The Miseducation of The College Student

In an attempt to discover if undergraduate college students are ready for the troubling economy Preston Boyles and I interview several college undergraduate students and graduates. With the help of recent graduates and their life experiences we uncover the truth behind a college education. Is college recession proof?

Documentary Proposal

In recent years a trend among college graduates has been slowly developing. Many attend college and graduate with a four year degree or more and find that they are unable to find a job in their degree field. The purpose of this documentary is to emphasize the effects the troubling economy has had on the job market, particularly for college graduates. Young adults are often encouraged to attend college by mentors, parents and school officials; however in this job market obtaining a job in most majors has been a difficult task. Upon examining the background information of college undergraduates as well as college graduates, many questions will be answered that young college student ponder over. The subjects of this documentary are interesting and worth documenting because their situation is one that many North Carolina State University graduates will face or are already facing. This is a film that many people across the United States will be able to relate to as well. College is universal and everyone in America has been affected by the collegiate institution.

Researching the job market and gathering information about which degrees provide graduates with the least possibility as well as the most likelihood of landing a job in that field, will be the beginning stages of this documentary. The documentary will consist of in-depth interviews with various recent graduates about what they majored in, where they are working, what they did during college and why it has been difficult to acquire a job in the field that they received a degree in. In-depth interviews will also be conducted with students from the various collegiate institutions found in Raleigh N.C. This will paint a portrait of what the college students think will occur as a result of obtaining degrees and then create of reality of what is most likely to occur, based on the answers of people who have received a degree.

Should colleges have a system based around majors? Is the debt that a student incurs after obtaining a degree worth the trouble in this economy? What can be done to help young adults find work in their specific fields of interest? This documentary will work to find the answers to these many questions, which are troubling many young adults in America. Various recent graduates will be interviewed shot each separately talking about the information mentioned above. This documentary will be shot with a Canon PowerShot SD880 IS.

The Miseducation of The College Student/Prescript

Prescript Questions
Background Information:
Name of interviewee
Age of interviewee
Graduation year of interviewee
College interviewee attends or attended

General Questions
How did you make yourself more marketable for the job market?
What are you doing now? Are you working, are you in graduate school or are you doing both?
If you are working, is your current job related to your degree field?
Does your job require a degree?
Are you content with your current job?
Explain your sentiments on the current job market situation?
How are you preparing to face this job market?
Why did you decide to go to college?
Do you think going to college was a wise decision?
Are you confident about your ability to obtain a job of your choice upon graduation?
What advice can you offer to those in college now or considering college to make themselves more marketable upon graduation?
Is graduate school important to you?
How do you feel about college in general?

The cast of the documentary will consist of college students from Shaw University, Saint Augustine’s College and North Carolina State University. College graduate students from Meredith College and NC State will also be casted in this documentary. The goal is to obtain a diverse population in terms of education, ethnicity and culture. This will provide evidence that supports the idea of the director and producer that the job market is not as discriminatory as some may think it is. The reality is that there are not jobs so people need to be prepared with an alternate game plan upon graduation.

The documentary will begin with a brief introduction of all people who have been casted in the film. For graduate students there will be a brief section in which the graduates inform the audience of what they are doing post graduation. None of the people interviewed are working at their dream job. This will be important as the documentary is based on the ideals and dreams of college students and the reality that college graduates are facing.

Production Journal

  • Week of October 11, 2009– Recruited interviewees via Twitter and phone calls
  • October 12, 2009 – Antoinette and I talked over the phone and via e-mail regarding our documentary proposal; We put our names on waiting list for cameras in the library
  • October 13, 2009 – Wrote pre-shooting script during in-class Documentary Workshop; Pre-shooting script included questions to be asked in interviews
  • October 17, 2009– Found camera to use for interviews; Scheduled interviews for the following day
  • October 18, 2009 – Interviewed four people (William Brock, Lizzy Boyles, Brandon Stackhouse and Tony Wilson); Locations of interviews included Village Green Apartments, Centennial Campus Town Homes and Bojangles. Interviews began at 5 P.M. and ended at 8 P.M.
  • Week of October 18, 2009 – Continued recruiting potential interviewees via Twitter and phone calls
  • October 26, 2009– Scheduled five interviews for October 27, 2009
  • October 27, 2009– Interviewed five people (Chris Anderton, Iwinosa Idahor, Jamal Riddick, Natasha Greenway, and Nicander Medalla); Locations of interviews included St. Augustine College, Village Green Apartments and Centennial Village Apartments. Interviews began at 8 P.M. and ended at 11 P.M.
  • November 2, 2009 – Edited interviews in Digital Media Lab using iMovie from 5 P.M. to 1 A.M.; Final Video was 6 minutes and 5 seconds; Uploaded video to YouTube; Tweeted link to YouTube video
  • November 3, 2009 – Gathered documents for submission (journal, release forms and finalized pre-shooting script)

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