In 2011, a young woman recorded a second of every day on video. At the end of the year, she compiled all the clips, set them to music, and put the video online for friends and family. Although it wasn’t her intention, her year on record reached a global audience—including myself.
Her video inspired me. The idea seemed to give each of her days meaning and importance. I wanted to make my own recording, so I decided to start my project on Feb. 1, 2012, the day I turned 22.
The first few weeks were exciting, but once March rolled around, my project became more of a challenge to remember. Throughout the year, I kept an index card next to my computer. On it, in bold marker, I wrote, “Record every day of my 23rd year.” Eventually, I did get into a routine, but—I have to admit—a slew of my clips are last-second, end-of-the-day shots. Even so, every clip signifies something for me.
In my 23rd year, I hung up my Big Red cap and goggles; spent too much time at River Road Coffeehouse; completed my senior writing project (a book); graduated; ventured to Jackson Hole in Wyoming for an internship with Chris Dickey ’03 at his PR agency, Purple Orange; went on a backcountry camping trip; drove from Wyoming to California; returned to Denison for Big Red Weekend; had thought-provoking conversations with some new friends and life mentors; said a difficult and teary goodbye to one of my best friends; and rang in 2013 in northern Michigan with family.
In hindsight, my project is what I thought it would be—a way to think about and celebrate the beauty of every day, the little moments that make me think and smile.
Emily Hopcian ’12 earned a B.A. in English and communication, and was a member of the Big Red women’s swimming and diving team. During her time at Denison, she created the TOMS Campus Club and worked as the editorial intern at Denison Magazine. Today she is a freelance writer in Michigan.