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Ifill Scholar Carla Bamaca ’24 on the Impact of Visual Storytelling

Carla Bamaca ’24 is a 2023 recipient of an Ifill Scholarship.

Why did you choose Simmons?

I heard about Simmons in my senior year of high school when I met with my mentor. I researched the school and became interested in the variety of programs offered. I was really uncertain about what career path I wanted and I was interested in going to school in Boston, so I chose Simmons.

What professors have helped you reach your goals?

I think all the professors I’ve had the opportunity to learn from in the past three years have significantly contributed to my education and growth. Associate Professor Briana Martino has been a great help academically as my major advisor, and through the lectures they’ve taught, including COMM 121 Visual Communication and ENG 221 Critical Lens: Intro to Film and Media Theory.

What does the Ifill Scholarship mean to you?

Gwen Ifill is a name you can’t forget once you learn about her and her success. I remember the first time I visited the Gwen Ifill College of Media, Arts, and Humanities and saw all the photos, quotes, and information about Gwen Ifill’s legacy in journalism.

I never expected to receive the scholarship. It came at a time of uncertainty for me, due to a few challenges that have been going on in my life. I’m really grateful for this opportunity and hope to grow and honor Gwen Ifill’s legacy by striving for excellence in my studies and future endeavors. I am committed to making the most of this opportunity and to contribute positively to the world.

How do you hope to connect your passion to a lifelong purpose (now, and/or in the future)?

I’m interested in not only pursuing a fulfilling career but also sharing impactful stories I can tell. I want to shed light on underrepresented voices, raise awareness about important social issues, and inspire change through my creative work. I’m focused on film and video, specifically through documentary making, which I consider a powerful medium for storytelling that elicits strong emotional responses. I hope to create photography and music… Many avenues exist for storytelling, and I am determined to explore and hone my craft during the rest of my time at Simmons and beyond.

Whether I find myself in journalism, documentary filmmaking, content creation, or any other media-related field, I want to ensure that the messages I help shape are responsible, accurate, and inclusive.

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