Top photo: Suellen Green
Bottom photo: Michelle Smart
About the SEED editors
SEED is being reborn, and I am so happy to be assisting with the delivery.
I have always loved to write, but it was only after studying editing in the Diploma of Professional Writing and Editing that I discovered a love of editing as well.
Fortunately, the Publishing Studio class I did as part of the Diploma taught me the fundamentals required to manage a magazine, because here I am doing exactly that. Don't you just love it when you learn something you can use straight away in a real world situation? Especially when it is exactly what I want to do. Working isn't supposed to be this much fun!
This is my second student as staff role. The first was copy writing for the 2012 Student Diary. That was fun too, but editing a magazine allows the joy of writing as well as the power of an editor. And being student as staff, obviously I am still studying which is another of my great loves in life.
2012 is shaping up to be a great year for me, for SEED and for everyone at Victoria University. I look forward to the journey and invite you to come along for the ride as SEED begins a new life.
Welcome to the death of the old student union magazine. My part in SEED reborn is making sure she has looks and personality. Remember words only make up half the story.
I began studying VU's Bachelor of Education to teach English, later realising I preferred to develop my own writing skills than teach a future society determined to use 'like' repetitively in a sentence. I changed to a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Fine arts/Professional Writing. I knew my future career would always be writing in some, keyboard, pen or Pictionary form.
My professional writing progress began with an internship as communications officer for UniAustralia, writing a guidebook to Victoria University and writing articles for their website: see http://uniaustralia.com.au/articles/tag/michelle-smart/ and in time was promoted to Social Media and Content Manager.
After tasting the online media world, I navigated the web with a spider's skill gaining numerous freelance writing roles. I experienced writing for one of VU's great educational resources working at SNAPVU; VU's peer learning online resource (see page 16) as a Content Developer and as Art Society Club president.
SEED is a new open book; I am looking forward to dealing with serious student issues, amazing tertiary writing talent and artwork. I hope you enjoy the staple bound glory we have brought to these pages.