CSUN Wolfson Scholar: Alexandria Nicole Smolen

Mon May 13, 2019
Alexandria Nicole Smolen, this year’s Wolfson Scholar, the top award given to a graduating senior. It is presented each year in memory of CSUN’s first vice president, Leo Wolfson. Not only must the student have an exceptional academic record, but he or she must also have made significant contributions to CSUN or the community through co-curricular and extracurricular activities.“When I received the news that I was the Wolfson Scholar, it was the most unreal feeling,” said Smolen, who earned her bachelor’s degree in cinema and television arts, with an emphasis in film, in December. “I worked a long time to get to this point, to get my degree. I put in a lot of care and passion into what I was doing. This honor says it was worth it.”“I researched the film program, and I knew this is where I wanted to go,” she said. “CSUN is known as the people’s university. I knew I would find a community and connections if I came here.”She spent the past year serving as producer of one of only five student-made films selected to be screened at CSUN’s 2019 Senior Film Showcase. Her film, “Torn,” is the story of woman who is sexually assaulted the night of her sister’s engagement party.“As a producer, I definitely want to shine the light on women and diverse cinematographers and directors,” Smolen said. “I want to build a team that works well together. Some of the most successful artists out there build their teams from the ground up. I think I’ve found some of my people at CSUN.”© 2019 California State University, Northridge