Hey, Hey, Hey Goodbye

Wow. This semester was a weird one. Underloading with 4 once-a-week classes, 3 of them starting at 6 pm or later really shakes up your day to day life. Hello free time.

My friends often get annoyed when I complain about having almost too much free time, which makes me antsy and scatter brained not knowing where to put my focus at any point. However, I was lucky enough to take awesome classes this semester all of which seemed to focus on repeated small activities and assignments rather than a few big midterms and papers. To my friends dismay, I had one midterm/test the entire semester and have no sit down finals next week….still not sure how I did it. But while they judge me for my constant blogging and tweeting, I’ve had more fun doing homework this semester than any other because of the teaching styles of the classes I’ve had. Where a big week for someone else is two tests, a 10 page paper and a presentation, most of my biggest weeks consisted of blogging for this class and writing a 700 word paper on the best experience I’ve had with food for my thursday night food writing class. If you’re not a senior and have more semesters at BC I highly recommend – you get to do taste tests in class and go on a field trip to El Pelon.

So yes, I had about the best schedule and arrangement of classes you could manage pretty much by accident. Like I said in my initial thoughts blog I switched my schedule about 4 times during the first week of classes, not placing myself in our class during pick times because I didn’t want to take a 3rd night class. This forced me to try to overload in (which I was able to obviously, thank God) and boy am I happy that I did.

Even though we knew the general twitter topics for the night, the discussion always divulged into conversations and ideas that I on my own would not have discovered. The different backgrounds of our class was something that I found as a crucial asset to the flow and strength of each week. I’m in a mostly freshman/sophomore class as well as our upperclassman/grad student class and have majorly benefited from the wide array of voices I hear each week. While were all from around the same generation I always find it interesting to gain the perspectives from both those younger and older than me in effort to form the best opinion and understanding I can.

Now… take a snack break, relax for a little while and continue reading when you’re ready

Alright now that you’ve had your handful of tostitos, cupful of salsa and two to three chips-ahoy’s let’s get back into it.

I also loved the pace of our class. No tea, no shade but I had one professor this semester who organized the class down to the second, noting if we were off plan by only 30 seconds and how we would need to work fast to combat it. This made the class drag and 2 hours felt like 17. This is what made our class a breath of fresh air every week, often looking down at the time on my computer and finding that we’d already been there for over and hour while it felt like 5 minutes. The fast pace and changing sections flowed effortlessly never feeling like there was an “ok so now that’s done and we’re gonna move on to this for 20 minutes” type vibe. The 7-9:30 time slot was daunting but resulted in a stimulating end to my Wednesday nights.

One of my favorite things about the class was the level of personalization you were able to impart on everything you were doing. I really love Youtube and getting to discuss it regularly in both blogs and twitter, as well as hearing other’s presentations on it was a dream to me. You could pick any one topic that completely interests you and run with it uncovering new levels and stories about it on a weekly basis. I enjoyed not having a specific topic to write on every week and loved that Professor Kane pushes for creative and out of the box discussions, allowing you to find your own passions as you go. This is where I find a lot of classes have faults and is what makes students become uninterested and averse to the homework they are given. While there were times I dreaded writing my blog, due to laziness, I reminded myself that it could be on literally anything I wanted and it made the process that much simpler.

All in all, this class was definitely one of the most rewarding experiences I have had at Boston College and what I hope that post grad will look somewhat like. I was actually recommended this class by a freshman friend who sat in on Professor Kane’s class to try to figure out the major they wanted to choose. She said she absolutely loved it and I should take it if I had space. I debated it for two semesters but couldn’t be more glad I took the leap.

9 comments

  1. jimhanrahan7 · ·

    You highlighted one of the main value props this class held for me: the perspectives of underclassmen and women. It was incredibly enlightening to hear your thoughts on digital technology. I have to say, one of the biggest surprises was your class’ general apathy-nearing-pessimism on the personal use of tech. If you polled 32-year-olds they’d probably all assume that anyone 5+ years younger is unthinkingly in love with technology. That’s just wrong. I have to say I’m glad to hear it.

  2. masonpeterman · ·

    hahaha love the post! I envy your course-load, I unfortunately had to overload this semester, but the lack of midterms and exams that this class provided was a saving grace. At least I’m lucky enough to be in food-writing with you, I fully expect your participation in the chili eating contest! I echo a lot of your thoughts about this class, I can honestly say that this was one of my few night classes I didn’t dread. There was such a nice break-up between sections that always taught me something and was really interesting. Starting with twitter, moving on to presentations, a quick snack, and then small group to whole group discussions made it flow really well. I think having a mix between undergrad and grad students was awesome and much less intimidating than I had initially expected. I think the mix of backgrounds and experience was awesome and opened me up to a bunch of new ideas and perspectives! Really glad you were in this class, I enjoyed hearing/reading your takes on the state of technology! Great job!

  3. shannonbenoit5 · ·

    First of all, big fan of all the images you chose in this post, well done. Lucky you with all that free time, although I did take 3 once-a-weeks so I can relate a bit, and agree that this was the one that went by the fastest and was also a huge fan of the structure of the class (structured but room for switch ups). I really loved learned from everyone else as well, it was by far my favorite part of the class. Also, thanks for throwing in the snack break, nice touch.

    1. dilillomelissa · ·

      Your words are so true and really resonate with me! I mean how cool has it been that we can write on anything that interests us. It truly made me feel like I had unlimited possibilities in the best way possible. It was so rewarding to find a class full of people who wanted to add value and learn from one another. The class format was one I’ll never forget and I’d love to take many of these ideas forward into my career. Nice work on picking a great course load this semester as well!

  4. merrimju · ·

    I liked how your passion and joy for the class showed in your writing! I too found this class to be one of the most helpful and enjoyable. I think it’s because our homework not only has but had meaningful impact on our lives… for instance how we started talking about privacy rules and throughout the course saw it actually play out in the UK.

  5. dilillomelissa · ·

    Your words are so true and really resonate with me! I mean how cool has it been that we can write on anything that interests us. It truly made me feel like I had unlimited possibilities in the best way possible. It was so rewarding to find a class full of people who wanted to add value and learn from one another. The class format was one I’ll never forget and I’d love to take many of these ideas forward into my career. Nice work on picking a great course load this semester as well!

  6. Nice concluding post. I too feel like the class flies by. The first few times I ever taught this course, I was terrified that we wouldn’t have enough conversation or content. I can honestly say that – in 10 years – I have never actually run into that problem. It’s a fun class to teach, and I get to keep doing it!

  7. huang91j · ·

    I totally agree that the pace of the class was great. In my undergrad and even now in my MBA there are those classes that either seemed to drag on or even go over because time wasn’t managed well by the professor. Prof. Kane really read the class well and Ioved that there were times where we voted on what we wanted to do with the rest of the time, ha! I agree with you and love YouTube as well and am glad that topic was a part of the conversation quite a bit this semester. I enjoyed seeing your Tweets as they seemed to pop up on my feed quite a bit throughout the semester. Good luck post grad!

  8. kgcorrigan · ·

    It sounds like you had a great class line-up this semester! I can relate to your reflection on what was a “big week” – in most classes that I have taken, big weeks equated to exams or long papers, always falling within a couple days of each other. This class was a welcome change from that type of schedule. While I was initially hesitant about all of the weekly assignments, I am so happy to not have a final to study for right now! Once I got into a groove of when to post, when to comment, etc. it really wasn’t that bad to manage. Plus, as you pointed out, it’s hard to complain when you could write, tweet, and present on any topic that you found interesting.

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