First things first, let me start by introducing myself and then we can jump into why I chose to continue this course after many, many warnings from Professor Kane day 1.
To the classmates that I have had the pleasure of meeting over zoom, I hope you all enjoyed the sporadic, yet common, visits from my naughty pets. Yes, my cat is huge…he is a Maine Coon. And yes, my dog is a very “good boiii”. I would love to bring them to class but Boston College has a whole policy against it, and I think they’ve become codependent. To those that don’t know me, my name is Bianca Donald (Feliciano). I am a second year, part-time graduate student, hopefully graduating this spring! I am a Statistical Demand Analyst for Alcon working on data modeling and machine learning. Prior to this role, I was in the Leadership Development Program at Raytheon as a Material Program Manager for a few years. Boston College’s credibility and data focused courses helped me to switch back to the medical field into a role I absolutely love.
Now, the big question: Why take a class that a professor made so abundantly clear will be as much work as a newborn (100% joking, please do not come for me parents!)? It’s simple. I appreciate that the subject is not only relevant, but always evolving. I believe the course is geniously set up to show students how to find information themselves instead of teaching stagnant facts. But really, I like a compelling challenge. Bring it on.
I’m not a huge social media person. While I am victim up spending too much time online, I really stick to Instagram for fitness and food inspiration, Facebook for family, and Pinterest for all things home décor and food. Oh, and YouTube is for all things, everything—big YouTuber. TikTok is a hard “no” for me…I can only imagine how quickly it would absorb me into the vast realm of dances and food ideas. I was never a fan of Twitter mostly because I found it to be most prone to aggression, but I do miss the frequent news updates. One of the largest challenges I will face in this class will be the debates online. Don’t get me wrong, I am all for debating in person and am very comfortable admitting when another party has won, but I find it very difficult to verbalize an argument in few characters. I also rely heavily on tone and facial reactions to know when to dial it back versus lean into a subject. It will take some time, but I hope to get better at Twitter before the next wave of social media hits and my millennial self will need to catch up to yet another social trend. With that said, can we bring back assigning a song to your page? I loved that on Myspace.
What Ever Happened to MySpace?
I anticipate that this class will always keep me on my toes. Schedule and frequent posting aside, there is just so much possibility. Digital technology affects all parts of our lives from asking Alexa what the weather is to self-driving cars and even quantum computing. This isn’t a subject that can be taught out of a book because how could we ever keep up with the evolving trends and random shocks to the field like…and we knew it would need to come up at least once in this blog…a pandemic! Yes, those do actually happen, and I promise you will need to invest in better pajamas and slippers when it does. But really, it’s truly amazing how quickly companies were able to adapt to new playing fields both internally and externally. If only there was a book on it…pre order “The Transformation Myth: Leading Your Organization through Uncertain Times” on Amazon. This is not sponsored.
All and all, I’m ready for this semester to be a digital roll coaster. The best part about an MBA is grades matter much less than in a Bachelors, so take the hard classes and self-evaluate what areas you would benefit from knowing more about. That’s my two cents.
Peace out class! I’ll talk to y’all in just over a week since I am one the lucky duckies that got Group A.