And Now My Watch Has Ended

Before I started writing this, I took a look back at my past blog posts. To recap, the topics were a bit far ranging. The first was about Super Bowl commercials, and included me talking about dogs and beer. The second was about profiling and featured one of my most recent binge-watch obsessions on Netflix. The third was on Apple TV, and the fourth and final was about sharks. Well, I can honestly say that I have never had a class where I could write about such disparate subjects, and actually have them relate to the class (at least I hope they did). As a second semester senior and after taking so many classes that I didn’t really want to take but that I had to count for one of the core, I was so happy to take a class that allowed me to write about topics that genuinely interested me, as well as read and listen to so many topics that I never would have even thought of researching about myself and learning more than I ever could have in a traditional class. One of the biggest takeaways I have had in this class is that technology is in everything (and when I say everything, that includes chicken farming-who knew). From serious topics like social media blackouts and Netflix’s racism/sexism problem, to topics like tattoos, Coachella, and yes, even sharks, this semester has had it all (and those are only blog topics from this month), and technology has been the thread that somehow connects them all, which I found pretty amazing.

And the way that I learned about most of these new and changing industries, products, services, and phenomenon? Through my classmates! No offense to Professor Kane of course (who is obviously a vital part of this class), but he is only one person, and I was so happy that I got the opportunity to learn from all 33 of you guys. This was also the first class that I have had the pleasure of having grad students in my class, and I thought the different perspectives of my fellow undergrads mixed with the real-life experiences of people who have actually been in the work force for many years beyond just a summer internship was incredibly valuable. I think we helped each other a lot, and illustrated that you in no way have to be in the exact same point in your life to relate to others and use technology in the same or a similar way. It was also helpful to tell exactly how much Professor Kane was dating himself when he used a reference even the grad students didn’t understand. 

Professor Kane has said multiple times that “everything I teach you in this class will be obsolete in a few years” and I think that this is both a true and a false statement. Yes, the information and the tech will itself will continue to move at lightening speeds much faster than most of us can keep up with (which is scary, but I think we’ve touched on the negative/creepy/truly terrifying side of tech enough for the year at this point). But this class was way more than learning information about block chain and the inner-workings of artificial intelligence. It taught a way of thinking and really opened my eyes to so much about how the world around me is changing and how I need to be ready to change, adapt, and always keep learning, which is not anything that I will soon forget.

As someone who is about to graduate in 20 short days (horrifying) and enter the full-time workforce just a short 8 days later (again, yikes), I am really happy that I had the opportunity to take this class. Goodbye forever everyone, you’re all good men (and women). But also see you in class on Wednesday.

5 comments

  1. Olivia Crowley · ·

    I definitely agree with you that I have never had a class where I could write about such disparate subjects. To add to that, I’ve never been to a class week after week where I can honestly say I had absolutely zero idea what would be presented by my classmates that day–and that is what made class so enjoyable for me. The notion of choosing to write about and present on topics that genuinely interest us seems so simple, yet I agree that it is actually quite rare in our curriculum. After having finally completed a full semester in which we were actually allowed to do so was quite liberating. I am glad, however, that I did take this course during my final semester senior year, because it has made me incredibly excited to enter the tech/business world, as I have now seen all of the exciting opportunities it holds.

  2. Hey, I’m the first one to say that we’re here to learn from each other. The only benefit that I bring (I mean, other than a Ph.D. and a bunch of research), is the privilege of having taught this class for nearly 10 years. I always learn far more than I teach! It’s a great experience for me too, and I’m glad that you were a part of it!

  3. Jaclin Murphy · ·

    I think most CSOM students would agree that it is shocking when a professor gives you free range. Due to the nature of learning the basics of business, there is not a lot of from for free thought or opinions, etc. Like how to you branch out creatively with accounting. So needless to say this class was refreshing in the sense that I could pick things that I actually wanted to spend time thinking and reading about. Also cheers to us all teaching each other something new!!

  4. merrimju · ·

    So first off- again great title! Football to Netflix to sharks really is quite a range and I agree that was the joy of this class. Rather than learning over and over again about Porter’s 5 forces, actually choosing our educational path was great.

  5. matturally · ·

    Shameless Ph.d. plug by ProfKane…

    Your shark presentation was probably one of the most random, and therefore interesting, presentations we had this semester. Like you said, such different topics and everyone talking about things that interested them led to some odd subjects.

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