“Trending” seems to be trending in social media talk. So what’s trending in my life right now:
- Midterms/ Studying
- Late Nights
- Study Break Munchies
- Minimal Social Life
- Full DVR
- Upcoming Project Deadlines
- Did I already say tired..I meant exhausted
It’s the mid-point of the semester and that means the stress of studying for mid-term exams is high and the demands of deadlines are cranking up!
So if you’re trying to manage a higher than usual stress level like me -keep in mind there’s always an end to it all. Mine is in May until then I’ll take the weekend.
It’s the Final Countdown!!
I can see the end in sight. (Even though my eyes itch like crazy from allergies!) In 3 weeks I’ll be wrapping up my 4th semester in my Grad School journey. So what’s left between now and the start of my summer break???
- One Test – Marketing Research
- Infographic Resume – Digital Lab
- Data Visualization Assignment – Digital Lab
- Video Resume – Digital Lab
- Group Report & Presentation – Marketing Research
- AdWords Group Project Report – Digital Lab
It may seem like a lot but I think it will be manageable. Fingers crossed. Point is – if you don’t hear much from me between now and then, chances are I’m working on one of the above items.
Even though I won’t be taking classes I’ll still be working hard this summer. I’m determined to find my focus for my degree plan and start working towards a clear goal. I’ve learned so much since my first day of class. Everything seems so interesting that at times it’s a bit overwhelming.
So the good news is – I should have plenty of material during the summer for inTuitionat40!
I wanted to continue a little more on last week’s post. I thought about how I’ve changed recently to utilize some of the benefits that technology has to offer.
- I love having one of my textbooks on my iPad. BUT in true immigrant form, I take notes from the chapters in a spiral notebook.
- When I research topics for my group projects, I copy and paste the information from articles I find on the internet along with the link to the site for future reference. Then I digitally highlight the points of interest I used vs printing out the article and highlighting with an actual highlighter pen.
- I have created flash cards on my iPhone w vocabulary words vs old paper note cards.
- I not only input my grocery list on my iPhone vs paper notes, I have lists for different stores in my phone as well.
- I love that the latest iPhone update put Reminders on the iCloud. I can now type in my to-do’s or reminders and access them from my phone at anytime.
Where I have a ways to go to keep up with my Native classmates:
- I do still print reports or presentations out to edit them
- I still print out the professors lecture notes before class so I can take notes “old school” style by the slide vs typing them in the presentation like my peers do.
- AND most of all – I don’t switch media every two minutes! Seriously??? How does anyone focus with all that change???
I will say I’m improving in my digital savvy skills by picking up some of the digital native ways, but I will always hang on to some of my immigrant traits and be proud of them.
Posted in Going Back To School, Just Fun, Real World Learnings, School, Time Management, Tools for School
Tagged Digital Immigrant, Digital Native, Going Back to School, Going Back to School at 40, IPad, iPhone
Tonight I left for class feeling ambitious and thinking I’m going to school! Tonight’s my in-class school night and it’s about a subject I’m really interested in! Interactive Digital Media.
I sit down with my iPad instead of a text book feeling pretty good about myself. The lecture starts and it’s a guest speaker. Now I’m even more excited…someone from the industry is going to tell us about how search engines work. This is so far from what I do all day – how exciting! Well…as he starts speaking I hear more acronyms than we have in our office. Some I know…most I don’t. SEO, PPC, CPC, CVR, the list goes on – ahhhh!!!! I tell myself “Just take notes and you can look it up later.” I begin to feel a little better as I’m able to figure some of them out during the lecture. Then the questions start popping up from my fellow classmates.
That’s where things really start to turn. Seriously?? How do they know all this stuff already? How do they know how to ask such in-depth questions? I’m now feeling old. All I can think about is how yesterday I was fitted for my mouth guard so I will quit clinching my teeth when I sleep.
Then I remember next week I go to the eye doctor where I’ll probably have to get stronger lenses for my glasses! I sit in the classroom thinking – What am I doing here!!???!! What do I really want to do with myself when I finish this program? It seemed like everyone in the room is there building off what they are already doing in their every day lives. I don’t deal with any of this stuff. I deal with placing fixtures in a store, customer traffic patterns and managing rollouts. I deal with the brick and mortar world – not the digital world!
Thankfully, reality kicked in……………that’s why I’m here.
I’m here to learn new things and open new doors. I don’t have to know what I want to do at this moment. So I tuned back into class and left feeling different than when I walked in the door…
but still optimistic!!