Student Spotlight: Symphony Webb, Prairie View A&M University
Getting to Know Prairie View A&M Student Symphony Webb
Student spotlight stories are our favorite posts to share. It gives us the opportunity to learn more about our students and the various experiences and skills that they have. For this post, we connected with Symphony Webb, a communications major at Prairie View A&M University.
Communications students work on a variety of different projects during their educational journey. Some of these projects call for many types of audio, written, and visual artifacts and also require particular skill sets. When we saw Symphony’s profile, we thought she did a great job including the appropriate artifacts and documenting her contributions to each of her works.
Aside from all of the great work she is doing in the classroom, Symphony is also very active in her community. She started her own blog as well as a YouTube channel to offer fashion and makeup advice. With Seelio, Symphony was easily able document all of these experiences and skills in one place where she can showcase all of the great work she is doing to potential employers.
We had a chance to talk to Symphony about her experience and advice for other students. See what she had to say:
Please tell us a little bit about yourself.
Aside from being a well-rounded person, the majority of my drive and motivation comes from my family and close friends. They encourage me to be the best that I can be. Having younger siblings that look up to me is also a big motivation. I want to be a positive example for them and be someone that they can be proud of.
How did you learn about Seelio? What has been your experience thus far?
I learned about Seelio from two of my professors at school; they required all of their students to upload work and create an online portfolio. At first, I didn’t understand the purpose of Seelio and I thought it was just extra work, but after seeing the benefits Seelio had to offer, I began to use it more and more. Now I find myself uploading all of my work to Seelio even though those classes are over. Seelio has not only made it easier for me to showcase my experiences all in one place, it has also encouraged me to make sure that my work has professional look to it.
You have a lot of great work on Seelio! How have you chosen which projects and experiences to showcase?
The best way for me to choose which projects go on my profile is to have one of my colleagues or professors critique it. I actually enjoy receiving constructive criticism, because it allows me to challenge and improve myself.
If you had to select a work from your Seelio profile to feature to a recruiter or potential employer which one would it be and why?
I would use the news package I did on the Sandra Bland case because, of all of my work on Seelio, that is the one that I contributed to the most. It may not be perfect, but I am continuing to work on my craft to get better. My contributions for this particular experience included being the camera person, script writer, reporter, and editor.
We see that you are expected to graduate next year, CONGRATULATIONS! What steps are you taking in your final months to prepare for your entrance into the workplace? What kind of position are you looking for?
I plan to gain work experience through internships as well as making sure that my resume is up to date. I will also continue to perfect my writing skills by updating my blog site more often, practicing my own camera presence, and continuing to work on my demo reel. I hope to land my first job in broadcast journalism, ideally in entertainment news.
What advice do you have for other students who are getting started with Seelio?
Take Seelio seriously! You never know who is looking at your profile. Upload your best work and take pride in what you do.
Thanks for sharing your experience with us, Symphony!