Friday, March 23, 2018

Where to Look If You're a Film Major

College Transitions has guided thousands of students to and through higher education. They aim to bring perspective (and sanity) to the application process while providing you with the comprehensive, data-driven advice you need to earn admission and make the most of your college investment. They recently provided this information for film majors:

Spielberg, Tarantino, and Wes Anderson all had to start somewhere. That somewhere is an undergraduate film program where you will hone your skills as a future writer, director, producer, editor, cameraman, and lighting technician. Yet it is important to note that film schools vary greatly in the quality of instructors, possession of high-end equipment, and connections to the industry that can be essential when graduates begin networking in order to land their first jobs. The usual suspects (or Usual Suspects since we’re talking about film), like USC and NYU grace our list, but so do many schools far from the entertainment hubs of New York and L.A. All of these institutions produce graduates that are prepared to chase their filmmaking dreams.

American University
Chapman University
DePaul University
Emerson College
Loyola Marymount University
New York University
Savannah College of Art and Design
Temple University
University of California, Los Angeles
University of North Carolina School of the Arts
University of Southern California

For a more extensive list of top film schools, please click here.

Mr. Salowe was kind enough to share a list of his own with me and because of his experience and knowledge of the CHS student population, I would like to share that list also:

Montclair St.
CUNY – City University & Brooklyn College
New School
U of Texas – Austin
Loyola (Chicago)
Columbia (NY)
University of Pittsburgh
U of Arts - Philadelphia
Mass Arts

Pledge Your Collegiance and Win

Collegiance is back! Between now and May 15, students can pledge their #Collegiance on Instagram with a video, Boomerang, or photo. Film and media professors from College Board member institutions will select the most creative submissions, with 10 winners receiving cash prizes for college. Get your students started.
View the Collegiance Video

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Rutgers School of Engineering Knight for a Day

The School of Engineering will hold its final Knight for a Day tour of the spring semester on Friday, April 20 at 10 a.m. This prospective student tour begins at the Visitor Center with an admissions information session, followed by a five-campus bus tour.

After the bus tour, families will break for lunch (on their own) and head to the school-specific portion of the day at 1 p.m. A detailed itinerary will be provided once registered.

Department options include one of the following:

  • Biomedical & Chemical/Biochemical
  • Civil/Environmental & Materials Science
  • Electrical/Computer & Industrial Systems
  • Mechanical/Aerospace & Applied Science/Packaging
Families can register while space is available. To learn more, please visit our website. We hope you will share this information with your students and their parents.

If you have questions, please write to

Promote Wildlife Conservation and Win Scholarships

Promote wildlife conservation to win scholarships!
Conserve Wildlife Foundation invites high school students from across the state to submit an original social media campaign showing the importance of wildlife protection in New Jersey. 

The fun and educational "Species on the Edge 2.0" Social Media Contest capitalizes on high school students' expertise with social media platforms, and provides them with the opportunity to showcase their talent, creativity, and love of nature. The contest helps to develop students' experience in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) and their project management skills. 

Best of all, it's FREE to enter - and gives students the chance to win scholarships and other prizes! All entries will be eligible to win a day in the field with a wildlife biologist.
Prizes include:
  • 1st prize: $1,000 in scholarship money
  • 2nd prize: $500 in scholarship money
  • 3rd prize: $250 in scholarship money
Questions? Contact our CWF Director of Education Stephanie DAlessio at or by phone at (609) 984-0621.

Contest applications are due Tuesday, May 1, 2018.
All entries are due Friday, May 18, 2018.

A special thank you to our contest sponsor:    PSE&G Logo
The contest addresses various Next Generation Science Standards, Common Core State Standards and New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards.  

Friday, March 16, 2018

Rutgers Admitted Student Open House

Admitted Student Open House is April 14!
Admitted Student Open House is Saturday, April 14. Students will be introduced to life as a Scarlet Knight with residence hall tours, faculty presentations, information fairs, and reduced prices at our dining halls and spirit shops.

A full schedule of events and tips to help students plan their day will be available soon. Questions? Write to

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Two River Theater's Metro Scholar Program

I am pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications for Two River Theater’s 2018/19 Metro Scholar program. The application is attached and will be posted on our website shortly.

Here’s a brief synopsis of the program:

Metro Scholars: This year-long, highly competitive program, open to high school juniors from across New Jersey, is a unique opportunity for students to learn about professional theater. In addition to seeing every show in Two River Theater’s season for free, selected students take workshops and master classes with professional artists and assist staff throughout the company – an immersion into theater that has made this a proven training ground for the country’s best university programs.  Since 2005, 141 outstanding students have completed the Metro Scholars program.

METRO SCHOLAR INFO SESSION: Tuesday, April 27 from 4:00-5:00 at Two River Theater. Teachers, Students and their Parents/Guardians can learn more about the program from staff and current Metro Scholars, take a tour of the theater, and get answers to their questions.

