Javier Perez de Lama, whose homeland is Spain, is studying Film Production in Lincoln and fills us in on life as an international student over the last 12 months:
What has the last year been like for you?
Well last year has been tough for a lot of people, but I’ve had the good fortune to be safe and healthy for most of it. I had to return to Spain in March 2020 and miss most of my second semester at uni, which coincided with all my projects being cancelled and shifted into written essays, so that was a bit of a blow, as I’m studying a mainly practical course. Thankfully I was with family and we were able to all stick together and live life relatively as usual, with added precautions, and then in September 2020 I moved back to Uni and resumed my studies.
Can you pin point any positive moments?
I can give you plenty! Starting University was an amazing experience. I’ve met so many people I’ve grown to love and care for, friends I think I’ll cherish for the rest of my life. Now studying abroad, I’ve developed a new level of independence and self-reliance. Lincoln is beautiful, and setting aside the rain I have no complaints. Everyone in the UK seems determined to be kind and nice to me. I’ve written scripts and begun my development into a full-fledged filmmaker.
Have you witnessed any acts of kindness?
I’m not one to focus on acts of kindness, as I’ve always found that the best philosophy is to help who you can, and sometimes let them help themselves. However, there was one thing that really touched me. Back in December, I wasn’t sure if I would be able to go home for Christmas, as things were complicated with international travel. Eventually I was able to, but before then, my housemate assured me that if I wasn’t going home, neither was he, because “no one should be alone for Christmas”. It was incredibly touching and small acts of kindness like this are what keep the world from feeling bitter and cold.
What's the main thing that's got you through the last year?
Music and writing, definitely. I’ve relied heavily on some albums to get me through 2020, and I’ll associate them with the year forever. AJR’s “Neotheater”, Leslie Odom Jr’s “Mr”, the Hadestown soundtrack.
Aside from that, writing scripts has been my go-to. I’m a procrastinator by nature, so forcing myself to write at least one or two pages a day of something, anything, has been really helpful.
What have you learnt that will take you forward in life?
I have no clue, but I’ve definitely changed, that’s for sure.
Is there anyone from your school days who you would like to get back in touch with?
Oh sure! I’d love to get in touch with almost everyone! I’ve found many people on social media throughout the years but it was really annoying to not have some way of contacting them when I got back home after that year, so it just never happened. I feel like it would be awkward to message them now, but I’d sure love to get in touch with them! I remember so many friends... Alice Stockton, Boyd Pomeroy, Seb Combes... I’m running off the top of my head, but I’m sure I could remember more if I tried.
I hope that gives you an idea of how I’m doing! Walhampton was the first place that really pushed me to follow through on my passion for creativity and storytelling, and I’ll always be grateful for that!
To take a look at Javier's You Tube Channel, please click here.
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