My name is Megan Samrai, and I’m a 22-year-old broadcast journalism student. I wouldn’t know where to start with really defining myself because I think we’re always growing. While some might say that I need to be more self-aware, I believe that people are much harder to label than we initially realise. The reality is often much more complex than the person we see on our social media screen. For example, all of you reading this page are probably going to get a different impression of me. Some might think I’m being deep, and some of you might find me annoying (which lowkey I am).
But, anyway, I can tell you a little bit about one of my biggest passions, which is TV and documentaries. I feel like TV has been in my life for as long as I can remember. My earliest memories are sitting behind the counter at my grandparent’s corner shop, while my parents were serving customers, watching the tiny television with 5 channels. Although many say TV rots your brain, for me it’s always been the opposite. I’ve learnt so much over the past few years watching documentaries, on topics I never would have delved into otherwise. I’ve been challenged to view ideas from another perspective and gained a greater sense of empathy for other people’s situations. It’s all about what you allow into your space.
(Quick recommendation: Watch “The Last Dance” on Netflix. I knew nothing about basketball beforehand, but it was so gripping!)
And as well as gaining knowledge, TV has always been my rock and provided a healthy distraction to many of the stressful things in life. It’s always comforted me that whatever’s going on in the world, my favourite show will be on Sunday at 9 pm. TV represents consistency and stability, even with its evolution into the online space over the past decade.
For me, to be outspoken means to be confident. In the current climate, many associates being outspoken with what we post on social media, but I think we shouldn’t forget to be outspoken in our day-to-day life too.
I choose to be outspoken because it’s so important that you are your biggest supporter. Even with a strong support network around you, self-confidence and self-belief are pivotal in allowing you to move forward. In a world that can be so competitive, it’s important to make yourself heard because not everybody will want to help you succeed.
My best advice to someone who is struggling to use their voice or share their story is to remember that you are living your life for yourself, not anyone else. Whether that means choosing a certain path in life, or making decisions that others may not necessarily approve of, the only validation you should be seeking is your own.