Please feel free to forward this email directly to your interested high school sophomores (the program will take place during their junior year).  We would love for your students to work and play with us!


Kate Cordaro Director of Education
Two River Theater | 21 Bridge Avenue | Red Bank, NJ 07701
732.345.1400 x1814 |

Current Sophomores:
Information and Application

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Scholarship Tool

In an effort to help students afford their higher education, our team at LendEDU recently updated our guide to college scholarships to help students find relevant opportunities specifically for them.

Within this update, we have added our new search tool where students can filter scholarship opportunities based on their grade level, GPA, the scholarship amount, and the requirements of the scholarship.

On top of this new tool, our resource teaches students and families the importance of searching for scholarships when figuring out how to pay for college. Here is the URL:
Note: You can click the link at the top of the page to jump down to the scholarship search tool.

Here are some other points we cover in the guide:
- Different Types of Scholarships Available
- Applying for Scholarships
- Essay Tips
- Letters of Recommendation Tips
- Spotting Scholarship Scams

We have also included YouTube videos from our channel to help make the information a little more digestible and entertaining.

This resource would be very useful for your students and could certainly help them find some opportunities relevant to them. Would you be willing to share it on your website?

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Susquehanna University is Seeking Talented Writers

The Apprentice Writer is close to closing its Call for Submissions, and we’d love to consider work from your high school writers for publication, as well as our writing prizes. We are accepting submissions through March 15th.

The submission process is easy. Students can go to The Apprentice Writer webpage ( or directly to the submission page at  (We accept submissions in poetry, prose, and black and white photography.)

Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions.  We would greatly appreciate it if you could share this email and the attached post electronically with your colleagues and students.

In addition to The Apprentice Writer, the Writers Institute at Susquehanna University offers the following opportunities for 11th and 12th grade students:

  • The 31st Summer Writers Workshop:  This weeklong experience offers talented high school writers entering 11th and 12th grade the opportunity to work in intensive, small-group workshops led by nationally recognized authors. Available workshops are fiction, memoir, poetry and screenwriting. Applications are currently being accepted for the 2018 Summer Writers Workshop, which takes place July 22-28, 2018.   
  • Creative Writing Day : The 2018 Creative Writing Day will be held on October 22. Students are able to attend this day of readings and creative writing classes with parents or teachers.

Finally, the Writers Institute has begun live streaming many of our readings, including those by prominent and published authors. Visit the Writers Institute Facebook page to view any of our livestreamed readings. You can also follow us on Instagram (@writersinstitute_su) or Twitter (@SU_Writers) to be kept up to date about events and happenings pertaining to the Writers Institute.


Codie Nevil-Sauers
Susquehanna University
Academic Assistant, Writers Institute

Monday, March 5, 2018

Rainbows: Group Support for Children

Rainbows provides peer group support to help children grieve and grow after a loss due to an altering crisis, divorce/separation, death, illness, deployment, incarceration, or deportation.

Friday, March 2, 2018

Workshop for College-Bound Juniors

NYU Aspire Program for Sophomores

I write to inform you about an innovative program that offers a wonderful opportunity for sophomores in your high school. The NYU School of Professional Studies (NYUSPS) Aspire Program is a two-year college prep and mentoring program for high school students from underrepresented communities in the New York metro/tri-state area, who will be first-generation college students.
The program begins with a one-week college immersion intensive in the summer, followed by college prep workshops in the fall and spring to develop college, career, and leadership skills. Students apply as sophomores for the summer intensive and continue to attend Aspire workshops throughout high school. Successful applicants to the program must show academic improvement in high school and must be active in their local or school community.
Each student admitted into the program will receive a full scholarship that covers tuition, housing, and meals for the one-week summer intensive. All students are paired with a mentor for the duration of the program and they will have an opportunity to engage with their mentor year-round through online and in-person meetings.
This program will include workshops on:
  • The college experience and expectations
  • Career exploration
  • College financial aid
  • College application timeline and plan
  • Leadership
  • College essay writing
We hope that you will share this life-changing experience with your students and provide them with an invaluable pathway toward their college goals and objectives.
The deadline to apply for this unique program of study is March 30, 2018.
Feel free to contact me with questions or concerns at: 212-998-7006 or
Denisse Bejaran
Office of Special Programs
NYU School of Professional Studies

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Framework for Freedom Contest

Framework for Freedom Contest

More information can be found here.

About the Contest: This annual contest provides a wonderful opportunity to learn about our legal system, justice, get creative, and win prizes. Individual and group submissions are welcomed. Students are allowed to submit an art piece which may be represented in two-dimensions to be entered in the Law Day Art Contest. Students are encouraged to use their creativity and create art pieces in any medium desired (including but not limited to, drawings, paintings, films, photographs, graphic novels, comics, etc.). All qualified participants under the age of 18 must have their parent or guardian sign the Parental Permission Release Form, and each Entry Form must be signed by an adult.

