The increasing amount of free time at university as a final-year Journalism student has led me to create my own YouTube channel, and with the influx of zoom lectures and lack of face-to-face teaching, it’s no wonder.
Initially, I only had two hours of teaching which took place in university due to the new restrictions regarding coronavirus. However, this later reduced to only hour which meant the majority of my lectures took place online over Zoom. Without a doubt, these measures are completely understandable and appropriate for the current situation, however this has undeniably taken a toll on the mental health of many students, including myself.
After pacing back and forth with my thoughts on creating my channel, I decided to just go for it mainly because I love creating videos and sharing my passion with others. As a devoted Christian who trusts in God during difficult times such as these, I believed that I could share my message of hope, faith and biblical truth to others who were struggling to find hope through my videos.
As I partly use my free time to create videos, I almost find it as a form of escapism; a chance to be myself, delve into my faith and connect with the world in a creative way. In order to avoid comparisons or negative thoughts, I always neglect my subscriber count or other channels similar to mine, simply because my focus is to embrace my hobby and produce my optimal best in my videos.
I believe and, always have believed, that immersing yourself into new things only becomes a barrier when we see it as one. Regardless of our situation, we can always find the good things which bring us peace and joy.