Looking Back

Everyone says that time goes by faster than you think. “Blink and you’ll miss it,” they tell me. It’s funny how I never believe them until I’m standing at the finish line, looking back and wondering where’d the time go?

This semester has been one wild ride. I tried to slow down and enjoy it, and for the most part, I think I did pretty good. It’ll always be a shock to come to the end of something, especially when the end is as anticipated as the end of the school year. (And the start of summer!)

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As excited as I am for summer, I will miss this class. I’ve been introduced to a wide array of skills that I could take in any direction. My favorite part of this class was the emphasis on diversity of crafts and applications. I loved thinking of ways to apply the multimedia skills I was learning to my career goals (psychology).

I was truly impressed at how my technological knowledge grew. Before this class, I would occasionally look at Snap chat stories…and that was it. I didn’t even have a twitter or Instagram. And creating a video out of nothing? Uh, yeah that’s a no. But I realized that with the power of patience and google, even complicated video editing can be made possible.

My other huge revelation was that knowledge has so many unique paths it can take to get out to the world. Knowledge is the basis for change, healing, growth, all of it! Before this class, I didn’t truly understand all the different ways people consume information, and all the ways I can utilize those ways to get my point across.

I’m excited now to continue my google exploration and trial-and-error adventures of theses different techniques. I especially loved the audio and video sections, and have tossed around the idea of starting a podcast at some point.

Of course, these skills will be nothing without the soft-skills I’ve also practiced and refined in this class. The ability to work on a deadline, travel to different places around the city, and communicate effectively with other people were all things that I was lacking before this class. I still struggle with procrastination and any form of social interaction, but I think these skills have improved. At the very least, I feel more confident in them.

All in all, I don’t have many regrets with this class. Except one.

I knew when I signed up for Multimedia Production that it would push me out of my comfort zone when it comes to talking to strangers. I was determined to not let that stop me.

Well, it did. Not very often, and I’m proud of that fact! But there were still some times where I just wanted to hit rewind and tell past-me lurking in the shadows of an event to just go up there and ask the question.

What’s the worst that could happen?

Apparently, something really bad, because there were at least two assignments (the twitter update and the photojournalism one) where I know I could have done better.

The photojournalism one was the most difficult for that reason. My favorite one was probably the audio story telling. It was a completely new field for me and I was enthusiastic about learning it. The video story telling project would have been amazing, but Final stress hit me hard this year, and it ended up just being another check on my to-do list.

Overall, I am very happy with how this class introduced me to new, exciting fields, and the wide skill base it gave me. I would definitely take this class again.

As for now, I have hiking and camping to catch up on.

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