About Mikaela

Mikaela Lewis is a junior at Southern Vermont College pursuing a B.A. in Communication. Prior to transferring schools in 2016, she attended Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas where she studied Mass Communication and Advertising with a concentration in digital media and a minor in art & design. A Vermonter at heart, Mikaela jumped at the chance to move back to her home state after previously living in Florida and Texas.


Her background of intensive media-based classes have given her the opportunity to expand her digital skills in both website design/publishing and advertising experience. She is currently the Managing Editor of 'The Looking Glass', SVC's leading online student media publication. She also independently manages and updates the websites and Facebook accounts for local businesses Bennington Holistic Healing Practitioners and Mindful Paths, as well as handling their digital marketing and design needs for local advertisements, rack cards, business cards, brochure handouts and more. She has also led an advertising team during a 15-week media planning course to develop a new marketing strategy for YETI® coolers/drink ware brand in order to target a broader demographic market.


"I must continue to follow the path I take now. If I do nothing, if I study nothing, if I cease searching, then, woe is me, I am lost. That is how I look at it -- keep going, keep going come what may. But what is your final goal, you may ask. That goal will become clearer, will emerge slowly but surely, much as the rough draught turns into a sketch, and the sketch into a painting through the serious work done on it, through the elaboration of the original vague idea and through the consolidation of the first fleeting and passing thought." -Vincent Van Gogh

Work Experience

May 2017 - Present

Hawkins House Craftsmarket (Bennington, VT)

Provided all customer service and sales assistance in specialty retail and jewelry store setting. Maintained loyal customer relationships as well as responding to any questions, special orders, and improving engagement with merchandise. Controlled inventory input, pricing and restocking. Operated registers, managed financial transactions, returns and more.

June 2016-January 2017

Austin Community College - Hays Campus (Kyle, TX)

Proctored exams and assessments as a testing center assistant. Issued state-wide tests including the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) test and other college-entry exams; checked students in and out using DigitalDesk software, gathered and distributed appropriate testing materials, monitored a surveillance-recorded computer lab testing area during testing, organized and filed tests, testing transmittal records, graded scantrons, etc. Scheduled appointments, answered phone calls and assisted students in a timely manner.

Nov 2015-Jan 2016, May-Sept 2015

Bealls Sales Associate (Graham, TX)

Provided exceptional retail customer service while working in multiple departments including apparel, shoes, main cashier; maintained store cleanliness, restocked items, catered to customers specific needs.

Aug 2013-May 2014

TotalTrax, Inc. Intern (Graham, TX)

Performed general office duties, organizing, metric reporting, report compilation and account monitoring of division customers while focusing on customer service department.

Aug 2012-May 2013

Chamber of Commerce Intern (Graham, TX)

Provided general receptionist duties as well as organization with community events and chamber member banquets. Compiled monthly mailings and updates for members and more.

Education

B.A. Communications - 2019

Southern Vermont College (Bennington, VT)

Transferred in August of 2017. Currently pursuing a degree in Communications with a possible minor in Business Marketing. Managing Editor of The Looking Glass student media publication Fall 2017-Spring 2018.

B.S. Mass Communication and Advertising - August 2014-December 2016

Texas State University (San Marcos, Texas)

Concentration in digital media; minor in art and design. Member of H.E.A.T. environmental protection organization, advertising club, art club, Bobcat Build community service program, freshman orientation program.

Highschool Diploma - 2014

Graham High School (Graham, Texas)

Yearbook Editor-In-Chief 2011-2014, main event photographer, Art Club member, Spanish Club member, student council member, 2nd place UIL writing participant 2013, 1st place UIL photo journalism contestant 2014.

    Honors
  • Dean's List 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
  • National Society of Leadership and Success 2016
  • National Honor Society 2010-2014

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