Initial Expectations for Initial Expectations for Emerging Technologies and Digital Business.
My name is Kayla Cyrs and I started the part time MBA program at BC two years ago in August 2019. It is crazy to think that this is my final year in the program. I remember thinking how far away 2022 sounded but now it looms right around the corner. I work in the Office of University Advancement at Boston College so the commute to class after work is not too far. I graduated from Villanova University in 2017 with a B.A. in Economics and Political Science. While I loved my liberal arts education, my favorite part of the MBA program has been gaining some technical skills which I did not gain from my undergraduate experience. After college I worked at Wayfair in the B2B department before moving to the nonprofit sector at BC. I am potentially looking to move back to industry after I complete my degree and gain a better understanding of what industry and job function, I am interested in. I am looking forward to this semester and what is to come.
What I thought this class would be…
A few months ago, when signing up for classes, I thought it sounded interesting and would complement the digital marketing course I was taking. I expected that this class would be an overview of strategies and concepts that can be applied to legacy organizations to take them into the digital age. I expected a typical lecture or case-based course format with projects, midterms, and finals of some sort. After our first class session I do not think this will quite be the case. While I have grown comfortable with the typical course format over the past two years in the MBA program, I remain excited about this class and the semester to come.
I expect to be busy. As professor Kane mentioned in the first class, there will be a lot of deliverables. There are pros to classes that have few deliverables other than a midterm and final or a project. In that case, some weeks might only entail thinking about the class during class time. On the other hand, it usually means a few weeks of the semester are very stressful as I “cram”. I think I will thoroughly enjoy the consistent workload each week. I strive to keep organized as a part time MBA student with a full-time job and I think this course format will support that.
After our first class session I would be lying if I said I was not a bit nervous for this class. I think it is because this already feels much more personal as we write blog posts rather than in other courses where we posted on canvas. I know that for the first few weeks, tweeting and blog posts will probably make me feel uncomfortable. However, I am excited about the prospect of taking ownership of a topic and honing my knowledge to present to the class. I think that hearing from other classmates will be very interesting. I feel like there are so many topics that I think I know about (RE: the quick NFT conversation in the first class session) but I would not feel confident to speak about. I am expecting that by the end of this course I will feel much more confident to speak about concepts in the digital space that are extremely relevant in today’s world. I also expect that this class will help me become a better writer. I think it will be interesting to work on conveying messages in both a longer format via blog posts, as well as short form tweets. I think both are extremely important in the business world today.
Lastly, I expect to meet new classmates and establish new relationships. Based on hand raising in the first class, it looks like the class is split about 50/50 with full time and part time MBA students. Many of my prior classes have been majority part time students but as I begin to take more electives, that is changing. This is exciting as I will be exposed to new perspectives and people. I also think that this class format is conducive to forming new connections because it is highly interactive. I also expect that both the class and professor will be highly engaged over the next few months. Based on our initial class session, this is necessary for success. Overall, I am looking forward to this course and all that it will provide me.