It’s the final blog post….

Disclaimer: I just want everyone to know that this post was much easier to write than my first one at the start of the semester. 

I don’t think I’ve ever put in so much effort to get into a class in all of my years of going to school, especially one that I wasn’t even required to take, as I did to get into this one. Two and half years after my first attempt to get in, I was finally registered for ISYS6621 for my final semester in the part-time MBA program. I was excited to take the class that so many people had recommended, but that excitement was quickly replaced with concern when I logged into Canvas and read the course description…

“Fair warning, this course will be different…”

My initial thought was “different could be a good thing, but also, what does that even mean?”. Well, let me tell you, being different ended up being one of my favorite things about this class. I’ve found that in a majority of classes that I’ve taken, the structure revolves around the professor lecturing the students, PowerPoints that were read from, a lot of reading that I didn’t necessarily care about, and maybe some peer to peer interaction (if we were lucky). This class had its fair share of assigned work, much like any other class, but the amount of input we had into the conversations and topics we discussed as students, far exceeded what I’ve ever experienced in a classroom. The discussions that took place over the course of the semester that stemmed from topics that were posted on Twitter or in regards to readings or videos that we watched for our small groups, were some of my favorite parts of the class. As important as it is to learn from our professor, I believe it is equally as important to learn from our peers. While I wasn’t much of a contributor to the large discussions, it was interesting to hear topics expanded on that we may have scrolled by briefly on Twitter and the views and opinions of others. In all honesty, I wish we had more time in our small groups over the course of the semester because this is an aspect of the class that I found to be extremely valuable. Whether it be watching a TED Talk or reading an article, the conversations that we had stemming from them always proved to be interesting. While we all read or watched the same thing, the way we interpreted them was always slightly different. We all shared our thoughts, but never once was an idea considered ‘wrong’. Our groups were open and honest and always up for some debate, if the opportunity presented itself, and this ultimately made for better understanding.

“It will take a few weeks to figure out what is going on.”

Me when I read this…

When it comes to this statement, I can honestly say that I didn’t believe it. There was no way that it was going to take that long to acclimated to a class and do well in it. Well, I was wrong. I had never blogged before and my last Twitter post was nearly four years ago, so I wasn’t overly confident in how this was going to go. Now, here we are three months later and I feel like a pro at these things. (I guess that might be a bit of a stretch, so I’ll go with a decent amateur at these things.)

Blogging was an entirely new concept to me when I first started this class, but it soon became one of my favorite parts of it. I enjoyed writing about topics that I thought were interesting and, in some way, meant something to me, but more importantly I enjoyed interacting with others through them. We all have such a wide variety of interests, so it was interesting to see these over the course of the semester in our posts, but it was even more interesting to see the commonalities that many of us had through the comments on any given post. 

When it comes to Twitter, I have to admit that I was not happy that this made up such a significant part of the class. This quickly changed when I saw the tweets that were going out with #IS6621. Not only were people sharing news that I hadn’t yet seen or may have missed, but they were also interacting with the things that I may have shared. Much like the blogposts, it was always interesting to see the types of interactions that took place in relation to a tweet.

 I’m not going to lie to you and tell you that I’m going to continue blogging now that I’ve met the requirements for this course, because in all honesty, I probably won’t… BUT, I do believe that I will take what I have learned from writing these posts and talk more about the things that I find interesting and innovative. On the other hand, I do believe that I will continue to use Twitter more often. There’s no guarantee that I will be tweeting five times a week and that there will be a #C in there, but I’m sure there will be something from @kegallagher18 at some point in time.

If for some reason someone in the Carroll School of Management, whether it be an undergraduate or grad student, stumbled upon this post and actually made it this far, take ISYS6621 if you haven’t already. It might take a few semesters to be able to register, but figure out a way to get into it.

Yes, this class is different and can take some time to get used to, but trust me, you’ll be happy you took it.

