I am Pete Villasmil, a sophomore at the UNC-Chapel Hill. I am a double major in political science and journalism in the Hussman School of Media and Journalism. I was born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela in a bilingual/bicultural family and moved to Clemmons, North Carolina in 2007.
I graduated from West Forsyth High School in June 2019. In high school, I wrote for the student newspaper the Zephyr, serving as Opinion Editor and Editor-in-Chief. In the summer of 2017, I was recognized by the North Carolina Scholastic Media Association, an organization that helps promote student journalism in high school and universities in North Carolina, for excellence in editorial writing. As fortune would have it, I now work with that same organization as a student assistant. I primarily help with office work, volunteer at workshops, and promote values of free speech.
I also serve as a student assistant with the Krasno Global Affairs and Business Council, which brings distinguished guest lecturers to campus to present on topics related to history, politics, and international relations. This aligns with my interest in politics and broadcast journalism.
I hope to further develop my journalistic and writing skills in my remaining time at UNC-Chapel Hill. Using my diverse background and bilingual skills, I plan to pursue a career in journalism or public service. When I’m not writing or doing homework, I like to read, discuss current events, listen to music, and eat Chick-fil-A.