Capturing Durham on camera – Palatinate


By Steph Ormond

As the term Epiphany returns to Durham’s circle of life and online lectures, during the holidays, Interview caught up with some of the student body’s vloggers and internet personalities to discuss how they portray college life in their videos and whether creating content for them is second nature.

TomDaniel [first on the left], 1st year (@t0mdaniel – TikTok): “At first I thought like a lot of people that TikTok was grumpy, but when the lockdown set in and all my friends were uploading videos, I thought I had nothing better to do with myself, so I tried and made a few videos. Now it has become what it is today. In general, I tried to highlight some of the everyday things in college life that people might identify with, such as drinking culture and to present some Durham-specific stereotypes in a fun way.As my videos are quite short, people often comment on them with questions about Durham University, especially life To be honest, I don’t have an upload schedule, so it’s not that hard to deal with making videos. They’re really ideas in the moment.

Megan Jones [second from left], 4th grade (Megan J – YouTube): “I started making videos in early 2017 and since then I’ve posted at least one video most weeks. Before I entered college, I saw a lot of students having an amazing time in college and everyone tells you this is the time of your life. I didn’t feel like this when I got to college. Instead, I felt isolated and completely overwhelmed by the situation. So, I also share this aspect of college life because I know it’s a common experience. “I think the main part of my YouTube shows the more realistic side of college life – both the ups and downs. I think it’s helpful, both for prospective students, so they don’t set unrealistic expectations and end up being overwhelmed, but also for current students who may already have difficulties and can see that they are not alone.

“Plus, I’m sharing some helpful tips, coming from a working-class neighborhood and a public school, on what to wear for ceremonies or the difference between a ball or a bop, because that wasn’t for me. Any kind of practical advice I can think of, I always try to make a video on it My main thought in regards to the Durham videos is “what would have helped me get over it?” I was already doing weekly videos during Sixth Form so I felt like I was ready to juggle the two when I started college.Although I admit I have struggled since Covid with all the uncertainties and blockages – this past year has been the only time since 2017 that I’ve had to take a few weeks off from YouTube every once in a while.

While you have to work hard, you can also have the time of your life

Hollie Rose [second from right], 2nd year (Hollie Rose – YouTube): “I started posting poetry and book videos in late 2020, but have moved on to make the content I post now more consistent since June 2021 during my gap year. As I was preparing for college I made a video about preparing to leave for Durham so the focus grew from there. In my videos, I try to show the day-to-day aspects of Durham University life as I experience it – from the first week and social activities to the stresses of deadline season and the difficulties of essay writing. university essays.

“My main focus has been on showcasing the experiences I go through, like participating in cheerleading and attending college events. I don’t go out of my way to orchestrate situations for my vlogs. Instead, I hope viewers can watch my content and know that there are so many different things to do in college, especially in a place like Durham which has a lot of preconceptions about it I want to show that even though you have to work hard, you can also have the time of your life.

Tristan Stoker [first on the right], 2nd year (Tristan Stocker – YouTube)“I’ve always been interested in video editing and content creation. I first started making videos every time I went on vacation – filming the whole trip and doing little edits with music and effects. At first, I was nervous about being in front of a camera, but with the cancellation of A-Levels, I had plenty of time and decided to start making content about studying preparation. of right and that’s how my channel started.

“When I first started looking for videos about Durham University, especially Hatfield, they were often quite old and few in number, so I figured things must have changed since then. I think my videos like that visiting the room at the university have helped answer some of those questions that students have about the wider Durham experience – especially for those trying to decide on university choices. Overseas, trying to find this stuff is even harder. At the Hatfield Michaelmas Ball, someone recognized me on YouTube and said they watched my videos in Japan! on university life are therefore extremely valuable, as not everyone gets the chance to see Durham in person before they go.

“For me, creating content isn’t a huge burden on my life. I organize video ideas on a list, then I prioritize them and date them. So I have kind of a vague chart of when videos should come out Day in the Life videos are the easiest for me as you only need to shoot a few minutes every hour As long as I have something to record whether it’s a camera or a phone , that’s not a problem. The most difficult part is the editing, the whole process beyond the shooting, beyond what people see in the video. This is the most difficult task and the Even so, it’s still satisfying to see a finished video.

Image credits: Tom Daniel, Megan Jones, holly Rose and Tristan Stocker on Instagram


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