10 comments

  1. mckeanlindsay · ·

    I completely agree with the sentiment of being nervous and intimidated about this course. It’s so different from any other class that I have taken that I definitely felt a bit uneasy delving into the workstyle. However, I also agree the rewards far outweighed the bit of discomfort and unfamiliarity

  2. Olivia Crowley · ·

    Your disclaimer at the beginning of this post really resonated with me. I remember my first blog post regarding expectations for the course actually very challenging. I too was scared reading the course description on Canvas, but soon found out that in reality, I actually had nothing to fear. Though the “work” may seem strenuous from the outside looking in, after having actually taken part in the course for a semester, I can honestly say that it never really felt like work to me. We got to write about what we wanted to write about, tweet what we wanted to tweet about, and even present to the class on anything we wanted to present on. In fact, the only aspect of the course that I actually found difficult in the end was contributing to the full class discussion regularly–something that has always come easy to me in previous courses and never thought I would have been worried about.

  3. I’m glad the experience lived up to your (very high) expectations. In 10 years of teaching this class, I have had exactly ONE student continue blogging afterwards (Ironically, I ran into her last weekend), so I won’t take it personally if you don’t continue!

  4. taylorfq6 · ·

    I was nervous about this “different” course as well! and equally skeptical about how long it would take to get comfortable with the assignments and how to deliver quality work in the right way. Twitter also proved to be one of the most valuable aspects of this class for me, helping me stay engaged in both our in class topics as well as trending news and developments going on in the world around us. Easily one of my favourite classes I was able to take while at BC.

  5. I agree, I initially found blogging intimidating. I had no idea what to write about or what others would find interesting. There are so many bloggers who have catchy names, quirky language, and an interesting point of view. For some reason, I had this misconception that blogging would result in equal parts negative and positive feedback. I personally was afraid of receiving negative feedback. I have come to realize my fear was completely unnecessary. I also enjoyed blogging by the end. I also think our use of twitter almost created a safe niche within the platform. We tweet specifically about tech, we have a responsive community, and a hashtag to attach to all of our posts. As our class got to know each other, people would like, retweet, or comment on my tweets, which made the experience infinitely more enjoyable. I had some random people comment as well, but I found it was really neat to be able to hear our classmate’s opinions on a variety of topics.

  6. kgcorrigan · ·

    I had a similar reaction when I read the course description! I didn’t believe it would take weeks to figure out what was going on (I’ve never had that experience in a class before), but it definitely was true. However, once I got into a routine of managing weekly responsibilities it wasn’t too bad. I liked how you pointed out that the blog comments allowed us to see commonalities that a lot of us had – another great example of how unique this class was.

  7. huang91j · ·

    I think while blogging felt uncomfortable for me, I’m glad I did it throughout the semester. I advise my customers to blog for their websites all the time to attract attention to their websites and the work they do. This in turn would allow them to rank better in search engines and optimize their content more. Like you, I had the same reaction when I heard that this class wouldn’t be like any other class, or that it would take a few weeks to learn what’s going on, all of which have been true. I’m so glad that I went through this class and got to experience something completely different than my undergrad and graduate experiences thus far. While blog comments have been very informative and helped question certain things I’ve written, I think that outside of class, others may have stronger opinions and be more critical of the writing that we do depending on the topic!

  8. matturally · ·

    That first GIF! Just, yes. Exactly how I felt. The classwork took some getting used to, but the class itself felt effortless from the beginning (at least to me). What if the real learning was just the friends we made along the way?

  9. kateu19 · ·

    Great post! I actually know a few people that had registered for the course and ending up dropping it after they read the syllabus. I definitely didn’t know what to expect with the workload, and there were times when it felt like a struggle to keep my head above water in the class, but that probably has more to do with my own poor time management skills than anything else, to be honest. I also have to second your thoughts on Twitter – I’ve used the app for a while, but it was primarily to tweet about reality TV. Using it to engage with classmates and actively read the news lent a whole new aspect, which I though was great. it was really great to see classmates converse, and it definitely brought topics to my attention that I probably wouldn’t have seen otherwise!

  10. Great post! I had one of the first four pick times for seniors and ended up being one of the last people able to register…just goes to show how popular this class truly is. When reading over the syllabus during pick times, I honestly didn’t know what to expect other than that I would have to tweet (which honestly I found to be a bit annoying since I hated twitter). Twitter has grown on me though, and so has this class! every week I find myself liking it more

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