New and exciting things were happening everyday while I lived and interned in Santiago, and I realized I needed a way to appreciate and remember each moment. I'll always have memories, but memories can get lost: I'll remember that one time I chased after an ambulance on Cerro San Cristobal, but over time I might forget to remember that moment. And with everything that was happening and everything I was learning, I didn't want to forget to remember.
I found my solution without really even thinking in a café after work with one of my new best friends. I think he mentioned something his friend at home does: take a one-second video everyday. I was charmed by the idea that a single second could recall an entire memory.
So about two weeks into my two month study abroad, I compiled all the videos I had already taken and hoped it was enough for about a second a day. Most of the videos I had already were ones that I had recorded on Snapchat and saved before sending to my friends. They were vertical, not industry-standard horizontal, and not great pixel quality, but for me, they were perfect. They were moments I had intended to share with my friends in the most common way I knew how, and those were the kinds of moments I wanted to remind myself to remember. So I kept taking "vertical snapchat videos," as my friends and I jokingly referred to them in specific, and I edited them down to about a second each. I ended up having multiple seconds a day, not just one, but I realized I would need more than just one second a day to convey the aspects new and routine that collided so often in my life abroad.
So here it is: my reminder to remember.
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<p>Hey there, my name is Megan! I'm from a rural suburb south of Annapolis, Maryland, and like many Annapolitans, I love sailing, summer, and being on the water. When I'm not in my quiet hometown, I'm enjoying (and adjusting to) city life in Baltimore, studying International Studies and Sociology in my first year at Johns Hopkins. This summer, I'll be living and working in a city a bit farther from home: Santiago, Chile!</p>