Nick Simerly attended the Cannes Film Festival Study Abroad Program, directed by Nathaniel Kohn, in May of 2019 as the recipient of two separate Experiential Learning scholarships. As a result of that experience, Nick gained confidence in his abilities and hungered after the entertainment industry. Soon after his return, he determinately packed his belongings and flew to Los Angeles to pursue employment. After nine weeks, he was offered a position as assistant to the director on the set of 20th Century Fox’s new series, Filthy Rich. Apparently, Nick had met a friend of the director’s during the networking hour on the second day of the festival. The director was so impressed with Nick, that he later offered him a position with his company.
“It’s safe to say had it not been for UGA’s Grady Film Festival Program, I would be on a very different career path right now – probably a very corporate one involving a cubical where I’d be miserable. I am very grateful for the opportunity I had to participate in the festival and meet industry professionals. I learned so much from you both in class and from the festival as a whole. I hope you know how much of an impact you ALL have had on my life and future career.”
Nick’s success is the result of a collaborative relationship between the Office of Global Engagement, Grady College and the Office of Experiential Learning. The Office of Experiential Learning offers scholarships to support undergraduate students pursuing approved experiential learning activities. Awards are in amounts up to $2,500 and may be used for any EL approved course or non-credit activity. The Office of Global Engagement supports the University of Georgia's academic, research and outreach missions and strategic directions through the promotion of global learning experiences for students, the sponsorship and support of international students, scholars, faculty and staff, and the development of international research and instructional partnerships and collaborations.