When asked what her favorite type of content to create is, Sanders shared her love for making people laugh. On TikTok, Sanders has the opportunity to make over 142,900 followers laugh.
“I really enjoy making comedies. That’s initially what I blew up doing. I also love filming story times and my fit checks,” she said.
Madi Kiper, a junior in the Bandier program, has a love for laughs in common with Sanders. Kiper (@madikiper on TikTok) originally downloaded the app as a joke and now has 14.8k followers. While she stayed at the Sheraton, Kiper made several videos making fun of the quarantine experience at the Syracuse hotel. Kiper claimed to make more TikToks during quarantine. She even keeps a journal by her bed to write down ideas and look them over in the morning.
Although videos last from fifteen seconds to a minute, good TikToks take creativity and sometimes a lot of planning. Freshman political science major Ejay Ramos, like many other creators, outlines his videos, planning out what song to use and the timing of transitions. Ramos has a small following (@musicboom21), but enjoys using the platform as a new user.
“It just made me happy, and I felt like it was a fun space for me to do stuff, and it was a great distraction for me.”
Ramos said he enjoys making Syracuse based TikToks.
“My favorite Syracuse [TikTok] would probably be me moving in. I think it was the first day of quarantine. It was me showing what my dorm looked like and my dorm transformation,” Ramos said.
The majority of Ramos’s TikToks focus on managing a move to college. Also, as a previous Hollister ambassador, Ramos wants to show people what his job entailed and help others achieve similar goals.
Kiper also strives to use her platform positively. She linked an “issues in the world” carrd in her Instagram bio.
“If I can spread information or help people get informed on really important issues in the world, I want to. I think it’s really important,” Kiper said.