The most emotional assignment for a senior in college

My second assignment I chose was a 3 star writing assignment. Here is the link: http://assignments.ds106.us/assignments/your-hopes-dreams-and-fears/

 

Dear 31-year-old Kristin,

Here is what you hoped for, dreamed for, and feared at age 21:

Hopes:

First off, I hope that you are happy.

I hope that you are still following Jesus with your whole life.

I hope that you love your job.

I hope that your relationships with your family and friends are great.

Dreams:

You dreamed that you would be a Special Education teacher, and a really good one.

You dreamed of getting marrying and starting a family within the next 10 years.

You dreamed of having a German Shepherd.

You dreamed of leading Young Life after college.

You dreamed of going back to Africa soon.

Fears:

You were afraid that you won’t get into grad school.

You were afraid that you wouldn’t be financially stable enough to start life after graduation.

You were afraid of choosing the wrong path after college.

You were afraid that your faith would fade.

You were afraid of leaving Virginia and your family and your friends that you have known your whole life.

Overall, 31-year-old Kristin, I hope that you are happy and you have made time for what is important in your life.

Love,

21-year-old Kristin

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Reflection:

This writing assignment was super cool for me in the season that I am in right now. I am in my senior year of college, I have no idea what I am doing next year, and I have a million options of what I could do and where I could go. To write this letter, I thought of the most important aspects of what I want my whole life to be. I thought of what was most precious to me now and what I hope my life will be like. This assignment was not easy because I have a lot of hopes, dreams, and fears for my life but I wanted to choose the most important.

A Logic Named Joe: The 1946 sci-fi short that nailed modern tech

The story A Logic Named Joe is about a machine that became more powerful and smarter than expected, and a man trying to stop it. The short story by Leinster was weirdly accurate to the internet today in a few ways. “Joe” had access to virtually any information in the world (like Google) and “Joe” also was connected to a tank where data was kept. I thought this was similar to how if I shop for something on Amazon I suddenly have advertisements for the same item on Facebook. Also, like the author of the article suggests, having so much information at the click of a button “can lead us into the worst parts of our collective psyche.” In some ways, having too much information can lead to negative consequences.

Web 2.0 Storytelling Reflection

I thought this post was very long, but interesting. I like blogs because they serve different purposes…the author describes several ways to use blogs such as a diary or an interactive story in which readers can participate in the story by commenting on the posts. The author included several interactive storytelling blogs such as World Without Oil and Project 1968. These blogs are a unique source of entertainment and can more more enjoyable than just reading a book for some people. These blogs allow people to be use more imagination and get more into what they are reading.

I thought it was interesting that the author included Twitter in his discussion on internet storytelling. I always just use Twitter to post funny things and never think of it as storytelling. Storytelling on Twitter requires a unique sense of creativity in order to “tell a story” in 140 characters of less, which I think is pretty cool and very impressive.

Other forms of online storytelling included Wikis, Flickr, and Facebook. Almost all of the platforms discussed in this article are very simple and accessible to basically anyone who has an internet connection and a computer. This means that more and more people will have the opportunity to share their creativity online with the public. I think that these methods of storytelling are a new means of storytelling because it is a completely new way of sharing compared to traditional storytelling. The fact that these stories are digital mean that they are (mostly) free and open to the public, so they are somewhat more accessible.

Weekly Summary

This week went better than expected! To be honest I am a little bit of a grandma when it comes to technology and this class made me pretty nervous, but the instructions and tutorials are great. However, I’m pretty upset that we are using Domains of One’s Own because it is my least favorite thing in this world (sorry). I use it for a lot of classes and nothing ever goes right…but maybe it will be okay this time.

I struggled in the beginning with adding a subdomain on DoOO, but once that was figured out everything else was pretty simple. I enjoyed making my introductions on various social media sites, and I thought it was crazy how easy it was to embed them into Word Press. Here is the link to my blog post with introductions:

Introduction

Pretty excited to see what else we do in the following weeks!

 

The Internet

  1. The true promise of Interactive Computing: Leveraging our Collective IQ

This article was all about using the internet to collectively add to our knowledge as a society. The author wrote about obstacles that are keeping people to learning more using the internet, and what needs to be in place so the internet and the information it has to provide is more accessible to everyone. I thought this was a cool article because my favorite thing about the internet is that it brings people together and can implement a level playing field, and the author brings forth some really interesting points on how to create a more informed and smarter society using the internet.

2. For me, the internet is the great equalizer. In today’s society, the internet has moved from a want to a need. In jobs, school, and everyday life, the internet has become a necessity. As a future educator, I love that the internet can help my future students connect to people and places that they may never see. The internet allows us to connect to cultures and experiences that we would never experience at home, and it also gives us a chance to learn more and more.

3. Question 1: What are some negative impacts, if any, the internet has had on society?

Question 2: What is in store for the future of the web?

Show Your Work!

I really liked this post by Austin Kleon. It’s funny because I read the post as soon as I finished posting my social media introductions, which I thought were super awkward and embarrassing and I was hoping that none of my friends never found this blog. Which is what leads me to think that #8: learn to take a punch was the most important advice Austin gives. When you put yourself and your work out there, there’s always a good chance that someone is not going to like it and they’re going to let you know. It’s all about learning how to take criticism to better your work, and not taking criticism personally.

Reading this post made me really appreciate this class more as well. I also liked using Hypothesis to see what others had to say as well. I’m a history major, so my whole academic life has been reading historical stuff and writing 12 page research papers. I haven’t had much time in college to really be creative and express myself in any way. I’m excited to have a chance to step out of my comfort zone and show a different side of myself than I usually do.