Currently, I’m a sophomore at Drake University majoring in Digital Media Production. The courses I have taken in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication certainly helps me to develop better and better in editing throughout the semesters.
I have been fascinated with the existence of multimedia since I was a little chubby kid. I played around with Microsoft PowerPoint at first, and then discovered Windows Movie Maker. I did a lot of videos back then with my younger brother. Now, I’m an excellent editor that uses Adobe Premiere Pro, Photoshop and Lightroom to create amazing contents for you.
Since May 2016, I have been the webmaster for Drake University Malaysian Students Association (MASA). My job includes shooting and editing photos and videos, designing posters for events, managing social media and developing the organization’s website, www.drakemasa.com. I also worked freelance with UMNO International Club as a photographer.
Someday, I would love to be a dedicated editor. I like doing the camera works too, but editing is what I do best and love most.
Being an International Student:
I’m from Malaysia, and English is not my first language. On earlier semesters, I struggled with communicating with people and trying to adapt to the culture and weather here was quite hard, because our lifestyle is different here compared to home. I interviewed an international student to see if they had the same experience as me. This is the story:
“Where I’m from is a bit rigorous, more stressful, and the educational system doesn’t accept creativity,” said Youngjae Jeon, a student from South Korea in health sciences at Drake University.
Studying in the United States made him feel happy and relaxed. Jeon said that he would go to his high school early in the morning and go back home at 11 p.m., without any breaks at all. On Sundays, they still had to go to school although there were no teachers. “We go there just to self-study. There is a supervisor keeping an eye on us,’ Jeon said.
There would be a demerit if they skip the Sunday sessions, and it would be bad for the students to have lots of demerits on their school record. In South Korea, they have no choice but to study meticulously to get into college, but Jeon said that the most important exam is the final exam before they finish school. If they fail or get low grade on that exam, they will never get a chance to enter college.
“All the exams we did previously for the past five years were just practice tests for this final exam,” Jeon said. “Some students repeat the final exam the next year, but some commit suicide. It was too hard for them to bear as they studied hard for years and just fail like that.”