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Reflections over this last semester? Is this what this little report is supposed to be all about? I don’t know what to say really, it’s been a little different for me here towards the end of the semester in Digital Media, as well as in everything else. I think I’m finally getting into the groove of being able to accept things the way they are. At the beginning of the semester (and ever since I started into this course) I was still pretty upset about the way things work in these “Educational Institutions” today because compared to the older styles of education I’m accustomed to and familiar with, well, education today can’t hold a candle to the days when learning was a structured process, a process that was equally effective for pretty much everyone. Back when assignments were, for the most part, flawlessly orchestrated by instructors… when a student would actually have assignments graded and returned with real, actual feedback on if they’d understood one section adequately before getting too deep into whatever came next.

Things just aren’t the way they used to be and it’s unnerved me to no end. In my Digital media class… we spent the majority of our time taking photos and doing the same old design work we’ve already learned in previous classes. We were heading toward some new things, as was supposedly the plan, we were going to be learning to make our own pod cast, we reported on maybe six podcasts in preparation for this, then, I guess the whole idea just faded away. Our final project was to be making a video. We were to find someone who makes their living in the field of digital media, someone whose career is out there online, and make a video interview with them. Somehow that idea expired before we had even done anything at all working towards that end. You never know what may be going on from one week to the next… it’s entirely impossible to plan anything, let alone manage your time, when what you think you’re doing is in a constant state of flux. I just became angrier, and angrier, and angrier with each and every change of plans.

Towards the end of the semester though, I finally began to really start talking with some other students and started to get some insight into how others feel about all these types of situations. There was one student in particular who was incredibly inspirational to me. In watching how they dealt with everything, the scattered, confusing nature of these classes, and for them, also amongst an avalanche of other troubles which caused them to get further and further behind yet they STILL drove forward… upset… yes, but handling it all so well… it kind of changed the whole way I looked at things.

The rest of the semester went pretty well and in the end, well, our final project was in “flash” so I was happy with that. It also gave me the opportunity to play around with the “Audacity” software as well, so, I was glad to be learning at least SOME new things. Amazingly enough, a couple of my other classes seemed to line up with the new attitude I was beginning to develop as well, focusing on several issues relating to communication and such, a wider scope in which to view certain situations and methods others had employed in coping with somewhat similar situations. Overall, I’d have to say it’s been a semester of growth for me personally, and I hope I’ve finally come to a point where I don’t have to go to war with the world over every single thing… I’ve thought this before, but, maybe this time I’ll really rise above all that sort of thing (and all those sorts of people). Let us hope so.

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