As a media student, there is a long list of reasons why I love media. I used to come home to cartoons and Disney series on television after school; then I started to have my own smartphone which I watch shows and dramas on the school bus; now that I’m studying abroad, away from my family and friends, a facetime video call would make me feel less lonely.
I love how mundane media has become, I love media as it has been my playdate for the past twenty years and more. I didn’t realize how important media is to me, and how it has infused in my daily life until I moved to Amsterdam. Moving from almost ten thousand kilometers away from home isn’t easy. To start a new life so far away, living in an unfamiliar environment, studying for a bachelor’s degree with a second language, struggling to establish your own social life, and so on. Without media, I would have struggled a lot more than I have now. Due to the pandemic, I have a lot of time alone in my room. I facetime my family and friends every now and then, so I don’t feel like I’m stuck in this small room with only a desk and a bed. The connection it gives me is sometimes stronger than the connection I have with my new friends here, even though it’s divided by two screens that are ten thousand kilometers away.
Media is everywhere, I am addicted and in love with it, I can’t live without it.
student number: 13182102