Through Their Lens | My Senior Capstone Video
My biography video served to show who I am at my core, candidly expressed by the people who know me best. I am not the biggest fan of talking about myself, not many people are, but I thought it would make for a more compelling representation if I had those who love me narrate this project. I simply gave them an overview of the video’s goal and asked them to send me a short audio recording about what stands out to them about me. I didn’t want to put any restrictions on their words so it could be as authentic as possible.
I was so overwhelmed with the things they shared. It gave me a new perspective of myself at a time when I needed it most. I think that sometimes we can be our own worst critics. On paper, a lot of us are qualified for various professions. But there’s so much that a resume doesn’t show about a candidate. In my opinion, the way you love people and who you are at your core is what will lead to your success and is the mark you’ll make on the world. I’ve never been someone who focuses on ‘success’ as it is usually interpreted. To me, success isn’t what job you get hired to perform, how much money you make, or where you live; it’s the smiles you put on people’s faces, the conversations you share, things you learn through trial and error, and in all the little moments that make life worth living.
I’m very much a people-person and that’s the route I wanted to take with this video. I didn’t want it to be all about me from my bias perspective, rather how people see me. It’s been enlightening to say the least and has given me an energized confidence as I move onto the next season of my life. I truly think everyone could benefit from hearing what others have to say about their character. Knowing that your efforts to show love and genuine care for the relationships in your life have been worthwhile is the most rewarding aspect of my college career.
Through the last four years, I’ve learned a lot and changed a lot. That’s also something people noted in their commentary – even people I don’t know well have noted my growth. College is such a great opportunity to find what fuels your fire and for me, that’s tending to my friendships and communicating honestly. Since changing my major to Communication, I’ve come out of my shell and really bloomed into someone so secure in herself. I have strong moral values, know what I prioritize, and have experimented, trial and error, with how to react to life’s curveballs.
I was most honored to hear that so many people commented on my resilience. I had always stumbled in an interview when asked what my greatest strength is, but I think that hits the nail on the head. Resiliency and the ability to bounce back from hardship is crucial in order to be a working professional. Despite committing to a job, life doesn’t stop. It will continue to run its course and present challenges, but how you react to them and come back is what speaks volumes about your character.
Senior year of college has been such an eye-opening life lesson for me. Looking back, I know how I could’ve reacted differently to my circumstances and am actively taking steps to mend the wounds. Completing this project has aided my healing so much to take a walk down memory lane with footage of myself over the years and to visibly see changes, not only in my appearance, but genuine happiness. Hearing how much I’m loved by my friends has helped me learn to look at myself in a new way, one that has picked my head up and will carry me into my life as a professional.