Want to Learn How the World Sees Your College? Look on YouTube
Terry Nguyen, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Nicolas Chae's morning routine as a sophomore at Princeton University entails carrying a camera wherever he goes. He does so to gather footage of his daily interactions, which he then broadcasts to thousands of people many times a month.
Chae is a YouTube influencer, a video creator who has gained recognition via his vlogs, or video blogs, about everyday life. His channel is part of a niche digital community on YouTube where students upload videos documenting the college experience. The content includes information on their dorms, academics, study habits, exams, and more.
Videos uploaded by college students offer an authentic lens into student life and campus culture, which are helpful for high schoolers looking to visualize themselves on a specific campus.