2018 Law Day Theme: "Separation of Powers: Framework for Freedom"

Recognition & Awards: Runners-up for both the individual and team categories will receive prizes with a value not to exceed $250 and winners for both the individual and team categories will receive prizes with a value not to exceed $750.

If you have questions, please contact Asia Harris at

Entry Deadline: March 31, 2018

US Coast Guard Open House

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

FDU Summer Programs for College Credit

High school students can earn up to 12 college credits this summer!
Dear High School Educator,
Would you like to help your students better prepare for success in college? Fairleigh Dickinson University's Summer Pre-College Program affords high school students an opportunity to experience the collegiate lifestyle, earn college credits, and gain invaluable hands-on experience in future career areas of technology, design, management and much more. Students can learn more and Register Here!
The Pre-College Program at FDU is an exceptional opportunity for motivated high school students to explore their academic interests, while learning from professionals in real college classes. This summer, courses are being offered in the following cutting-edge areas:
  • Robotics and Artificial Intelligence
  • Digital Animation
  • Cybersecurity
  • Beyond the Game – Explore the Business of Sports
  • Creative Writing for Future Writers
  • Cosmetic Science for the Beauty Industry
  • Project Management for the Business World
  • Genetics and Its Impact Upon Our World
  • Astrophysics – the Stars of the Galaxies
Students can choose to attend Pre-College for one or both sessions. Sessions are offered Monday, July 9 to Thursday, July 19, and Monday, July 23 to Thursday, August 2.
We look forward to welcoming your students for an enriching and exciting summer at FDU! Students can Register Here!
If you have any questions, please contact us at 201-692-7366 or by email at
Lisa Braverman 

Thursday, February 22, 2018

NACAC College Fair

New Jersey
April 25
9-12, 5-8
Meadowlands Exposition Center at Harmon Meadows


A list of participating colleges:

Susquehanna University Summer Workshops

Susquehanna University has some outstanding weeklong workshops this summer for students who want to develop their skills in an academic area while living on a college campus.

All of the programs are taught by Susquehanna faculty and limited in size to ensure the best experience for every student. I hope you will pass along this information to families who are looking for an academically challenging, yet fun week for their student(s) this summer.

Most offer a discount prior to April 1.

Actor’s Studio
Experience university-level professional theatre training and immerse yourself in artistic collaboration. Take the spotlight for bare-bones monologues and compelling small-cast scenes under the guidance of experienced professional actors and directors. (June 24–30)

Choral Institute
Immerse yourself in music and improve your musicianship, vocal technique and choral performance skills in group and private settings. Acquire transferable skills: independence, creativity,
problem-solving and teamwork. (July 1–7)

Exploring Legal Careers
Participate in a Mock Trial and play out the role of prosecutor, defendant or witnesses in a criminal case.
Interact with attorneys and judges to learn what a legal career involves and whether or not it’s a good fit for your interests. (June 24–30)

The faculty will help you think analytically and look beyond the obvious while deepening your understanding of astronomy, physics, math and team-building psychology. You’ll strengthen your mental muscle and improve your problem-solving skills. (July 8–14)

Leadership Institute for Entrepreneurship(LIFE)
Find out what it takes to become a successful entrepreneur in this fast-paced, business boot camp. Run your own virtual business in a simulated entrepreneurial setting guided by expert faculty. (June 24–30 and offered again August 5–11.)

Publishing & Editing Institute
Get hands-on experience producing and marketing a book in a team-centered experience featuring workshops, strategy sessions and industry-leading guest speakers. Work on your projects in The Letterbox, our publishing and editing lab. (June 24–30)

Stream Ecology Institute
Learn the basics of water quality, macroinvertebrate and fish sampling, and identification. You’ll get plenty of hands‐on experience using the latest equipment and methods employed by aquatic ecology professionals. (July 8–14)

Summer Writers Workshop
Live the life of a practicing writer! Nationally recognized writers will help you to hone your craft. Named one of the 500 best summer programs in the world by Princeton Review Press. (July 22–28)

Wall Street Susquehanna
You’ll get a first-class introduction to business and investing during a fast-paced week in the life of a Wall Street analyst. You will learn to use one of the Bloomberg terminals in our investment laboratory, rarely available to high school students. (June 24–30)

Wind Ensemble Institute
Want to become a better musician? Polish your technique in private lessons with expert faculty
and improve your musicianship playing in chamber groups. (June 24–30)

We hope to see some of your students on campus this summer! Space is limited; applications are being accepted now!


Brenda Mull
Summer Programs Coordinator