Andrew Amouzou, a sophomore majoring in journalism and minoring in digital media took the Diederich College’s Instagram along for a ride and showed off his day for a recent #studenttakeover.
Overall, Tuesdays are usually my most hectic days, and being able to take over the Diederich College’s Instagram brought some new excitement to the day. At first, it was weird (a good weird) that I was going to be filming myself as I went through my day; however, I eventually got creative and put together the day’s events and activities nicely. I knew I wanted to include my morning routine, as well as my barber appointment because it would allow people to see how unique my day was. It was also convenient to showcase my preparation for Golden Eagle Sports Report as well.
It was fun and exciting to hear different people say: “You were the one from the Instagram takeover, right?” Even as I was filming my day, I received texts, comments, and shoutouts about the takeover and how much people were enjoying it. About two days after, one student said that I looked familiar even though I barely knew her. She immediately realized that she recognized me from the college’s Instagram page.
I believe that being able to have students film their lives for the community is a great way to show that the college is filled with diverse students that are involved with a variety of classes, clubs, and activities on campus. It also sends a message that the college encourages students to tell their own stories and have fun about it too! The experience did not really change my view of social media that much, however, it strengthened my knowledge about how social media has allowed us to put our lives on display like no other platform and that can be for the better or worse.
Drew Takes Over - @mucollegeofcomm
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Something I tell my peers who are interested in showcasing their day is to have fun and be as creative and engaging as possible. As much as classes take up most of our days as students, try to stay away from simply filming yourself in class or talking about your classes. People are more interested in groups, jobs, and activities that you are part of. Also, having a variety of clips and photos also keeps your audience engaged. At the end of the day, if you go at it with an optimistic and fun spirit, I believe creativity and endurance will automatically come! Remember, that not a lot of colleges/universities are offering this special experience!