Wow. I think we should all take a moment to bask in the glory of making it to the end of the semester. A feat that always deserves a pat on the back. And thanks to the weekly surveys (which I was always forgetting to do, and constantly losing the scrap paper I wrote my presenter notes on) we don’t even have a final to worry about. All us cool technology kidz are just a few tweets and comments away from the always weirdly teary last class goodbyes. As a senior taking her last few breaths of Boston College air, before the eminent death that is post-grad life, I’m feeling particularly emo. I apologize for the dramatics—graduating is not like death…it is much slower and last much longer. I kid, seriously I’m kidding! But it is the end of an era, so it is time to look back and reflect on how we’ve grown, then look forward to the future and where we will go!
And because I don’t know any of you far well enough to look back at the embarrassment that was me freshmen year, we will simply take a trip down memory lane to my first blog. What was I thinking in January, was I right, or was I right?
Now if you don’t all remember the comedic gold that was my first blog, I’ll refresh you. I was the girl that took IS6621 twice! Well…not exactly. I originally signed up for the course in the fall, due to senior laziness dropped it the next day, and four months later signed up for it again. My blog recalls my initial thoughts in the fall, and then fast forwards to my thoughts about the first class in the spring. Main takeaways: the class is late, what is this weekly posting this man keeps talking about, undecided on the unconventional nature, the internet is scary, & cat memes = good content.
Let’s dissect these riveting arguments.
The class is late. I stand by this. It also feels later when it’s your first class of the day (oh hey did I mention I’m a senior). However, as you all know the chocolate bar is conveniently located, so my first-time-leaving-the-house-sweatpants-wearing-self was sporting a $5.38 iced vanilla latte on numerous occasions.
There was a lot of posting. However, we should all be ashamed that every single one of us made the same joke about not knowing when to post in the first blog. SHAME. SHAME. SHAME.
Unconventional to say the least. I don’t know if it was all the MBA students or the nature of the course, but this is one of the few classes I’ve felt that I was treated as an adult having an intellectual conversation. I loved the nature of the class discussions. I loved the use of what I have deemed “intellectual twitter.” And blogging has been a journey. I’m really proud of the content I have created in this class. I think my blogs were as informative as they were funny.
The internet is scary. Period. I was a little scared of the internet before, and now I’m terrified. Change my mind, you can’t.
Cat memes = good content, but GOT memes are everything to me.
But as I am forced to do every blog, let’s get serious for a second. This class has been a great experience. I feel like I have learned so much. From AI and Blockchain, the breath of the technology we have covered in the course has been ridiculous. I know certain topics (Blockchain, this is about Blockchain) I would have never sought out on my own to learn. While I still have more to learn, I feel more equipped to enter into this very important discussion our country is and will continue to have about technology.
This class has made me an excited pessimist. I think we are doomed. I think there is a day that is going to come, that a major chunk of population is going to be left in the dust due to the inequalities in education of technology. I think machines have, and will continue to take jobs away from real people. And I think it is sign of privilege to even be able to have this conversation. I’m someone who due to my background identifies with the “Bill’s” of the world, but my liberal arts education makes me a “Ted.” This privilege should not exist in vain, and hopefully we can work together to make this technological revolution a smoother journey.
However, I cannot help but be excited. There is so much technology being invented that is going to help such wide reaches of people. From diseases and disabilities, to fashion and the environment. You can’t help but feel as though we are all simultaneous on the break of greatness.
My roommates made fun of me for my homework. While they had assignments for projects on how to cure cancer or fix the justice system in the U.S., I had to tweet. But maybe if we came together, we could find better solutions to all our problems. And just as I have the tools and knowledge to use social media effectively, I’m taking a step back. I have accepted a position post-grad where I will be living without Wi-Fi and encouraged to really limit my use of social media, and instead enjoy the world around me. Think back to the days when kids road their bikes, instead of played angry birds on tablets. So for now a self proclaimed media consuming qween is signing off the internet for a while!
P.S. if the theme is not obvious…