Spring 2018 School of Media Valedictorian: Amrith-Kumar Viswanath (RTVT)
The valedictorians for Seneca College’s spring 2018 convocation are the epitome of what student success looks like. They are chosen by their faculty based on their commitment, dedication, leadership and overall approach to learning that has singled them out as representatives of their graduating class. Amrith-Kumar Viswanath, a grad from the Television Broadcasting program, has been selected as one of the impressive students representing the class of 2018.
Amrith embodies those qualities we hope to instill in all our students: a high degree of integrity, a commitment to excellence, and a boundless determination to succeed. I see great things in store for Amrith in our industry!
– Ted Ambrose, RTVT Program Coordinator
Amrith travelled from India to study at Seneca because of the program’s wide-ranging curriculum, state-of-the-art facilities and Toronto location. As a student, Amrith tutored his peers at the Learning Centre and participated in an on-campus meditation club. Amrith enjoyed his course work as well as learning from his professors and interacting with his classmates. His dedication yielded incredible results as he is graduating with High Honours in the RTVT program, thanks to his 4.0 GPA and straight A’s across the board in his final semester. He also appreciated his time spent as a co-op student at AstroLab Studios in Toronto.
Television Broadcasting program coordinator Ted Ambrose and cinematography professor Glenn Heshka witnessed first hand how dedicated and hard working Amrith is, both in the classroom and out. It’s no secret that school can get busy, but Amrith was able to juggle the workload, while still finding time to help any classmates that needed it.
“Amrith’s great focus and his creative eye have made him a really great student and he will do very well in this business.”
– Glenn Heshka, Professor
Boundary, the short film he directed in his final year, won several Seneca awards. The short film project gives students the opportunity to work in groups and create their own production teams. Everything from the writing, to the lighting and sound are done by students. Boundary’s mysterious plot line and moody lighting captivates audiences as the main character struggles with some unexplainably erratic equipment.
“I feel very honoured to be chosen as the valedictorian for the graduating class of 2018,” says Amrith. “I would like to thank my teachers, peers and most importantly my parents for their support and guidance. Seneca is a wonderful college and my experience here as an international student has been great. Not only have I gained academic knowledge, but also had the opportunity to network with industry professionals. For those interested in pursuing a career in media, Seneca can be a great place to learn all the required skills.”
Earlier this year, Amrith’s work also garnered him a School of Media Moxi award in Academic Excellence in the RTVT program. This award recognizes students who have demonstrated an unbeatable amount of focus and skill in their work during their time at Seneca. Their attention to detail and precision has set them apart and inspired excellence in their work.