Reflection is hard

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.

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4 comments

  1. Great job reflecting Paige! I sometimes feel like with each passing day at BC I find myself in “discernment” much more that my former life. It’s always important to look back and reflect in order to move forward.

    I mentioned it in my post but I do agree that the interesting conversation made me want to prepare for class as well! It’s not just drudging through another case study to gain a participation point – it was, “what do I actually believe in and what is my perspective on this” so I could share in the lively class discussions. A skill that I am sure we will all benefit from in life!

    Great post and good luck next year!

  2. Great post, Paige! Reflection is hard indeed, and as someone who reflects often, I have only gotten used to it after doing it constantly. In fact, it is a great tool to have whenever you face a challenge or fall from a failure and get up again to come up with a takeaway even if the situation you were in was utterly dreadful. In that sense, you have actually done well, where you were able to figure out where you could have improved and make up a mind to work on it in the future. That’s all it is!

    My biggest takeaway from the course was building a “constant-learning” mindset, where we will face constant changes that tech will influence in a variety of settings. Constant adaptation and reflection on where we can improve and learn are must-have to succeed in the coming future where every aspect of our work or expertise can be threatened by tech development. I hope you keep cultivating your constant-learning mindset and thrive in the next destination you head in the future! Cheers to graduation :(

  3. Reflection is indeed hard (as of this comment I have yet to do the assignment). It’s nice of your roommate to help you with it. I share the same sentiments regarding this class. I too never had a class where “the curriculum been largely based in what we want to talk about.” There was so many ways to do it too. We tweeted things that we chose learn. We blogged about things we chose to learn. We presented on things that we chose to learn. Of course we had topics of each class session but it was truly what you made of it. Sometimes the choice was hard to deal with. Finding a blog topic was sometimes a mad panic on the day that it is due. But ultimately I think it contributed the constant learning mindset that Prof Kane was trying to get us in the entire time. Great post!

  4. I’ve read a couple of the reflection posts so far and I like that yours was different than the rest. You took an approach that reflected on yourself and how you’re going to take this class as a lesson to be more active in the future. There’s great value in knowing that now you know what you have to do next time! I agree that this class has been consistently interesting and that we’ve covered so much that its hard to pick what you liked. The topics covered so many things that each one could be a favorite for different reasons.

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