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May 2012 Student of the Month

Gian Besana is the CHASS Student of the Month.

Meet Gian Besana, student of the month.

Hometown: Winston-Salem, NC

Class: Freshman

Major:  International Studies

Sample Courses:

  • Intermediate Portuguese
  • Latin America Since 1826
  • Contemporary Moral Issues


  • International Studies Club Co-Vice President
  • Model United Nations Co-President
  • Alternative Spring Break to Guatemala, Spring 2012
  • Barkada (Filipino Student Association) Cultural Leader
  • Small Group Leader, NCSU Office of International Services
  • NCSU Photo Club Secretary
  • Leadership in Action Member, NCSU Center for Student Leadership, Ethics & Public Service


  • NCSU Chancellor Leadership Scholar
  • Outstanding Achievement Award in Second Year Portuguese

Postgraduate Plans:

Graduate work in International Studies.  Work with a governmental or non-profit organization.

What has been your favorite course so far?

My Latin American History course.  It is a First Year Inquiry class, so it only had about 20 students.  It was rewarding to get to know a professor on a closer basis.

How have you been so active here on campus?

I have always been a very involved student, and here at State, I truly wanted to develop my leadership skills.  I enjoy being more than just a member; it is a personal challenge to accomplish more. For example, next year I will be president of the Model United Nations Club. I will organize juniors and seniors in the group, while I will only be a sophomore. My goal will be to grow the club and take it further.

What advice would you give incoming students?

Join clubs and branch out. There is such diversity on campus – take advantage of this time to discover yourself. But also be sure to keep up with your classes so you can maintain good grades.

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  1. Gian, congratulations! Best wishes as you continue your International Studies and your involvements and leadership on campus.
    Bruce Cheek, IDS Student Services Specialist