This is it. This is the end. This has certainly been one hell of a semester (am I allowed to say hell in this assignment? oops..). As I’m writing this final reflection, I can’t help but think that I would have wished to be in class with them one last time, with my classmates who really made a difference during this tough time and with my professor Dr.Maha who helped me get through this semester. This course has given me a lot of things not only educational, but even new friendships that I will always cherish.
This course has really been what I needed this semester. I don’t mean to sound cliché at all, but timing really is everything and life just works in mysterious ways. This course counts as a global course for me, which I didn’t even plan on taking this semester. Originally, I wanted another course called Languages of the World but it was full so I was thinking of waiting till next year to take it but then I can’t remember how but I just found this course by coincidence and said why wait, let’s just get it over with. Next thing you know, I am more than happy that I made this decision. I learned so many things in this course, but the main thing I’m proud of is this blog. I found a new passion, blogging. To be honest, I’ve always felt that I had something in me that wanted to do such a thing. I was obsessed with Carrie Bradshaw from Sex and the City and the way she would write blogs and just I don’t know how to explain it. I’ve always believed that I hated writing. I still kinda do. I dread writing papers, but this doesn’t feel like one. I love the feeling of talking to God knows whoever will read this. It just feels good and I like it. I like to imagine myself in some sort of movie while writing each blog, with the narrator in my head reading out loud what is being written. I still don’t know if you get me and I feel like I’m kinda getting lost in all my thoughts. That tends to happen sometimes, but hold tight. Anyways, back to what I was saying, which was that I learned what a blog was. However, I learned other really important things, from knowledge to skills.
I’ve always been the type of person that is curious about EVERYTHING. Yes, I’m the person who always asks questions, and I don’t know why. I love having open conversations and talking about concepts with other people and getting to know their point of views but more importantly WHY they think the way they do, which isn’t always easy to find out. Throughout this course, I’ve learned things about myself also, what helped was this activity of quizzes that let you know your biases, I actually really like my post about it. It just made a lot of sense to me. I also learned how to create my own digital narrative game on google slides, this skill I will definitely use again in life to impress my professors by doing fun presentations like these. One last thing was annotation. I’ve never really tried something like Hypothes.is before, but honestly the articles that we read on there and annotated it were very interesting, I even sent one of them to a friend of mine that doesn’t even go to AUC. It was called War in Translation: Giving Voice to the Women of Syria. I loved the idea of reading other people’s comments and sharing my own with them, and the fact that we could reply to each other’s comments.
Throughout the semester, I learned to love more and more my blog, so I started sharing it with my close friends, and they aren’t AUC students but they loved it. My top 3 things that I would and already did show to people are: my ALTCV (because it was so cute), my exploration of self blogpost and my Digital Literacies Pathway blogpost.
However if I could change some things about this course, I would think of something else other than Soliya but with the same idea. Soliya was something I was really looking for but was so disappointing and it had a lot of technical issues. On the other hand the zoom sessions that were also with different people around the world were really interesting. So I would definitely recommend doing more things with people from all over the world but maybe with a different tool than Soliya. Also another thing is that I felt that the digital narrative games took so many classes, it could maybe be fewer and add more topics or things to reflect on. I loved the videos and reading on empathy, biases and the TED Talks so maybe more of them. The digital literacy pathway is also a great idea that should definitely be integrated more throughout the semester, specially the tinkering pathway.
If I would describe in one sentence what kind of person should take this course, I would say that it has to be someone open minded, ready to take chances and be open to new ideas and opinions.
This course was really special in terms that it wasn’t the one size fits all kind of course. It was actually tailored to suit every type of personality there is. You wanted to present your assignment in form of you talking in a video, do it. You wanna do it in a presentation? feel free. You wanna write a blogpost? go ahead. But not only in the format of our assignments, also the content of the course itself. For the same topic, we always had different options that always revolved around the same idea but you had to pick which one you wanted to learn from. You could read an article, watch a TEDTalk or a video. It was always like an open buffet kind of course, not a set menu (I’m hungry so that’s why). This really was the USP of this course, and for those of you who don’t know what USP means, it means Unique Selling Point, yes I am an IMC major. I loved that I always had the option of doing what I wanted. I wish more courses and more teachers would adapt the same technique.
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