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Film and Media Studies Program

  • 2019-2020 Ina Rae Hark Award Recipient

2019-2020 Ina Rae Hark Award

What led you to major in Film and Media Studies? 

When I was in high school; I was very interested in the movies. So, when I was in my other college, I took a class that works with film equipment to see if this is what I wanted to work with in the future. Easy enough, I did like it and I saw that USC has majors related to films study. I decided to take Film and Media Studies courses to see if my mind was going to open more, and it did.

What has been the most rewarding aspect of your Film and Media Studies coursework so far? The most challenging? 

The most rewarding aspect of my Film and Media Studies coursework so far has been that I get to meet people who are interested in being in the industry. I also get to meet some of the best professors in the classes that I’ve been in. Another rewarding aspect has been that I’ve been able to talk to some of my fellow peers that are in Film and Media Studies and discuss topics related to the things that we learned in classroom; we talk for hours about the reasons we are taking this major. The most challenging so far has been an assignment to analyze a certain film. Sometimes the readings that each class provides can be difficult at times to understand. Nevertheless, with the help of the professor, I manage to understand more.

What are your plans for summer 2019 and beyond?

I hope I get to work in the film industry since I have been enjoying what I'm learning.  I hope that in the future I can become a film director or if I can’t, maybe work in a certain aspect of the industry.

What advice would you give to students considering a major in Film and Media Studies?

Even if you are or are not a fan of films and TV shows or interested in working in the industry, consider taking a class on the Film and Media Studies. There are many things that are taught in a single class that you would be amazed by. And if you are confused at a certain point in your class, the professors are really passionate about their work and they will help you.

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