It happens every year for me. January, February, March – they DRAG on. They all of a sudden – it’s May. The end of the school year at BC is especially busy for those of us that work here, Commencement, Reunion Weekend, and in my case, a summer of events for alumni, parents, and friends. But here we are!
This class was certainly a surprise. Undergrads? In class? How could I. Finishing up my third year in the part-time MBA program, I feel ANCIENT having class with juniors and seniors. But man, did I really enjoy it. The wide range of perspectives you get from undergrads, newly graduated, and a couple of us a few extra years out, it gave such a great range of opinions, viewpoints, and thought processes.
Having to participate every week online and in class makes you more engaged. It forces you to pay attention, and read, and tweet, and read more than the 3 required blog posts. Or at least it did for me. And I really enjoyed seeing what was current and important to everyone in class and how our experiences might have affected the way we are looking at the same topic. I was completely unsure if I would be able to keep up with the tweets, but I found myself looking forward to seeing what everyone was posting.
Emerging tech is constantly changing. Even just being out of college for 7 years I can see the differences in how opinions are shaped about social media, about online privacy, about the future of jobs. I now need to find some friends to constantly question the creepy-cool line!
Lastly, a shout out to Professor Kane. I have had no class like this in my 4 years of undergrad elsewhere and my three years in the MBA program here at BC. I know my classmates better, I know the materials better, and even though I feel if I never see another TedTalk again it will be too soon, the variety of learning modules from tweets to videos to blogs, it really helped me engage and stay engaged all semester.
Good luck to all the undergrads – yes you will get jobs, no you won’t be without obstacles or failures, and yes, I will call you during dinner to ask for money (support the next generation of Eagles!). But you will succeed in the real world! Until technology takes your job.