How I Ended Up Here

Compile your favorite photos from your experiences, trips, hobbies etc and make them into a video. Try to organize them chronologically to tell your story as you work your way through college. Make the video at least two minutes.

This 4.5 star assignment was on the first page of video assignments for this week. I decided to do it because I love taking photos and I know I have a lot from my first year at college. I also thought it would be nice to have this video in the future to be able to look back on all the best memories I made during my first year of college.

Going to college was a very weird experience. There was so much freedom I had never experienced before and so much responsibility. I handled my workload pretty well, but making new friends was pretty hard at first. I knew a couple of people going into college (literally two people) but I wasn’t really friends with them. I usually ate breakfast alone, which to be honest I was perfectly fine with, because I am NOT a morning person. Lunch and dinner were trickier, because it seemed like everyone already had friends and I still didn’t really know anybody.

I eventually ate lunch with people I had classes with right before lunchtime and became better friends with them. I wasn’t good friends with my roommate, and while I ate with her at the beginning of school and did some stuff with her, we didn’t interact much. About a month had gone by and I didn’t have good friends. I had some really nice acquaintances, and I tried to hang out with them as much as possible, even if it was a little awkward at first.

I became really good friends with three people in my FSEM that lived in my dorm (FSEM served its exact purpose in our cases) and we hung out and ate together almost every day. I met my best friend in my FSEM class, and she introduced me to more people, and now we’re all rooming together next year. I honestly didn’t know anyone at the beginning of the year, and even a month or two into the year, that I would be comfortable rooming with. Now, I have so many new friends that I never would have had if it weren’t for UMW. If I could give one piece of advice to incoming freshmen it would be this: do not give up trying to make friends. It will take a while and you will feel lonely at the beginning. Don’t worry, you aren’t alone! I have pictures to prove it 🙂


These directions work for Apple products. First, open the photos application. Then click projects > + > slideshow.

Create a title for the slideshow, click OK, and then select the photos you want. Once all the photos are selected you can choose a theme for the slideshow.

To change the order that pictures appear, just click and drag the photo you want to move to the place you want it to be moved to. To edit a picture in the slideshow, double click on the picture. This window will appear. When you are done editing click done.

To add captions to slides, select + > add text. Then just type directly onto the slideshow where the text box appears.

In order to get a closing slide in my slideshow, I made a Powerpoint slide with all the closing credits. I then took a screen shot of the slide by clicking command – shift – 4. Then insert it into the slideshow by navigating to the very last picture and clicking + > add photo.

To adjust the speed of the slideshow click the stopwatch icon and slide the custom bar until it is the total speed you want.

When you are happy with your slideshow, click export > save. Be patient while it exports the project. I saved mine in movies to later be uploaded to Youtube.

To upload to Youtube, log into your channel and click upload.

Then choose the movie you want to upload. Again, be patient. This will take a few minutes. Then you can choose a thumbnail and click publish.

3 Replies to “How I Ended Up Here”

  1. Thank You so much! I have been stuck at the upload to uTube phase for a couple of hours…I’m going to redo my assignment based on your tutorial.
    Thanks again
    George Z

  2. This was a really cute video and it was easy to tell what the theme was. Everything felt well put together and the story flowed throughout the video. It really makes me wish I had an Apple product to make this video with. The music was superb and moved the piece along nicely, allowing one to be transported into your memories and see how calming yet exciting the experience was for it.

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