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Paulo Diwa said changing his major to television, film and new media was the most life-changing experience while at SDSU. (Photo: Jenna Castillo) Paulo Diwa said changing his major to television, film and new media was the most life-changing experience while at SDSU. (Photo: Jenna Castillo)

Paulo Diwa’s Aztec Experience

This Aztec is involved with the SDSU Film Society and Associated Students.
By SDSU News Team

Name: Paulo Diwa
Major (and Minor): Television, Film and New Media with an emphasis in Production; Minor in American Indian Studies
Campus Affiliations: Associated Students, Andres Bonifacio Samahan, Film Society of SDSU, KCR College Radio

1. Why did you choose San Diego State University?

There were several reasons why I chose SDSU over other schools. The main reasons were SDSU’s proximity to home, affordability and the wide array of programs offered. SDSU was the smartest and most economic choice.

2. What inspired you to declare your major?

Originally, I was accepted to SDSU as a biochemistry major. I switched to the TFM program because I've been involved in arts programs my entire life. I painted all throughout primary school, and was in band all four years of high school, while l picking up other things like photography and videography along the way. These activities were ultimately what brought me joy which made me realize I should pursue something arts related as a career. Film took all the aspects I liked from each activity so that's why I chose it.

3. What is the best piece of advice you ever received?

The best piece of advice I've ever received has to be from one of my really good friends. She quotes it from her favorite movie, “A Most Violent Year.”

"When it feels scary to jump, that is exactly when you jump, otherwise you end up staying in the same place your whole life, and that I can't do."

4. Which SDSU faculty or staff member has been the most influential throughout your SDSU journey?

My Introduction to literature professor Tishna Asim has contributed a great deal to my journey. Professor Asim pushed all her students to examine their lives and question the world around us. She was one of those professors who  took the time to genuinely get to know my classmates and I. Professor Asim encouraged and pushed me every day in that class, and I really wouldn't be where I am today without that.

5. What experience at SDSU has changed your life the most?

The 2016 spring semester after changing my major to TFM was the most life-changing experience for me at SDSU. I started basically new in a major where I didn't know anyone or anything, and was still kind of unsure about the change. My entire perspective changed soon after that when I joined this club called the SDSU Film Society. Ever since I joined Film Society that spring, I've made and developed some extremely close friendships with some talented individuals who share the same drive I have for film. Film Society reassured me that I was doing the right thing and really motivated me to push myself as a creative.

6. What has been your proudest achievement while at SDSU?

My proudest achievement at SDSU is probably working for Associated Students.

7. Where do you see yourself in five years?

In five years, I see myself going either of two ways: documenting and participating in humanitarian efforts or as a sound designer based out of Los Angeles.

8. What’s your favorite thing about being an Aztec?

My favorite thing about being an Aztec is I get to be surrounded by such a diverse community of people who share great ideas every day. The sense of community that comes with being an Aztec is incredible and is really something that can't be found anywhere else.