Lemuel Subdias is from Chicago but grew up in Pinehurst, NC. He wanted to go somewhere close to home so he chose to go to UNCP. He is a first-generation college student.
In May of 2020 Lemuel graduated with a degree in studio arts and a minor in media integration studies. While at UNCP he received the Magenta Maynor Scholarship, was the President of the Art Club, and participated in the Peach Belt Conference Art Exhibition twice (placing both times). He worked at Einstein’s and Papa Johns at UNCP and worked at a Bojangles in Aberdeen. Later he worked at a McAlister’s in Southern Pines and then became a house manager for a non-profit theater. Right before graduation he was graphic designer for a small business through the UNCP Entrepreneurship Hub.
He considers the most rewarding things about the Honors College to be the honors classes, the community and the senior project. Lemuel liked the challenges given by the professors in the classroom and the friends he made over the last four years. The most surprising thing about the Honors College was how small the classes were and how many people he knew in each class.
Lemuel worked with Dr. Jonathan Labadie to make a series of video portraits to display the impact of social disparities on the psychology of minority individuals. His project was inspired by social activism and concentrates on minorities in society.
After graduation Lemuel wants to continue making art, especially art that speaks for the voices that are not heard, and continue to focus on social activism. The advice Lemuel wants to give is that “It never hurts to be friends with your professors! And APPLY FOR T OSE SCHOLARSHIPS!”