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New movie provides a lighthearted look at college admissions

Thursday, February 14, 2013

High school students in the throes of the college admissions process may think they have it tough. But a new film starring Tina Fey and Paul Rudd sheds a little light on the other side of the coin, the trials and tribulations of a college admissions counselor.

Family ties
"Admission," directed by Paul Weitz of "American Pie" fame, is the story of Portia Nathan, played by Fey, an admissions officer at an Ivy League university. Nathan is asked by her former college classmate, John Pressman, played by Rudd, to make a recruitment visit to the alternative high school he directs. Upon meeting Jeremiah, a particularly talented yet highly unconventional student at the school, Nathan begins to suspect he may be the son she secretly gave up for adoption years ago. As the movie progresses, Nathan wrestles with her personal life and professional obligations as she finds herself bending the rules for Jeremiah.

Fey and Rudd are certainly no strangers to comedy. Fey was a head writer on "Saturday Night Live" for many years before becoming the star of NBC's hit show "30 Rock." Rudd has also demonstrated his comedy talent over the years, starring in Judd Apatow movies such as "The 40-Year-Old Virgin" and "Knocked Up," as well as having done a stint on the popular sitcom "Friends."

The pairing of actors as funny as Fey and Rudd offers plenty of laughs, and a great way to see the other side of college admissions.

Serious business
Although "Admission" takes a lighthearted look at college admissions, actually preparing for college should be something that students take very seriously. Spaces at many of the best universities are limited, and competition for available slots has never been more intense. As such, it is important that high school students work hard and commit to doing their best in the classroom, the community and on standardized tests like the SAT and ACT.

In addition, students should thoroughly research prospective schools to ensure they are getting the right fit academically, socially and financially. After all, it is unlikely that most students have a long-lost mother who works in the college admissions office and can offer them one-on-one counseling and preferential treatment. - helping you find colleges and universities that offer the accredited programs that most interest you.

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