Transfer Student Finds Home in Digital Communications Major

Keri Snyder transferred to Lebanon Valley College to pursue digital communications

Keri Snyder ’20 knew she wanted to pursue a degree in video editing en route to a future career in the film or video industry. Recognizing that many renowned programs are at large schools that are far away or in large cities, she decided to start her college journey with an associate degree at Harrisburg Area Community College.

After taking a year off to work, Snyder learned about the videography concentration available through LVC’s digital communications major.

“I learned that the DigiCOM major offers a variety of courses to give students a little taste of everything in addition to the courses related to their chosen concentrations,” said Snyder. “I could get better at design and programming and improve my writing, while still focusing on videography.”

As a transfer, Snyder worked closely with Dr. Jeff Ritchie, chair of the Design, Media, and Technology Department and professor of digital communications and interaction design.

“We planned out my schedule together to make sure I would be able to complete all of the requirements in two years,” she said. “He was extremely helpful and made me feel confident going into my first semester at LVC. Also, even though I was transferring into the major as a junior, and most of my classmates already knew each other, they were very welcoming and made me feel at home.”

That close-knit feeling of the department came in handy when the COVID-19 pandemic canceled Snyder’s planned summer internship—her last requirement to finish her degree and an immersive experience that provides valuable instruction.

“When my internship got canceled, I saw the time my professors put into helping me find a new one as soon as possible,” she said. “My professors genuinely care about me and want me to succeed. I know that I can always reach out to them for advice or assistance even after I graduate.” 

After completing her remote internship with RadicalMedia, Snyder will earn her degree in August and start her search for a position in the film and video industry.

“I am so thankful that I decided to transfer to LVC,” she said. “DigiCOM presented me with challenges that made me grow as a person and a student, built my confidence, and showed me that I am capable of much more than I think.”