Picks and Pans Review: A New Book Explains How Hollywood Is Influencing Students
In Kaplan's Unofficial, Unbiased Guide to the 328 Most Interesting Colleges, guidance counselors were asked which TV shows and movies are most influential in nudging students toward a field of study. Authors Trent Anderson and Seppy Basili explain the results.
TOP 5 TV SHOWS
1 CSI "Created huge interest in forensic science."
2 ER "Shows a wide range of medical careers."
3 Law & Order Maps out "the legal system's many career paths."
4 Boston Public "Gets students interested in the very rewarding teaching profession."
5 The Practice "The show humanizes attorneys, making law much more attractive.
TOP 5 MOVIES
1 A Beautiful Mind "Motivated more students to explore math."
2 Legally Blonde "Encourages many law school applicants."
3 Drumline "Draws attention to historically black colleges."
4 The Lord of the Rings "Increases interest in computer graphics."
5 Mr. Holland's Opus and The Sum of All Fears (tied) Education and the CIA, respectively, get boosted.
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