Cesar Moncada is a first year masters student in emerging media who is involved with the UGA Redcoat Band. He graduated in 2020 with an advertising degree. (Photo and graphic: Sophia Haynes).
#ProfilesOfTenacity: Cesar Moncada
What are you passionate about?
I am very passionate about helping others and using my skills as a form of service. The reason I chose to go into advertising and branding is to help businesses communicate in more creative and effective ways. I am interested in a lot of different things such as music, sports and art. I hope to make an impact in those fields and be able to help companies struggling with design and media.
What would people be surprised to know about you?
People may be surprised to know that I am a twin! My twin brother also completed his undergraduate degree at UGA in biological engineering.
What or who has had the biggest impact on your life during your time at UGA?
I would definitely have to say that the faculty of the New Media Institute have had the biggest impact on my life here at UGA. I went from not knowing a thing about new media to being fully immersed in the program and loving every minute spent in classes. I think the NMI has had a significant impact on my course of study. I remember being in my first semester of NMI classes and I still communicate with those professors to this day. The NMI professors have been brilliant mentors and I cannot thank them enough for guiding me and giving me such great opportunities.
Where is your favorite place on campus?
My favorite spot on campus would have to be North Campus. When the weather is nice the view is unrivaled, and I love spending time outdoors. Definitely a go-to study spot!
What is the best piece of advice you’ve received?
The best piece of advice I received was from my father. He has always reminded me to never become complacent and to never stop searching for opportunities, whether it be in professional or personal life. I think it had the biggest impact on why I decided to pursue a master’s degree at UGA. I keep that advice with me every day and am always looking for different ways to better myself in all areas of my life.
What is your favorite app or social media channel?
My favorite app would have to be Instagram. I am a very visual person and I love how the app has quickly grown into a knowledge sharing application rather than just being used for social purposes.
What is an example of a time you used your studies and skills in a real-world experience?
I have had the opportunity to serve as a communications assistant with UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant. The work I do as a member of the communications department directly correlates to what I have learned throughout my time at Grady.
What has been your proudest moment in the past year?
My proudest moment in the past year would have to be graduating with my bachelor’s and diving into my master’s programs despite a pandemic!
What are you planning to do after graduating? Do you have a dream job?
I am hoping to find a job doing creative work in fields that I am passionate about. I have always loved sports and music, so I hope to use the things I have learned to make a positive impact. My dream job is to be a creative director in an industry that I love.
Editor’s Note: Some of the above answers have been edited for length and/or clarity.
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