This blog post is in some ways the easiest and in some ways the hardest blog post I’ve had to write all semester. It’s easier because we’ve been given a direction and a topic so I don’t need to spend all day asking my friends for suggestions on what to write about. It’s harder because I’m bad at reflecting, and seeing the massive amount of others’ blog posts come through on the same topic is kind of overwhelming and not making it easier to sort out what I really want to say and focus my reflection on.
When I quickly hit writers block, I continued my trend when it comes to these blog posts and asked my roommate what to write about. She started asking me questions about what my favorite thing was that we talked about or what my biggest take aways were from the class. Both of those questions proved very difficult for me to answer for a couple of reasons – we talked about a lot of really interesting things, and while I enjoyed all of them, I don’t feel like one topic really stuck out as the one having the largest impact on me. Maybe this is because everything was cool and impactful, but my concern is that I wasn’t active enough for something to directly strike a chord in me. I don’t usually participate heavily in classes, so my amount of participation feels pretty solid relative to my usual performance, but because so much of this class is discussion based, I can’t help but look back and think that I could have done more to get more out of it.
In no other classes in college have I sat next to graduate students of all ages, discussing the things in the news and how that actually impacts ourselves and our peers. In no other class in college has the curriculum been largely based in what we want to talk about and not about what’s going to be covered on the test. In no other class in college have I actually done the readings and prep work actively and attentively because in no other class in college has it actually been consistently interesting.
Especially as a second semester senior, I’m really glad I took this class. I think it’s very different but in a refreshing way. This has been one of my favorite classes in college and I’m glad I got to take it at all, but if my specific take away is that I could have done more, I hope that I use that going forward. I need to take more action and be more attentive to how I can be doing the way I may not have done in this class. Even so, IS6621 made me think about having these kinds of conversations and I really hope to continue to learn interesting things about changing technologies and the way that people use them. In any case, this has been a great class, I really enjoyed it all, and I will miss it when it’s over.