It’s over. Go home.

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!

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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.

8 comments

  1. bc_eagle1 · ·

    Nice Bueller reference. I get it. I don’t share exactly the same sentiment because I don’t plan to use social media in the same way. It was definitely a good intro and good habits of posting and paying attention to thought leaders is helpful.

  2. mmerckbc · ·

    Great post Colleen! As an undergrad, one of my favorite parts was having the opportunity to learn from the grad students. I was definitely nervous at first that my contributions wouldn’t measure up to those in class who have years of experience in the workforce, but eventually realized (like you pointed out) that we all have interesting perspectives to share! Best of luck!

  3. kylepdonley · ·

    Colleen, I have to say I’ve noticed and enjoyed a lot of the content you have contributed to the class over the semester. Thanks for sharing your views and for letting me learn from you. As a full-time MBA and full-time member of the workforce I can definitely relate to missing that sweet sweet summer break. I’m afraid I took them for granted. I still don’t think I look forward to checking Twitter or other social media, so the class didn’t have that effect on me, but I have learned to be a little less pessimistic about it (if still very sceptical!) and how to talk about it on a more intellectual level. Feel free to hit us up for alumni cash during dinner anytime, but if there is one thing to take away from this class it’s that you’ll probably have better luck with a response if you send us a Snapchat!

  4. NeroC1337 · ·

    I really love your point about this class mixed with Undergrad and Grad students. For me, as a undergrad, I definitely learned a lot from the answers, presentations from the grad students. As you guys have experienced the real-work space, you guys always provide many great insights and different perspectives that I would never have thought before. I definitely love this Undergrad-Grad class settings.

  5. katietisinger · ·

    As with all of your blogs this semester, I loved this! Love your point about the unique experiences we each brought to class that shaped how we tweeted, blogged, and participated in class. I think that was my favorite part of the class and kept me engaged all semester. Congrats on finishing up your MBA!

  6. phanauer1 · ·

    Great blog post! I also really enjoyed being in class with grad students so I’m glad to hear that you all enjoyed having us around too! I shared a lot of similar feelings about the content of the class and the online engagement – all of the factors made me much more involved in the class and I contributed much more than I normally do.

  7. Lucy Wilson · ·

    Great post, Colleen!! As others have already mentioned, I found the mix of undergraduate students and graduate students to be particularly valuable. Something I wasn’t expecting from the course, though, was the variance in perspectives in students of the same age / grade. Often times, when we discussed the creepy cool line, as you brought up, I would find myself disagreeing with another undergrad’s opinion. Experiencing that has made me realize how much our personal preferences and upbringing influence our opinions of technology…as well as our age!!

  8. Addison LeBeau · ·

    Great post! Haha, I loved hearing about your apprehension in having class with underclassmen – I can only imagine all the MBA students felt the same. On the flip side, I was suspicious the MBA students would have a bit more of an outdated view of social media – but I was wrong! I found that the MBA students were just as up-to-date as I was and actually had a better analytical perspective. I completely agree that the mix in class age and material led to great discussions and fresh perspectives, I’ll miss our class conversations! Well done.

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