“You have to follow your own voice. You have to be yourself when you write. In effect, you have to announce, ‘This is me, this is what I stand for, this is what you get when you read me. I’m doing the best I can—buy me or not—but this is who I am as a writer.” ~ David Morrell
Leda Spiranec is a second year ACM student from Croatia and a member of this publishing committee. She likes to try out different things, but for now her main focus is film and theatre, her disciplines in ACM and this committee, for which she thoroughly enjoys working for. In her spare time she likes to read and write sometimes, create short clips that one day she hopes she can transform into real aesthetically pleasing and perhaps even thought-provoking movies, and spending time with all the wonderful people she was lucky enough to meet through this university experience, even in Corona.
Hi, my name is Karma Ibrahim and I’m a second-year ACM student and I’m also proud to say that I’m the Chairman of the Museum Committee. I’ve always loved exploring various forms of expression like painting and writing poetry but I also quite enjoy cooking, traveling, and organizing events!
Read my poems below!
Franka is the Commissioner of Internal Affairs in the board of my study association, and manages nine different committees.
My name is Franka. I am 25 years old. I like fireworks, taking a walk at sunset, drinking wine. I am a second year student in Arts, Culture and Media at the University of Groningen. Up until recently, I was also in the Honours Program. I am the Commissioner of Internal Affairs in the board of my study association, where I need to manage nine different committees. I am doing the artistic direction of an interactive circus show. I am seeing my grandparents every weekend. I try to maintain my friendships. I try to find love, read books every night, meditate. Thing is, I also like to sleep, listen to vinyl, eat ramen, get bored, hike. But right now, I only have time to give to the “I ams” and “I dos”. My “I likes” and my “I trys” are pushed to the side. No time for them. Forgotten pieces of happiness along the way. And so, to remember their existence, and to make sure I don’t suffocate by all the ams and dos, I write. I write my feelings. I try to write myself. I try.
I’m Giulia, a 21-year-old Brazilian girl, also known as the current secretary of IK. In ACM, I follow both of my passions: theatre and literature. I think art has always played a crucial role in my life, but mostly dance and literature that by now have become just as vital as breathing for me. Because I was inspired by many great authors in my life, I love to write. My inspirations are very random, mostly it’s when I am feeling too much and just need to express it somehow. Sometimes it’s through dance, sometimes it’s through words.
This piece was composed during the first lockdown, back in April 2020. My former literature teacher has a great Instagram account where she talks about literature. She launched a challenge to re-signify words according to this new reality of the pandemic. The idea is to choose a word and try to define it in terms of what it means to us in our current reality. I honestly could not choose another word other than art. Every time I saw news of people using art somehow to create connections, I would literally cry because it’s simply moving to me. Art is just the perfect vehicle for emotion, vulnerability, empathy, listening to the other, and expressing yourself. I hope you enjoy the piece! Also, I invite you to try it out: what words have changed its meaning to you in this whole crazy experience of the pandemic?
Read the outstanding piece below.
Renn is a second-year student studying Art, Culture, and Media. While majoring in literature and music. Renn has written a poem titled “the beach”, which is described as, “an exploration of stylistics and prose, a perspective from an unexpected angle, and how an unremarkable place can be a refuge until you find something better; a home.”
Read the beautiful poem below.
note from the publishing committee...
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#ThePandemicDiaries is a platform we offer for everyone to express themselves, share their struggles and experiences, whether that be the mundane activities that still help us feel better or any art (literary, visual, even audiovisual) that portrays anyone’s experience. This way we hope to offer a helping hand from our committee to the outside parties and to help in connecting the participators, not only ambition-wise but also emotionally and psychologically during the current ongoing pandemic.
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