The La Cañada Thursday Club on Sunday screened “In 500 Words or Less,” an award-winning documentary on the college application process, to a packed room of parents and high school juniors and seniors.
Applying to college is a rite of passage for many, and the club invited a panel of high school counselors, an admission officer from the University of Southern California and recent high school graduates to speak about the college application and admission process.
The film followed four high school seniors as they struggled to fill out college applications, study for SATs, and most importantly, write personal essays in which they would share who they were, usually in 500 words or less.
The young adults in the film face different struggles. Lindsay tries to balance good grades and extra-curricular activities while her mother is bedridden and disabled by cancer. She wants to go to Wellesley College because it’s where her mother studied.