In 500 Words or Less

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Press Release from 2013 Event: On Sunday, February 10, 2013 at 1 PM, the public is invited to a free screening of the award-winning film In 500 Words or Less in the auditorium of the Metuchen High School, 400 Grove Avenue. Parents, students and others who are interested in learning about the intricacies of preparing for and applying to college nowadays should attend.

In 500 Words or Less derives its title from the sometimes dreaded 500 word essay that all high school students are asked to write as part of the “common app” to colleges, in their attempt to define themselves as standout candidates. The 95 minute documentary follows just four of the 1.5 million students who navigate the application process each year. Family dynamics and parental support are seen as helpful tools among the students in the film, who come from varied backgrounds and across economic levels. Viewers will find themselves rooting for the featured families as they work their way through the common stresses, rejections, acceptances and joys of the final years of high school and this universal rite of passage.

The free screening is co-sponsored by the Metuchen Citizens for Quality Education and the Metuchen High School Guidance and Counseling Department. Doors open at 12:45 PM.

Click  HERE  to link to the trailer of the film.