Five semesters, two and a half years, eighteen email exchanges, and many unlucky pick times later, I finally secured a spot in this highly demanded class. It’s about time. This was literally my face after I was notified about my override into the class:
The strenuous journey began back in the fall semester of my sophomore year, when two of my friends were somehow lucky enough to get into the class and couldn’t stop sharing about how cool it was. Take it as you will, but social media has always been a huge part of my life. Ever since I made my first AOL and Facebook account in the fifth grade, I was hooked. I loved the fact that I was able to connect with so many people, both familiar and unfamiliar. Two years later, I made my first Tumblr account and received so much inspiration from others. As I grew older, however, I was able to see countless pros and cons that left me in this love/hate relationship with social media. Nonetheless, I was absolutely sold on the idea of actually being able to take a college course on it, and I was determined to get in. Well, good things surely do happen to those who wait.
But if I’m being honest, I may or may not have had a small panic attack during our first class. Blockchain? Artificial Intelligence? Cryptocurrency? What did I just get myself into?!
As someone who considers herself a social media fanatic, I realize that my view on social media, digital business, and technology was incredibly limited. When I think of anything digital, I immediately resort to things like Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, and most importantly, GIFs. And even when it comes to those apps that I use on a daily basis, I realize that I simply take those apps at face value without truly understanding the technology behind it, as well as its impact on society. At my internship last summer, terms like ‘blockchain’ and ‘artificial intelligence’ were always being tossed around, but I found it so overwhelming that I chose to turn the other cheek and ignore it as if it didn’t affect my life, simply because there was so much I didn’t know. Technology can be a scary thing sometimes because there’s just so much to it, and I guess that’s why I freaked out.
Things can only go up from here.
It wasn’t until Professor Kane mentioned that we would have designated snack times that I was able to calm myself down and realize what a great opportunity this was. (Just kidding). It wasn’t until the end of the class when I thought to myself, ‘This may actually be good for me.’ All things aside, whether I choose to ignore it or not, technology plays an extraordinary role in our society and modern businesses today, and it will only continue to play a bigger role as we become more advanced. The way I see it is that it’s my job as a millennial to do my due diligence in order to keep up with the ever-evolving world of technology, or else I would get left behind. I know that this class is going to significantly challenge me to dive into the world of digital technology with a new perspective, learn to embrace the unknown, expand my interest in topics I’ve never explored before, strengthen my communication and analytical skills, and perhaps even give me a better sense of what I want to do with my life. After all, this is pretty much how I currently feel:
I’m excited for what’s in store for this class. Now that I’m a second semester senior, I’m pretty much fed up with traditional CSOM classes, and I’m ready for a change of pace. It’s unlike any other class I’ve taken before, and I very much appreciate the high level of autonomy and peer-to-peer interaction that this course demands. I believe that there is something really powerful about collaboration and the sharing of various insights among peers. I’m already having so much fun writing this blog post and reading through other people’s tweets and posts. I look forward to getting more plugged in to the realm of emerging technologies, and learning not only about its implications, but also applying it to my own personal and professional life post-grad.
Till then, the countdown begins until our next class…