Student Spotlight: Matthew Dombrowski, Purdue University Calumet

It’s not every day that you get to stand up to present your portfolio in front of university leadership and business executives. But when your work starts to speak for itself, cool things can happen. At least that was the case for Purdue University Calumet student Matthew Dombrowski.

A screenshot of Matthew Dombrowski's Seelio

Matthew initially started building his portfolio on Seelio as a part of a class assignment and it didn’t take long for people to start taking notice. From a well-crafted About section to visually engaging and personality-infused work examples, Matthew’s work started grabbing attention. So much so that he was invited to present about his work to his college’s Dean’s Executive Council, a gathering of university leadership and the region’s leading industry and business executives. Check it out in the photo below!

Matthew Dombrowski presenting to the Dean's Executive Council

We asked Matthew if we could share a bit more of his story with you and he kindly agreed. Take a look at our interview below and be sure to check out his advice about how you can leverage your portfolio to stand out!

You mention in your About section that you’re a Marine Corps veteran–how do you apply that experience to your education?

Being a veteran has changed my life in a lot of ways, some good and some bad. When it comes to school, it’s a good change. When I joined the Marine Corps I was 19 and if I had gone to school instead, I would not have done as well as I am now. The military gave me discipline and commitment which has helped me stay focused on the end goal of graduation.

In your About section, you also write that “creative” is the best word to describe you. How did you discover that about yourself and how did that lead to your major in Computer Graphics?

I cannot remember the exact time when I figured this out but I believe it was in high school. I have been doing art my whole life and at some point I took a step back and looked at what I had been doing. I realized that my work was pretty good and I seemed to have a talent for visualizing things in my head and bringing them to life. I chose computer graphics because I felt it was the best degree to utilize my creative skills. 3D modeling and animation really stood out to me because I could finally bring my drawings and characters to life and give them an appearance of realism.

What do you think about having Seelio available to you through your classes at Purdue Calumet? 

To be honest when I first heard that the school was going to try this new website I was skeptical. But boy was I surprised.

In this major I have taken classes that teach students how to make and design websites. Since that class, my professors have encouraged us to make a website so we can show off our work to employers. However, for someone who is not specializing in that field, making a website can take a lot of time – time I do not have. That is where Seelio comes in. This website does all the hard work for you, which gives me more time to concentrate on my projects.

The opportunity to actually show future employers my work instead of trying to explain it to them on a resume is truly amazing. It really gives people in fields like mine the chance to showcase their best work and actually show people what they are capable of. Seelio is a wonderful program, not only for giving people the opportunity to showcase their work but also because of how easy it is to use.

What’s your top piece of advice for other students?

My best advice to any student is to save all the projects and assignments you complete. Saving all your work will allow you to add a variety of projects to your portfolio, which looks good for employers. They are looking for people who have a lot of skills to offer to the company; adding different types of projects will showcase the variety of skills that you have to offer.

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