Here we go. Last one.
I CANNOT believe that it’s December and my last fall semester is basically over. Usually, I feel like Dwight in this gif at the end of a semester. But, as a senior, I’m feeling a lot like this Pam right now.
This semester coming to a close and winter break means New Years, which means we will be entering the year that I thought would never come and one that I don’t feel ready for. Becoming completely independent, working full time and being a real human means lots of change coming in 2018…. I just hope my job after school is as entertaining as The Office…Enjoy the Office themed memes.
Final thoughts on this course. Okay, mmhm. I have been thinking about this blog and it has actually taken me a lot more time than I hoped. I guess I’m in denial about this semester being over. But here’s my stab at it. I took this CSOM class to challenge myself, build my skills, and learn how to dominate social media. This class didn’t necessarily teach me all of those hard skills. We didn’t have a “lecture” on how to build a social media marketing plan or how to directly incorporate social media into a business plan. But, I gained skills from this course- not the kind that I will remember for an exam then forget the next day, but skills that will stay with me for a very long time. They will help me in my professional career, as an informed citizen and participant in today’s dynamic, digital society. And I am very grateful that this class went above and beyond my expectations.
In my first blog, I talked all about how the balance of the benefits and disadvantages social media has on our lives. Surprising to me, I highlight the cons much more than the pros of social media. This is quite a negative outlook on social media, which I feel isn’t at all how I feel about the matter. There will always be cons to anything we do, but overall social media is pretty incredible. It is efficient, powerful, empowering, etc. etc. And although I hate seeing those photos of all of our roommates sitting by each other, yet on their phones, I think we gain a lot more from social media than it hurts us. I embarrassed myself in class the other day when I brought up Professor Kane’s image of the men on the train with their newspapers… well, OBVIOUSLY it has stuck with me and I truly think that social media is just changing how we have always been yet it empowers us to be faster, more connected, efficient, smarter, etc. (Here’s that photo, thanks for dealing with me making a fool of myself!)
I will a miss a lot of aspects of this course. To start, my favorite part of this course is how informed I am. This course gave me incentive to do so but also gave me a desire to do it for myself. It was awesome to be able to call my parents or talk to my roommates and be the first to know something for once. It is empowering to understand what was going on with the gorillas, heroes, and major companies that are dominating today. And you feel like a boss, maybe even Beyonce in business happenings.
And although I will not be tweeting anymore, I will still use Twitter and continue searching for the hashtag #IS6621 because it has had such a positive impact on my daily knowledge, that I will not be giving it up. Is it weird to follow the next students of ISYS6621? If it is, I don’t care. I’m gonna do it.
Before this class, I hated Twitter. But now, I have a new-found appreciation for Twitter. I know that I will use it for a first stop of news, especially business news, to stay current on acquisitions, industry changes, and how social media is disrupting all of these industries. I mean, come on, the amount of times Amazon was brought to our #D discussions, you have to keep up!
Now, while this class made me a more informed social media user, I don’t think that my position on the creepy vs. cool line has really changed. I am the user that freaks out for maybe a week because everyone is talking about it, then loving that new feature, design, etc. I know that there are a lot of privacy issues that people are terrified of, but it doesn’t scare me as much as it should.
I don’t have too much to hide, as long as it doesn’t hurt or expose me to dangers then I have no problem sharing my data to be honest. If technology improves our way of living, I am all about it. Keep the robots coming- BUT don’t make them citizens. That’s one of them that I actually won’t budge on.
And so, as we, the Class of 2018, head into the “real world,” social media and digitization is the route and future of any industry we dive into. I believe that this course and the discussions we had have been the most interesting and beneficial to me in my BC career. I will truly miss this course and our conversations. Laughing about some things, being weary of others, and debating back and forth. This class is definitely one of my favorites! So, thank you Professor Kane and to our class!