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AFS Student Spotlight

Charles Curry II

Class of 2014
History Major (concentration - European History) with an Africana Studies minor 

"I became interested in Africana Studies during my sophomore year when I took AFS 110 with Professor Mudaris Jihad. Previously, I had taken an African-American Studies course my final year of high school and I became infatuated, as an African-American, with learning more about the African-American experience as a whole. This was re-enforced when I took Professor Jihad's course. This re-enforcement inspired me to pick up the minor and I must say it's one of the best decisions I've made over the past four years.

The minor has been beneficial to me because it has not only given me insight into the African-American experience but has also given me insight into other cultures and has allowed me to understand the world as a whole. In addition to this, the classes that I have taken to complete the minor have encouraged me to think critically and analytically, ask questions, and understand new concepts and theories. The minor has kept my mind active. In addition to this, it has allowed me to apply knowledge that I acquired from my major to these new concepts and theories. 

Aside from my academics, I am involved with the University's Campus Activities Team where I am the Vice President. I am also a member of Dramatis Personae where I have dabbled in dramaturgy, directing, and house managing. I am a member of four honor societies: Alpha Lambda Delta, Sigma Alpha Pi, Phi Alpha Theta, and, most recently, Alpha Chi. Lastly, for the past two years, I have participated in the Brothers and Sisters United Fashion Show where I served as a model and scene coordinator.

After graduation, I hope to get into TV production. Since high school, I have wanted to become a screenwriter so I feel that working in television and, eventually, film will help me reach that goal.  

I hope that my story and experience will encourage more students to signup for this excellent program. I promise that with the array of courses that tackle fields such as Sociology, Art, English, Politics, and History, you will understand the concept of race, as whole, and how it impacted, impacts, and will impact our lives."