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CHASS Student of the Month – January 2010

Kieran Moreira

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  • Home Town: Jamestown, NC
  • Class: Senior
  • Major(s):
    • Arts Applications: Film Studies
  • Sample Courses:
    • Screenwriting
    • Digital Imaging
    • Modern Middle East
  • Activities:
    • Promotions Director and DJ at WKNC (NCSU student radio station)
    • Production Assistant/Intern on History Channel’s “Madhouse,” Summer 2009
    • Full Frame Documentary Film Festival Volunteer, Durham, 2009
    • River Run Film Festival volunteer, Winston-Salem, 2009
    • Arts Village Resident
    • Service NC State
  • Honors:
    • University Scholars Program
  • Postgraduate Plans: Film production
  • Career Goals: Film producer for major films

Why did you select CHASS?

During my first year, I was a student in First Year College (for undeclared students), and was thinking about a couple of different types of majors. I felt that some of our other colleges (i.e. science, engineering) look at technology from the view of how the world “works” and how “stuff” is done. But CHASS students try to understand the world’s “people” in all their facets. That was more in line with the way my mind works and what I’m interested in. I also enjoy the variety of electives CHASS offers – I have taken courses in areas as diverse as insects, philosophy and ergonomics.

Which courses and instructors have been most influential?

My favorite class so far was Introduction to Film with Tom Wallis. I credit him with really helping me decide to make film a career. I have also developed a good relationship with Professor Ora Gelley, my advisor. She has been influential in my thinking, and she listens to my radio show, calling in with her personal requests!

What has been your biggest challenge at NCSU?

Deciding what to major in. I did a lot of research on disciplines during my freshman year – talking to professors and upperclass students. I am happy with my choice, and feel that I am ready for a professional job. In CHASS, I have learned how to manage personnel, appreciate diversity, and interact with people who speak different languages.

What advice would you give to incoming students?

Get involved! If you only sit in class and do your coursework, it will probably not be rewarding enough. You should try to apply what you learn in the classroom to the outside world; find outlets to grow.

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