By: Stephanie Au
Out of your entire university experience, the most memorable part of it will be your time on exchange. In the Fall of 2017, I attended the University of Warwick in Coventry, UK. During my studies, I promised that I would immerse myself in new cultures, travel to new countries, and to meet new friends (mission accomplished!) All these memories can blur into one, which is where recording your exchange experience can make all the difference.
I documented my whole exchange experience via video. On my way to the airport was the first time I picked up my camera. I was hesitant and scared that others would judge me, but with this once in a lifetime experience, I convinced myself to click record and see what would happen next. Now, every time I look back at that airport vlog a whirlwind of emotions arises. It’s crazy how one image can bring you back to that exact moment along with its scents, sights and sounds.
With that in mind, I continued to capture footage of moments from all the new places I went to and the people I met. I ended up with so much footage I’m still trying to edit and post them to this day! The best part about it is reminiscing all the special memories on your exchange – big or small. Whether it’s a video of you exploring your host country or writing a journal entry about how you feel during your time in a new place, you’re essentially curating a diary that encapsulates your life in that specific moment. There are no rules. The sole purpose of recording your exchange is to give you the chance to relive and develop from your experiences.
This may only be applicable to you if you’re interested in creating vlogs, but don’t feel the need to capture every single minute. Sometimes it’s best to live and enjoy the moment without any interruptions. There will be so many other opportunities to record footage of your time abroad, so don’t feel the need to record 24/7.
Have fun and enjoy the experience, it passes by in an instant!
Stephanie Au is a student in Commerce at McMaster University. She studied for a single term at the University of Warwick, UK.