Ben Sokolowski, Screenwriter, Crescent School Alumnus
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Today, Sokolowski has a career telling stories, writing for television shows such as The Listener and Fear Itself. He completed a screenwriting program at the University of Southern California and enjoys engaging his audience and making them think.
“You owe it to your audience to really give them a piece of yourself,” says Sokolowski.
It was as a high school student at Crescent School in Toronto, Ontario, that he wrote that first screenplay. He went on to write many more scripts that would be submitted as English assignments.
If you have a school that wants to shape these kids and mould them into great kids, that education is priceless.
“I had a few teachers that were very instrumental in guiding me through this process,” says Sokolowski. “They definitely encouraged me to write, and while the rest of the class was doing an essay on something, they allowed me to say the same thing in a script. I still have those scripts now.”
For Sokolowski, Crescent School’s flexibility allowed him to explore this unique form of expressing himself. And the small class sizes at Crescent School helped him focus in discussion groups and develop a close relationship with his teachers, skills that were necessary at the University of Southern California, where he was happy to be accepted.
"My guidance counsellor at Crescent was very helpful, and I don’t know if I could have gone through the rigorous process of applying to a US school without his help,” praises Sokolowski. “If you have a school that wants to shape these kids and mould them into great kids, that education is priceless.”
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