Wave Team Spotlight: Q&A with Aoife Nelson
By Kaylin Li, Press & Written Media Team
Welcome to the weekly Wave team spotlight! This series is meant to highlight some of our teammates that have been doing awesome work.
This week, meet Aoife Nelson, a member of the Video Media team! We hope you enjoy this following Q&A and learn more about who she is, both in and out of Wave!
Editor’s Note: The following interview has been edited for clarity and length.
Tell us a little about yourself!
I’m from the Video Media Team, and outside of Wave, I work for the National Honor Society. I love to volunteer — I help my local animal shelter and my local library. I just have a lot of fun with that and I love video editing which has been a passion of mine since forever. I work on videos and posting them. Right now I’m just trying to set up. And so I’m trying to work on projects.
What is your role at Wave?
I participate as a member of the public relations committee, and I focus on video management and branding for the team. So far, I have assisted with videos we post in the Video Media team using programs like After Effects and Premiere Pro. I just really love that we can use our skills to help Wave’s future.
How and why did you get involved with Wave? How long have you been here?
I’ve been involved with Wave since the summer. The reason I joined was because I wanted to find a community to be a part of. I really loved the professional atmosphere and Wave’s cause. It’s just so important that education resources are distributed to people who need them.
Are you thinking of going into the film industry?
It’s a possibility. I’m also thinking of entering law school, so it’s just kind of generally my passion.
Have you had any experience outside of Wave working for educational organizations?
This is actually my first time working with an educational organization, so that’s one of the other reasons that sparked my interest. There’s just something new and exciting to work with.
What are some challenges you’ve faced while working for Wave?
The only challenges that I’ve had being in Wave are working around my school schedule — just making sure I set aside enough time for both school and Wave so that I can work productively and give back to the community as a member.
What do you like most about being a part of Wave?
The community aspect — I love feeling like we’re a part of a family and meeting new faces. That kind of opportunity doesn’t come around much, especially while we’re all at home in the pandemic, as there’s not much to do outside.
What is your process for making videos for Wave like?
Our team captain Lily sets up some of the video ideas and we contribute our ideas, and so for me, I try to volunteer as much as possible so I help with videos. So for example, I helped with our website tutorial so that members can navigate the Wave website. I volunteered with that, and I helped edit and produce the videos that were put up. Then, I ran it by the leads, Lily and the rest of the Video Media team. We draft the video and then make a final product for Wave.
Is there a particular project or experience that you really enjoyed in your time at Wave?
I think the first time everyone sat together to make our first Wave video. It was just introducing Wave, but I thought that was really fun because I got to meet my teammates. That was the first experience I had with them. They were really nice people and they’re still really good, nice people. It just gave me a lot of insight into how to work with people, teamwork-wise and just overall, having that experience of working professionally, and also just for fun as a hobby.
Is there anything that you hope to improve, whether it be personally, for the Video Media team or for Wave as a whole?
Just being able to work together more because the school year is just so busy so I would love to like get together and collaborate with everyone more often. That would be really neat.
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