш, копирам писмото на Алексо Петров, режисьорът на филма “Баклава”

Здравейте,

Lost Vulgarros обединява режисьори и сценаристи в ново предизвикателство –
КОНКУРС ЗА КЪС ФИЛМОВ СЦЕНАРИЙ на тема “Gara Bulgara : двама непознати мечтаят заедно”

Конкурсът е първа част от проект за ново българско кино.
Най-добрите от сценариите ще участват в сборен игрален филм от късометражни филми,
обединени под заглавието “GARA BULGARA” .
Повече подробности може да откриете в блога на проекта – http://gara-bulgara.blogspot.com

Ще се радвам ако ни помогнете да разпространим новината за конкурса. Благодаря!

Алексо Петров
филмов режисьор и продуцент