About Me

Who I am

My name is Rachel Wente. I’m in Drake University’s class of 2021, studying Digital Media Production and Rhetoric, Media, and Social Change (aka, DMP and RMSC – I like my alphabet soup degree). Additionally, I’m an Honors student at Drake, and my senior capstone will be on leitmotivs (think Darth Vader’s Theme, or the Avengers’ Theme).

What I care about

One of my priorities is to ensure that I know who my client is and what matters to them. With my degree, I want to be able to showcase the best of a company, concept, or person in a way that means something to them. Furthermore, I want to help them either through having them realize it on their own, or through my work with them. The world is just a large community, and I want to embody that spirit.

My journey

My journey with video production started in my sophomore year of high school. My public library participated in the ‘Teen Video Challenge,’ a way to advertise the summer reading program. We collaborated with the local PEG station (Public-Education-Government), JATV Media Services, and after it all was done, I was asked to be an intern there.

I worked at JATV for 3.5 years, and while I was there, I recorded, edited, and produced videos for the community. Some of my favorite videos were ones where I went to an event hosted by a non-profit (like the YWCA Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, or a Comic-Con-esque event at the library) and produced videos showcasing the event.

My experience so far…

I have experience with marketing and marketing material. I was in charge of publicity and social media for some organizations at Drake, including the Honors Student Council, and Drake Broadcasting System. 

Myself with coworkers at the State Fair in preparation for Star 102.5's State Fair Scramble
My coworkers and I before the Star 102.5 State Fair Scramble

During Summer 2019, I worked in Promotions and Marketing at the Des Moines Radio Group.  In this position, I worked at remote events in setting up equipment and interacting with listeners, as well as a bit of work behind-the-scenes for large events (ex., KIOA Car Giveaway, More 104.1 Christmas in July, Star 102.5 State Fair Scramble). 

Since August, I’ve worked as a Community Assistant for Drake West Village.  At Drake West Village, I’ve been able to interact with students through programming opportunities, as well as through leasing promotions.  With that, I interact with prospective residents and parents and aid them through the leasing process while answering any questions they may have.

All of these experiences have given me opportunities to learn more about the communities that I live in. I’ve truly enjoyed being able to learn about the different needs of different people and how to best work with them to ensure that people are receiving the services that they deserve.