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The Man with the Camera: Brad Kolesar ‘18

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Posted on Monday, November 6, 2017

Freshman year of college can be daunting, for the number of study options often outweigh students’ understandings of their life callings. However, senior broadcast major Brad Kolesar did not let the different possible career pathways deter him from pursuing his passion for cameras.

Having originally thought his career path would lead him to photography throughout high school, his interest transitioned into video—which ultimately led him to Westminster. At Westminster, Brad’s options for videography and similar disciplines were plenty. He had the option to explore TV news, video production, film making and broadcasting remote production.

“Westminster has shaped me into a well-rounded person,” Brad said. “I am not just smart in a certain area or skill set. When I leave Westminster, I know I will be prepared for whatever lies ahead.”

After graduation in May 2018, Brad plans on pursuing a career in remote broadcast after gaining valuable experience during his on-campus job organizing all remote broadcast. Brad broadcasts various events on campus to be available to the public at home. If it was not for the hands-on experience that Westminster’s broadcasting program requires, Brad asserts he would not be graduating in the spring with as nearly as much confidence.

“Westminster has prepared me by giving me the hands-on experience of understanding my major,” he said. “Many schools teach theory, and you don’t get a chance to get your hands dirty working on things. But Westminster allowed me to jump right on in my freshmen year and prepared me for my future ever since.”

In fact, broadcasting majors are required to create their own documentaries before graduating. Brad’s documentary, “Hitting the Redline,” debuts Nov. 18 during the 2017 Westminster College Documentary Showcase. The documentary follows the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix, a ten-day celebration that pays tribute to the world of vintage cars and vintage motorsports racing. His documentary will be available online a couple of weeks later for the public to view.

“Westminster has put me on the path for success and I’m excited to see where the journey leads me.”

Written by Megan Simpson