Sharyland High School Junior Gavin George Attends Oxbridge Academic Program at Banard College in New York City

Sharyland High School Junior Gavin George Attends Oxbridge Academic Program at Banard College in New York City
Posted on 09/04/2018
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Gavin George is a self-taught film-maker at the age of 16.  The Sharyland High School student will be a junior this year.  His love of film, directing, and photography began in 4th grade when he dreamt of becoming a famous YouTube personality.  He learned about the Oxbridge Academic Program last October when he received a flyer in the mail.  With the support of his parents, family and close friends, he decided to apply.  Gavin had to write an essay on why he wanted to attend the camp and why the directors should grant him admittance.  He also had to send official transcripts and complete the application.

Gavin learned he was accepted by email in January 2018.  He spent a month at Banard College in New York City this summer.  Barnard College is located in the heart of the city on 116th Street and Broadway.  When students were not attending class, they were free to explore the city.  Students attended their major field of study on Monday-Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to noon.  They attended their minor class on Monday and Wednesday from 2:00-4:00 p.m.   The required equipment was a professional camera and tripod.

Gavin said, “Initially my biggest concern was the lack of structure or schedule regarding what my normal routine would be.  I arrived at La Guardia airport and an instructor met me.  Unfortunately, I did not get a roommate so I thought meeting people would be a challenge.”   Gavin chose to major in film-making and minor in photography.  “We had a lot of time to explore the city.  My independent challenge was finding the best pizza in NYC.  I dubbed Joe’s Pizza on Carmine Street in Greenwich Village the BEST.”  

Additionally Oxbridge students were able to sign up daily for multiple activities.  Gavin toured many college and university campuses, the Empire State Building, Brooklyn Bridge, and even went to a Mets baseball game.  “I met people from all over the world.  I met students from Australia, Russia, Brazil, Honduras, Pakistan, and South Africa.  A majority of participants were female.  We were placed in groups to work on film projects.  I assisted with two of three short films.  One of the most interesting parts was being able to cast the film with real actors and actresses.”

Gavin said one of his favorite memories will be walking through Central Park.  “My best take away from this experience is knowing that the career that I thought would be a good fit is definitely what I want to pursue.  I want to be a film director.  I want to attend NYU-New York University.”  Gavin definitely encourages other students to take advantage of these opportunities.  “Just do it.  It is a fun experience.  Get out of your comfort zone and meet people that you never would have.”