ISYS6621: There and Back Again


In a classroom 195S Stokes, there lived a Kane, and a class to be taught.

This class I have heard is much like an adventure, although hopefully not one that involves in slaying a dragon. Bad fantasy analogies aside, I’m hoping that this class is able to change me much in the way my beloved Bilbo changed throughout his long journey. While I may not be Professor Kane is not quite as cool as Gandalf, I do hope he will serve in a similar mentor role that enables me to see a side of the world I have yet to explore. In truth I’m not much of a “tech-y”  and most of my experience with technology belongs to the thousands of hours my friends and I put into Super Smash Bros. Brawl (1v1 me, you’ll lose), but it is my most basic of hopes that this class makes me tech competent.


I have always been fascinated with the power and ever changing landscape of technology. I have several friends here who are going into tech related fields such as software engineering and computer science, and while I don’t expect to be anywhere near their level of expertise I hope to be able to hold a colloquial conversation with them regarding certain industry trends. I’d also love to pretend to be able to know what I’m talking about with regards to crypto, which seems to be everyones current favorite bar conversation. Personally, it seems to me that I know plenty of smart people invested in crypto and swear by it but I’m doubtful because every kid who tried to make it as a sound-cloud rapper in high school says the same thing.


So it would be really, really nice to find out how crypto works and how the heck to invest in it.

To give a bit of insight into my own life, I am a senior set to graduate in May who studies both marketing and psychology. The two have worked hand and hand in order to help me get a comprehensive grasp on the consumer side of marketing and to help me more easily determine what the consumer is looking for. Marketing, as most fields currently are, is making a strong push digitally currently and while my analytic skills are decent (hello Excel and my personal favorite 1970’s software, SPSS) I just don’t know if I have the technical skills to begin working with digital full time. I’m close, and do have experience with Google Analytics as well as AdSense and AdWords, but I’m really hoping this class will help push me from novice to competent, particularly with these tools. Also I’m hoping to learn a few more researching techniques from Professor Kane and his colleagues, as I currently enjoy my job here as a research assistant and do not want to abandon that aspect of my life following graduation.

I know this class won’t be easy, but four years at BC has certainly taught me the work-hard play-hard mentality and has made me fall in love with the benefits of it.200-6

As a parting note I’d love to show you all an old picture of me that helps show-off my old luscious locks, unhealthy love of fantasy and of course, my amateur photoshop skills.

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….In fairness I said amateur.



  1. thebobbystroup · ·

    To be honest, you hooked me with the title of the article. I’m not entirely convinced you could beat me in Brawl, but maybe we can put that to the test some time. Who is your go-to character?

    Also, I think you’ve probably set yourself up well for some sort of marketing research role with your psych/mktng degrees.

    1. profgarbusm · ·

      Diddy kong!
      1v1 3 stock final d.

  2. Man, if this is your OPENING blogpost, I’m looking forward to seeing what you come up with going forward. Nice, creative, start!

    1. profgarbusm · ·

      Thank you professor!

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