14 weeks ago, I reluctantly dragged my feet all the way from a long day at my internship downtown to our first IS6621 class. If truth be told, I was not entirely thrilled about the idea of sitting in a 2-hour class. I had no idea what I was getting myself into, but I can confidently say that my mind was changed within 10 minutes of being in class.
As I sit here, thinking back on the semester, I can’t help but feel slightly incomplete. I started off the semester unsure of my feelings about social media. I knew that I loved it, but I also knew that it seemed to be encroaching into aspects of our lives where maybe alternate communication methods would be more appropriate. I started off the semester with the question: how much is too much? I had thought I would be able to answer this question by now. I was naïve enough to think that there was an answer, that if I learned enough about the benefits and detriments of social media I would be able to understand that perfect balance. Wrong.
I have even more questions about social media today than I did back in January. I have never been in a class where I have learned such a diverse range of topics in such a short amount of time. In one class, we could talk about needing more social media in our lives, needing less social media in our lives, psychology, how Facebook will take over the world, cyber bullying, Oreos, live video streaming, managing a company, and JetBlue. Yet, I feel as if we only scratched the surface. I am not going to attempt to choose # number of takeaways from the class, I personally would not be able to narrow it down. One thing that I hope moving forward is that social media and technology continue to help start and foster conversations, just like it did in our class. I hope that I can continue to take information and media that I find online, and use it to start conversations and use it as inspiration to keep up my curiosity.
I suppose this is a theme that could be applied to my entire time at BC. 4 years ago, I thought college would be the place where I figured out what I wanted to do with my life. I thought college would help me find all the answers and point me in the right direction right when I step off campus after graduation, almost like a magical compass. I was wrong again. I know more about myself now than I did 4 years ago, but I still have so many questions. Nevertheless, BC and all of my classes have taught me that continuous growth and learning will happen throughout my life. However, I will need to be more proactive about this learning. For the first time, I won’t be in an institution with teachers and faculty dedicated to my learning, whether I like it or not. I’ll need to take the initiative on my own, which is where social media comes in. Between the Internet and the people I surround myself with, I think I have the solid foundation to continue learning and continue the daunting task of figuring out my life.
The fact that today marks my last day of classes at BC has me feeling very nostalgic. So, I think I will take this time to say thank you. Thank you to our Social Media for Managers class. Thank you to Prof Kane. Thank you to all of my classmates. You have all taught me so much and it is extremely inspiring to hear about what you are passionate about. You’ve also given me a skewed view of social media, because if everyone in the world were as thoughtful and conscious as you guys, the Internet would be a much better place.