For example, one student featured on the ZeeMee website, Lua, is passionate about travel and music. On her ZeeMee page, she included pictures of yurts, crafts, and horses from her month-long trip to Inner Mongolia as well as a video of her audition piece for the Charlotte Youth Symphony. Another student, Nicholas, highlighted his interest in business with a reading list. His page also features action shots from his basketball games and videos of his Steel Drums and Percussion Band.
The sample student profiles looked pretty slick, but I wanted to see for myself how a “real” profile might turn out and how easy it would be to make one. I was not disappointed. I had a lot of fun--maybe a little too much fun--creating my profile. ZeeMee has a very simple and user-friendly interface as well as helpful hints and tools scattered throughout.
One feature that I really liked was ZeeMee’s option to connect directly to Instagram and Facebook to pull pictures. I might be showing my age here, but I was expecting to have to go hunt down pictures and save them to my computer first. Luckily, I didn’t have to. You can also upload a whole batch of pictures at once, fairly quickly. It’s really easy to do from either your computer or your phone (there is a ZeeMee app for both Android and iPhone). Videos are easy to upload as well: you can upload directly from your computer or phone, or you can link to YouTube or Vimeo. Check out the mock profile I created at https://www.zeemee.com/kassiflam if you want a closer look or just a chuckle.
A growing number of schools are partnering with ZeeMee by adding a field in their applications for students’ ZeeMee profiles. Even schools that don’t include the ZeeMee field can see your profile if you give them link in your Common App. ZeeMee is very new, however, and not all schools know what it is. None of the admissions counselors I spoke with at Penn State, UPenn, and Gettysburg had ever heard of it. Penn State, however, said that they would be “open” to viewing a ZeeMee profile if they saw it on an application. You can find a complete list of the schools partnering with ZeeMee here: https://www.zeemee.com/partners.