Halfway through the journey

Zara Vanwynsberghe / November 1, 2019

Working with one of my co-producers on the rundown for our episode of BCIT In Focus.
(Zara Vanwynsberghe)

It’s scary when you think about it; time. It’s a strange phenomenon and it goes by so fast. Sometimes I wonder what it would feel like to live by the position of the sun and the moon. Would it be easier? Would ‘time’ feel different? Would we live more intense, live more in the moment? Or are we trying to take everything out of our life right now, because we keep being reminded by the clock how fast time flies?

As I’m sitting outside in the sun, I’m trying to write down my thoughts about this. My watch keeps ticking, it’s almost 1 p.m. What did I do the last couple of weeks? It’s easy to let your mind wander and to get lost in your own world. But then, at some point, you are suddenly brought back to reality. “Hé, Zara! What’s up?”

Still, my thoughts keep haunting my mind. Time. Life. Fast. Intense. Pause button. I’m already in the third rotation of this program! I just can’t believe it. Why is it going by so fast?

This week I started with Mag, which stands for Magazine. In Belgium we would immediately think about written articles, but it actually refers to TV. So, after making radio and digital content, I’m diving into the video world. BCIT has a very cool project; Broadcast students are working together with TV students to produce a TV story in which they put a certain campus in the spotlight. ‘In Focus.’ We are so lucky to have the BCIT Aerospace Campus, immense planes are collected in the hanger, which is really interesting to see. So this Tuesday, I shadowed a Journalism student and a TV student. I got to see how they produce their story and what they think is important for such a story. “Be creative, people,” the teachers were shouting every 10 minutes. I love this. The students are really being encouraged to deviate from the normal and to be as creative as possible.

Besides that, I’m also introduced to the role of the producer. What do they do, how do you become a good producer? I have the opportunity to grow in this role and practice it by producing the show with 2 other students, which I think is super cool. I can’t wait to start putting it all together!

In the meantime, my Belgian colleagues and friends are on a break. We have an autumn break in most schools in Belgium. We get one week of to work for school and to celebrate and remember All Saints and All Souls on November 1 & 2. So it felt a little weird to go to school this week. But hé, in BC, Halloween is a big thing! It was a fun experience to see how much effort people make to dress up. And they even celebrate it with fireworks! Isn’t that cool?! It actually brought me into the mood to celebrate New Year’s Eve, haha. That’s the only holiday we celebrate with fireworks in Belgium.

Savannah Erasmus (right) and I discussing the show.
(Zara Vanwynsberghe)