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Help! Where should I go? Chapman or Emerson

oliviaboyceoliviaboyce Registered User Posts: 2 New Member
So with only a few days left until I have to make my deposit, I’m facing a major dilemma. Where do I go to school? I was accepted into Chapman as a communications major and into Emerson as a film major. I realized a few months ago that film is what I’m really passionate about and what I want to major in, unfortunately that didn’t give me any time to create a well-built portfolio of which Chapman requires. So I decided to not apply to Dodge because I knew I wouldn’t get in. Let me lay out the pros and cons of each:
Emerson:
Pros:
-Film major (can start my education the first year and have GE classes molded to that)
-East coast
-A lot of free reign with independent film projects
-Great study abroad programs
-New building in LA that let’s you have an internship credit for one semester either junior or senior year (still wouldn’t be working all four years though, seeing as big film production companies aren’t in Boston)
Cons:
-No acting opportunities (I frequently go to auditions in LA, I live in CA, so this is really important to me. I don’t like theater so that’s not an option)
-Less internship opportunities (As a film major I would need to have job experience all four years because of the competitiveness of my field)
-Greek life is a joke (worried that there isn’t a great social scene)
-No popular sports
Chapman:
Pros:
-Crazy amount of Internship opportunities (could guarantee I’d get a job out of college)
-A lot of acting opportunities
-More popular sports like football
-Greek life (and a party scene)
-Great film grad school (1 extra year of college for a masters)
-Love the city of Orange
Cons:
-Would either have to minor in film or try to transfer from communications into the dodge program. As a minor I wouldn’t get as full of a film education. Trying to transfer would mean I have to stay at the school for a year without a guarantee I would get in (very low acceptance rate). If I had gotten into Chapman for film originally I would’ve chosen to go there.

I would really appreciate advice. And as a heads up, I can’t go to Emerson and then transfer to Chapman’s Dodge film program if I got in because most of my credits would not transfer. So I could either go to Emerson where I’m guaranteed a film education but not guaranteed internships or acting gigs or other connections important for after college jobs in my field, or I could roll the dice on Chapman miss out on a year of film classes and risk not getting into film at all and being stuck as a comm major.

**Sorry if some of my writing doesn’t make sense I’m stressed and writing like crazy!

Replies to: Help! Where should I go? Chapman or Emerson

  • bopperbopper Forum Champion CWRU Posts: 12,391 Forum Champion
    edited April 2018
    Ask here
    https://talk.collegeconfidential.com/visual-arts-film-majors/

    Do you want to be guaranteed to be a film major? Then Emerson seems the way to go.
    If you want all the other things but without a film major, then Chapman wins.

    Which is more important to you?

    Also think what you would want in 10 years. In 10 years, would you look back and say "I am glad i had a party scene" or "I wish I would have majored in film" or "I had a great experience and am now doing something else I never knew I wanted"

    Also: Emerson
    http://www.lamag.com/culturefiles/meet-emerson-colleges-la-mafia/

    https://www.theodysseyonline.com/why-emerson-college
  • TS0104TS0104 Registered User Posts: 622 Member
    A couple of thoughts: Will you have as much internship opportunity at Chapman as a film studies minor, not a major? I realize there will be infinitely more film internships there due to the location, but will they be accessible to you? Also, again, location, for auditions, but it might be harder than you think getting to LA from Orange with a college schedule...my DD has a tough time and she's right in LA at LMU! Not trying to poke holes in Chapman, Chapman is great, just pointing out things to consider from your Chapman pros, make sure they are actual pros. Good luck.
  • MYOS1634MYOS1634 Registered User Posts: 39,621 Senior Member
    edited April 2018
    What are your net costs at each?

    It sounds like you like Chapman best though.
  • HRSMomHRSMom Registered User Posts: 4,632 Senior Member
    @oliviaboyce A bird in the hand is tough to let go of for a “maybe”. If you don’t get in next year, then the choice is obvious, but you would know too late.

    I’d go with Emerson. My S will be there next year, so it will be awesome in my opinion;)
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