ELECTIVES: This year we give the students a chance to take elective courses. These classes, which draw on the strengths of our teachers, are short introductions to interesting areas of academic study. Electives are not chosen at the time of registration; they are chosen on the first day of CSS. On each opening Sunday, the teaching staff will outline and describe the electives they will be teaching. Students will choose their elective the first night of camp (for both day and overnight students), which allows for the possibility that students can choose an elective with a new friend. Roommates who are in separate majors may opt to choose the same electives. We incorporate the college’s energy and expertise into the electives while giving students an opportunity to live and study in a real college environment.
Approved electives include:
(1) SAT Prep (led by Dawn Hull, CSS Faculty member, Psychology, and SAT tutor for a nationally-recognized top SAT prep company)
SAT prep will give students an overview of the test itself, strategies that will demystify the SAT test taking process and a greater sense of confidence knowing that the test is actually quite predictable. These strategies may include:
· Multiple choice question strategy
· Typical wrong answer traps
· Writing strategy
· Process of elimination strategy
…just to name a few. Of course, learning a new game plan must be followed with continued practice. These strategies take time to master, but this overview of SAT strategy should provide students with an understanding that the SAT is not as daunting as they previously thought.
(2) How to be a TV News Anchor! (led by Matt Mendres, College faculty member and TV Production Teacher) This elective is a primer on the mechanics of sitting behind a news desk, looking into the camera and delivering the news. The students will learn how to review news copy, how to mic themselves, how to sound check, how to read from a teleprompter, how to “connect” with the viewer, how to transition between stories, how to toss to other talent, how to throw to a break, and how to keep cool when everything falls apart. Study the moves of famous anchors as they lead viewers through the biggest events of their day to study what to do… and watch other anchors’ epic fails on camera to study what NOT to do!
(3) Zumba/Dance Fitness (led by Tara Andreas, CSS faculty member from the Writer’s Workshop)