Throughout the semester, my view towards social media has definitely changed. Before, I mostly stayed away from the professional side, using only Instagram and Snapchat. Now, I have multiple accounts that solely highlight my professional strengths and cognitive thoughts. Looking back on my posts, I rediscover the insight within them. I will definitely be carrying the things I learned with me in the future. College is more life-training than job-training. With the appropriate broad-spectrum education and the discipline and hard work it takes to get through courses, you are teaching yourself to be able to do absolutely anything you set your mind to by way of self-motivation.
This week, I have created a meme that spreads a message about the reliance on technology and the attractiveness of brand specific products. The name of the background image (found at https://imgflip.com/memegenerator) was “first world problems.” From there, the idea sprung, purely because technology, internet access at all times, and apple products are such prominent concepts of our generation. This meme is in no way meant to make fun of anyone, but rather enhance awareness of the fact that computers are sucking our brains into cyber space at an exponential rate.
The cool tool I have chosen is called “Sparkol.” It is a great tool for creative people who need to make presentations.
My google site idea is to make a faux website for a college student hiking club of Delaware.
The difference between people who reach their goals and people who don’t is simple: Those who reach their goals read them often. The process of typing a “future resume,” located in the link above, gave me an opportunity to read through my goals, giving me a greater chance of reaching them. I will keep this resume at hand so I can remember, up until the day I land my first career job after graduation, what I am aiming for and not to give up.
When a web of society has evolved to be as complex as the ones existing on Planet Earth today, there is no such thing as utter originality. Individuality exists only in the context of localized norm, but is obsolete in the realm of the world and history. In an idealist view, our oh-so-familiar human egos wouldn’t lead us to NEED rules and regulations on ideas. We would accept that we are all interconnected, sharing with each other and utilizing the thoughts of others for growth and prosperity as a whole. But in a business-based world, there is no other choice. We have set our lives and personal economies up so as to run on the fuel of our inventions and brilliancy. By no fault of our own, our ideas become our territory. This territory is used to help raise families, pay bills, and be a functioning member of society. It would only make sense that a copyright/patent protection persist as long as it benefits the member of society for whom it was originally intended to. This could occur until the end of one’s working life. Furthermore, when (not “if”) society evolves beyond the point at which the copyright/patent was made, it ceases to be beneficial. Remixing, as long as credit is given where it is due (which, often times, it is not), isn’t considered plagiarism. It is merely a resurrection of ideas that existed in previous stages of social evolution, creating further complexity in an already complex world. We are not as individual as we wish to believe, and remixing merely accepts this and builds from it.
Symbaloo is a very creative and interesting tool that I learned about this week. It helps keep all of your tools and websites in one area. The professional organization I chose is the American Marketing Association. They even have a twitter (@AMA_marketing)! Their twitter account hosts conversations with respectable businesspeople such as Harvard Business Review and a plethora of knowledgeable individuals. They send out many tips for business, personal projects, and even wellbeing. An interesting tweet I noticed is one stating what NOT to do on social media. Another one I liked discussed dynamically prioritizing.
I must say that Hootsuite is my favorite of the tools we have learned about this week. Clearly there are many tools we are using, and this helps by putting a few of them into just one site. I like that I won’t have to go all over the place to check for updates.
Education is something that never ceases. I am constantly learning. Learning is an unquenchable thirst. Just because education is formal (i.e. expensive) doesn’t make it any more superior than “non-formal” education. Traveling, exploring the depths of nature, socializing with unfamiliar people and ways of life, and stepping out of your comfort zone in any way are all part of the learning process. University is only the tip of the iceberg. When I graduate, and utilize my skills to help others, I will not only be giving knowledge of my own to others, but will be soaking up all that others can teach me. I plan on continuing participation in non-profit organizations for as long as I live, and that is some meaningful education right there.