- Sep 19
Meet the Class of 2021: Nathaniel Goodman from San Diego,...
Meet the Class of 2021: Nathaniel Goodman from San Diego, California
As a high school filmmaker, Nathaniel Goodman launched “Filmmaking for Good.” His goal? To make films that would enhance the missions of local nonprofits by telling the stories of their good work.
Through his camera, he featured organizations like ReSurf, through which volunteers rehab surf boards and teach underprivileged kids to surf, and the Jewish Teen Foundation of San Diego, which instills professional and leadership skills though service learning.
Goodman’s work eventually landed him a prestigious Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Award, which each year recognizes 15 Jewish teenagers from across the country for their dedication to social change.
The same impulse that compelled him to translate his creative skills into a way to help others is what initially attracted him to Brown.
“When I visited campus, I found that Brown has a very artistic and service-oriented culture that seeks to find unique and creative ways to serve others,” he said. “I got this gut feeling when I arrived on campus that people here are really passionate about what they are doing.”
Goodman doesn’t yet know what role film will play in his future, but his interests run the gamut. Neuroscience, economics, philosophy, business, computer science, linguistics and physics are just a few of the areas he hopes to explore in the next four years. And that’s ultimately why he chose Brown.
“I am very interested in the Open Curriculum and the academic flexibility and personal discovery that comes with it,” he said. “Everyone I’ve met here projects this contagious energy and embodies a spirit of self-direction and collaboration that really resonates with me. I can’t wait to make many lifelong relationships with all of these people who are going to change the world.”
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