The time has come for my last blog post. It is a refreshing and somewhat saddening feeling. I am glad to be one step closer to completing my MBA, but I will miss the rich discussions that were brought up in class, tweets, and blogposts. I will also miss the various snacks that were available at break. By the way, the best snack was the tortilla chips and guacamole from El Pelon. Can every course adopt this amazing ritual!?
Anyways, I clearly remember the first day of class when Prof. Kane read us the riot act. In short,
- This class will be demanding and different from any other class you have taken.
- This class is highly interactive and you will engage in content through multiple platforms.
- I expect that you will be overwhelmed and confused for the first month!
Once the riot act was finished, he reiterated his warning so that his words really set in. I remember that Prof. Kane tried to insert humor into his speech with little reaction from us. I think we were too stunned to have a sense of humor at that point. I admit that after the first day of class I spent some time thinking if I wanted to drop the course and perused through my options on Agora. I kept thinking about his warning and my current perspective of social media. I was somewhat disappointed by social media because of the election. I deleted my FB account and was thinking about taking a break from social media in general. Instead, I stayed, downloaded Twitter, wrote my first tweet, began following various tech and social media accounts, and fully committed to experiencing a new learning environment. I am glad that I stayed. Below I will write about my final thoughts on this class and some takeaways.
I believe the most beneficial aspect of this class was the reading and writing the blogposts. Throughout the semester, my fellow classmates writing ability, creativity, and humor has continually impressed me. Not only were the blogposts extremely informative, but very interesting to read. Throughout my MBA and past masters, reading peer papers was boring and repetitive. My experience from this class was the complete opposite. I believe the differentiating factor is the platform and the freedom in choice of topic that was given to the writer. In past courses, students are constricted to writing on specific topics. Professors have required formatting and writing styles. My experience writing blogposts was much more enjoyable. I was able to research something I was truly interested in and then write in a casual, fun, but informative manner. I feel that many other students did this as well. This is what made reading blogposts entertaining. In addition, I was able to learn about a wide range of topics from the social media business of Hamilton to the future AR use in digital commerce. Ultimately, this class has bolstered the respect that I have for BC undergrads and graduates. Furthermore, writing the blogposts has reignited my interest in creative writing. I have not been able to write in this manner in a long time and miss being able to write more freely. I feel will I start writing my own blog when I finish my last MBA course in the fall.
In my first blogpost, I talked about my complicated relationship with social media. As a former school counselor, I saw what could happen when children are exploited to social media at a young age. Additionally, I wrote about how the proliferation of fake news through various social media platforms made me frustrated and concerned for the future of politics. This class allowed me to explore those frustrations and challenge my feelings. To challenge my negative opinion of social media in schools, I researched social media platforms that are have positive of effects on student’s lives. The research allowed me to see the benefits of social media in schools and explore platforms that have positively change schools. I was able to even to share the information from my research to colleagues and school counselors and social workers who I currently manage. Similarly, I conducted research on fake news to gain a better understanding of the motivation for creating it. I was surprised to find out how lucrative the business was and how it created a means to escape poverty in Macedonia. Although, I am still frustrated in the creation of fake news, I felt relieved that the sole purpose of creating fake news was not only to sway people’s opinions. I am thankful that this class has allowed me to challenge my opinions that I have and change them for the better.
In closing, thanks to Prof. Kane for creating a new innovative classroom environment and thanks to my fellow classmates for providing informative, rich, and humorous discussions. Good luck to those who are graduating!