When I was wondering about why I love media, immediately one thought came to my mind. Although, there are several reasons why I appreciate and love media, there is the only one that truly helped me in recent months. Namely, being able to stay in touch and maintain relationships with my family and friends from my hometown. Starting my studies at UvA personally was a huge and scary step for me. Moving abroad to a foreign country, living on your own for the very first time, speaking in a second language, and trying to fit in with new culture can be a challenge. What helped me to find myself in a new reality was the fact that I didn‘t have to snip myself from my previous life. Thanks to media I could talk to my loved ones via Messenger, see what my friends are doing on Instagram and watch new trends from my country on Tik Tok. If I want to explore Amsterdam I can simply do it, at the same time being able to see my city on FaceTime when I feel homesick. Media expanded my horizons, by making a distance disappear.

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Published by Media Love

Website dedicated to the Media Love project of Mark Deuze, Professor of Media Studies, University of Amsterdam (The Netherlands).

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