If studying in the UK is something that you’re considering, you need to have a cool and quirky way of documenting every part of your experience – something that you will enjoy looking back on years and years after your experience has ended.
We have come up with 5 great ways that Canadian students can record their UK university experience, just so you can be a little bit different…
1 – Using a Polaroid Camera
We know, a Polaroid camera is a little bit old school, but hear us out…
We spend so much time posing for photos and making sure everything is ‘Insta-worthy’ that sometimes we miss the actual moment that we want to capture.
With a Polaroid camera, you have the ‘one shot’ mentality that can still be used for posing, BUT, will also capture the more natural moments of your experience. As a result, you might get some really funny pics!
Save all of these shots and when you get home, you can put them into a collage to document your time abroad. Plus, you’ll look really cool walking around with a Polaroid camera!
2 - A MAGIC Frame
Sounds interesting right?
How great would it be for your family or friends to have an instant window into your experience abroad? With a Magic Frame, this is possible.
If the frame is displayed in an area with a WIFI connection, it can receive photos from anywhere in the world in a few seconds and your family and friends can see whatever you’re up to! When you get home, all of your photos will be stored in a digital diary, ready for you to print too.
3 - A Journal
Now, don’t think that keeping a journal is going to be a boring task. Depending on what kind of person you are, either of the following options could be quite fun!
A traditional diary and scrapbook
With this journal method, invest in a good hard cover book. Believe us, it will make you want to write in it more often and will make it more appealing to read in years to come.
In here you can record what you’ve done each day, or even just random experiences. A word of advice though: write down the time, date and where you are or where you have visited, just to make it more interesting.
Keeping a journal this way also allows you to add any pictures that you have printed (those Polaroids!), keep leaflets from attractions you have visited, or even bus or train tickets or receipts. Anything that you could stick into the journal, do it. You’ll thank us later!
Project Life App
This would be suited to someone with more of a digital approach, or someone who wouldn’t want to carry around a journal or take the time to stick little bits into it.
The Project Life App allows you to input digital journal entries through your phone or tablet so you can record your journey in the same way as if you would by hand. You can also add pictures into the app to accompany your entries! When you’re done with your study abroad experience, you can have the journal printed into a book so you have something to look back on.
4 - Social media
You may think that this is an obvious way to record your trip, but it isn’t. This about using social media in a way you probably haven’t thought about before. It is all about HASHTAGS!
Create a personalised Instagram hashtag: this way all of the pictures that you upload with this particular hashtag will all be together. You can also see what other people are posting with that particular hashtag, which will give you an idea of more things to try when studying in the UK!
Using a website called Storify, through your Twitter, Instagram or other social account, you can record collections of tweets, pictures, vines or hashtag threads that show your UK university experience. The site turns your social content into shareable stories every day. You can also attach anything from the web that you would like to be in your story and it will be there to share!
5 - Become a blogger OR a vlogger
This is a very popular way that many people use to record their experience of studying in the UK.
It’s similar to writing or keeping a journal, but it’s online for everyone to see, which is great because it means that people at home can keep up with your experiences!
If you aren’t the kind of person that likes to write lengthy pieces and definitely don’t fancy the time that could go into a blog, why don’t you video yourself talking about your day? It’s just as simple as writing a blog, but could be more interesting for people to watch, especially if you were recording exactly what it is you are doing with your time! Try an app like 1 Second Every Day to document your various experiences and stitch them together into a video montage. Again, this is a great way for your family and friends to stay up to date with what you’re doing during your time studying in the UK.
All of these great ways that Canadian students can record their UK university experience can be done with ease. It's definitely worth recording your experience studying in the UK; you’ll be so happy you did in years to come!