April 01, 2014
5 for 5 Student Spotlight: The Hip-Hop Professional wants you to meet: Mikeisha Smith
Q: What’s your major/area of interest and what school do you attend?
A: I major in Communication Arts along with a minor in Business/Legal Studies. I have acquired an abundance of professional skills through the teachings of eminent professors. Having taken Broadcasting, Marketing, Advertising, Television Production, Screenwriting, Public Relations, Business Law and many other courses, I am well equipped for the Television/ Entertainment field. I am a graduating senior attending St. John’s University in Queens, New York.
Q: What are some of your current projects or activities that you are engaged in on campus? Also, have you completed any beneficial internships/summer programs?
A: Over the course of four years at St. John’s, I have engaged in a number of organizations which have allowed me to expand my network amongst my fellow colleagues. As a former High School cheerleader, I became a member of the collegiate co-ed cheer squad at St. John’s my freshman year. Sophomore year, I ventured off to the Caribbean Students Association Dance Team where I was able to express my dance skills and Jamaican background. As an active student, I was elected as Liaison of Resident Hall Council where I organized hall meetings and events and stood as a resource to the residents in my dorm. I then became involved in Haraya: Pan-African Students Coalition in which I took part in the Activities Committee my junior year. I am also a member of Legal Society. As a senior, I take pride in leadership and strive to be a positive role model for the underclassman. I recently joined the Resident Students Association in which I am the show host for weekly performing guests and open mic night. Lastly, I am a Discover New York Peer Leader/Mentor to the freshman class where I help first year students’ transition from high school to college and have an enjoyable experience.
In addition to my involvement on campus, I have taken part in internships at Queens Public Television as a Production Assistant. There I learned to navigate the camera, edit, create press releases, and even interview live shows. I also interned during New York Fashion Week with fashion website Closet Dash and fashion stylist mobile app Style Scan. I currently intern at CBS Television where I’ve had the privilege to meet a great deal of successful individuals who have inspired and encouraged me to reach for the stars. I love the spontaneity of how no two days are the same. Working behind the scenes of “Live from the Couch” gives me great insight on every aspect of producing a show, especially at such a well renowned station.
Q: How hard is it being a student and balancing the work you do towards your career goal?
A: The act of balancing student life and work is motivated by my passion and perseverance towards my dreams. My secret tool to time management is a planner. I find it very essential to maximize the way one utilizes their day. Unlike most internships, I am required to arrive at CBS at 5:30 am. My determination may sometimes result in sleepless nights; however, I will not stop until I accomplish all my dreams and aspirations. I often use the term #TeamNoSleep because nothing comes easy in life.
Q: What are your top social media platforms that you use and why?
A: Social media today has transformed society and the way we communicate with one another. My favorite network site is LinkedIn. It has allowed me to professionally build my brand and expand my network. I’ve been contacted by numerous business professionals with offers for further internships and career opportunities. Instagram (@keishasweet1) is another top favorite where I can take endless selfies and share my exciting adventures at my awesome internships. I also use Facebook and Twitter to keep current and share thoughts, comments, and or experiences with my friends and others.
Q: Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
A: In five years, I will have a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Arts. As a hard working intern at CBS, I hope to continue working there upon graduating. I see myself jump starting my career as a TV Personality/Host. My long-term goal is to be a mogul and establish my own talk show that will cater to the youth. My eleven-year old sister often seeks advice from me and I’ve realized how much of an impact I’ve had on pre-teens and young adults. With my talk show, I can reach out to millions of young boys and girls worldwide and encourage them to be the best they can be.