Things you should know: I love using Twitter, I only read blogs to get recipes, and my dad has a Snapchat (and an Instagram, and a Twitter) which immediately makes me rethink everything I put on social media even at age 28. And to be fair, he was my first follower on my new twitter handle for class so if @elmstdad starts tweeting at you…you’re welcome?
All joking aside, I have been wanting to take this class throughout my time in the MBA program. Professor Kane is widely discussed among my peers when talk of faculty occurs, and he lived up to the “first class” hype that scares students away. Additionally, I graduated with a degree in Communication and have found myself trying new media and tech as an fast follower, and think the changing landscape is fascinating.
And then there is my career as a fundraiser. Which has nothing to do with tech because we sit wildly in the past.
I work in Boston College’s development office, which for non-higher education folks, that means that I raise money for the University through conversations with alumni, parents, and friends. I am that phone call during dinner, that mailer you threw in the recycling, and the topic of many an annoyed Facebook post on “how can they not realize that I’m still paying loans for the next 100 years!”.
It’s okay. I’ve accepted my fate as a soap-box-advocate for philanthropy. But as it relates to emerging technology? We sit firmly in the “If it ain’t’ broke, don’t fix it” camp. We’ve made strides. But our giving websites are barely mobile friendly, we jumped on the Giving Tuesday bandwagon two years ago, we struggle to accept credit card gifts at events so don’t even ask about Square, Venmo, ApplePay, and any other new tech.
So what am I hoping for with this class? To take all of the knowledge on emerging tech, and show the industry I’m in what we can do with it. I’m excited to present next week on Crowdfunding Philanthropy, because we all know you’ve seen and ignored those Go Fund Me pages for your friend’s neighbor’s sister’s dog who needs medicine for his dog acne. And from there, hopefully I can convince those around me that there’s nothing wrong with trying something new, and blame it’s failure on Millennials.
Lastly, I’m super interested to see how my work ethic pulls out on a course that needs consistent attention to the deliverables, and not just some reading and intense studying in May. I like the idea, but is anyone else feeling like it’s a true test of my commitment to my education?