Thank You Notes

One of my favorite portions of Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show is his Thank You notes semgent. He somehow incorporates very real reasons to be thankful with a twist of humor. My last blog post is a series of thank you notes to everyone and everything that made it memorable and worthwhile to be a part of IS6621. 

Thank You, Twitter

When it came to social media, I liked to embellish how advanced I was. The falsity of this only became apparent when I started tweeting for this class. I littered my personal Twitter with statements of how I was feeling that day or completely random thoughts with an occasional hashtag. IS6621 taught me that real Twitter engagement could be rewarding, and also pretty addicting. I will miss the weekly interaction with my classmates, but I plan on continuing to use Twitter for my new realization of how it’s made a difference in my life. It’s become a great option for a news source for me, and I hope to continue this trend. In true Jimmy Fallon thank-you note fashion, thank you, Twitter, for your limited character typing space that prevents me from going on rants. 

Thank You, WordPress

My first blog on class expectations was mostly focused on the blogging portion of the class. I can’t tell you how many jobs I’ve recently applied to that support the use of WordPress. Even LinkedIn has matched me up to positions that have WordPress as one of the desired skills for companies. I’d have to say using WordPress was one of my favorite parts of the course. It gave me a chance to research so many topics and effects of technology. I was so surprised at how creative my classmates were as well. It was never “work” to read other student’s blogs because I was always excited to see what they would bring to the table. I got the opportunity to write about my interests, and I even got a tweet back from my role model, Ginger Zee, after posting my blog on Twitter! So, thank you, WordPress, for becoming a blueprint of my curiosity. 

Thank You, Professor Kane

Being promised in our very first class that we’d be in for a much different class experience than we’ve ever gone through is something I won’t forget any time soon. Filling a 7-9:30 pm class timeslot is not easy to do. Somehow, I’ve never been more awake in a class! I learned more than I thought I could, especially on a topic that I mistakenly thought I’d already been adept at. From blockchain to AI to digital fallacies, I feel prepared and excited to continue these conversations. Thank you, Professor Kane, for genuinely caring about our class and giving us the tools to move forward with new perspectives. 

Thank You, Peers

We’ve had a lot of opportunities this semester to interact with our peers. Whether we’re commenting on each other’s blogs, tweets, discussing as a class or in small groups, we’ve gotten to know one another better than most classes do. The only way a classroom model of this sort works is for everyone to participate. My interactions with everyone in this class have been incredibly refreshing. Thank you, peers, for your enthusiasm and delicious choice of snacks throughout the semester.  

Thank You, Snack Time

I can only speak for myself, but snack time was my savior. Having worked in the early afternoons, then going straight to class for five hours at night was not the easiest schedule as far as eating meals is concerned. People were so generous in snack choices, from pizza to chips and guacamole to delicious homemade sweets. Thank you, snack time, for giving me the fuel I needed to make it through my long Wednesdays! 

While this is the end of class, the end of my MBA program at Boston College, and the end of my blog post, it is just the beginning of digital technology. I’m excited to see the transformations for years to come, and I’ll make sure to pass along the idea of the creepy-cool line. Thank You!

10 comments

  1. MiriamPBourke · ·

    Mel, I really love this idea! I feel like I should definitely start using it in my day to day! I couldn’t agree more with all of your Thank Yous, especially to our peers. The conversations that we had in class are what kept me engaged throughout and I loved the uniquely personal presentation and blog topics that everybody shared with the class. I learned so much from this class because of our classmates!!

  2. debhan10 · ·

    Very clever and well written blog! I agree with Miriam, I really loved your idea of using Jimmy Fallon’s Thank You notes segment. You did a great job of capturing every good element that this class brought to the table. I’m even starting to feel a bit sentimental. This class definitely showed me the potential of Twitter and how useful/educational it can be, and I too plan on continuing to use it outside of class. Oh, and thanks for reminding me to add WordPress onto my set of skills on LinkedIn!

  3. jlrose03 · ·

    Such a great idea! You used humor, Jimmy Fallon and applied the class concepts in a creative way. I can tell how much fun and how much you enjoyed this class based on your blogs, tweets and discussion outside of class. Thank you for being part of this social media soiree :)

  4. Nice finale. Thank you to all the peers who helped make this a great class. I’m pretty amazed at how this formula for engagement works over and over again. I can honestly say after teaching this class for nearly a decade, I’ve never been disappointed at the end result, despite the very open-ended nature of things.

  5. csaitta4 · ·

    Love the Thank You Note format – I love Jimmy Fallon, so it was very entertaining for me! Loved your note to our peers and snack time, those were some of my favorite parts of the class too! I loved learning about topics that classmates are passionate about, as well as their taste in snacks

  6. merrimju · ·

    Great parody choice with Jimmy Fallons segment! It also felt a bit like Marie Kondo (my topic-shhh). I totally agree with your first statement, I thought I was a social media genioussss before this class- now 56 tweets later I still don’t know why some of my hashtags works and others don’t lol. Also yes to snack time and I didn’t even think to add WordPress to a list of skills- so THANK YOU Melissa for helping my resume ;)

  7. cgriffith418 · ·

    Such a fun format! I’ve got one — Thank you, Grad Students! I’m sure I speak for all the undergrads when I say it was really great to hear your perspectives in class. I loved how so many consistently tied what we were learning into your real-life work; it made me feel like what were learning in class was really going to be applicable when I get out into the full-time work-force. You’re also all fun and cool, so you showed us life doesn’t end after undergrad!

  8. kgcorrigan · ·

    This was written in such a great format! Your thank yous are a really nice way to wrap up the course and hit all of the highlights. I agree with you that it never felt like work to read other blogs because there was so much creativity there. Also, I didn’t think to add WordPress to my skills after this class, so thank you for that tip!

  9. kateu19 · ·

    Love this! You did a great job pinpointing all of the great aspects of this class – it’s been an awesome semester. And thank you, Melissa, for being such a great part of the class – you’ve always contributed really interested conversation topics and blog posts. I’m very happy to hear that Ginger Zee noticed your tweet!

  10. This was such a fun way to go about the final post for this class! Before I start, I’m going to follow suit of several other commenters and say thank you to you for pointing out WordPress and LinkedIn together, this never even crossed my mind as something to add to my profile. These thank you notes were really spot on in touching on the real highlights of this class (especially snack time). Other than the snacks, I think the thank you that stood out to me the most was your thank you to your peers. This is one of the only classes I’ve ever taken where peer to peer interaction was such a major focus. I honestly wish that more classes incorporated this into them because I think it adds so much value to the topics and discussions.

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