Bill asked us to write a “wrap up” post about the class (9808A), so that’s what you’ll be getting with this entry. Don’t worry, I’m sure I’ll be able to fit Harry Potter in at some point, too.
Bill, if you’re reading this, thank you for this class. Yes, I felt lost a lot of time, but I learned so much. As we were once wisely told (in the class. By Bill): “You can be good at anything you’re not afraid to suck at.” Deep.
But seriously, how true is that? If you can overcome your fears of being vulnerable, looking like a fool, and messing up, you have the chance to learn so much.
What I liked about this class was the lack of pressure to impress. Yes, our work was often revealed in front of everyone in the program (all 10 of us. Not too scary), but there was no fear of judgement. We were encouraged to do the best we could, try out new things, and hope we don’t fall on our faces. I’ve never had a class like that before. It has always been, “This is how you do it, introduction, body, conclusion-GO!”
I learned about programs I didn’t know anything about (some I didn’t even know existed!), like google sketchup, Max6, and HTML. I would in no way consider myself an expert in any of these areas, but at least I now know it’s possible to become an expert. Or at least competent.
For once, I actually feel like I have an advantage in the work place. I not only have ideas, I have at least a vague notion on how to make them a reality. AND I have the drive to do so. Knowing I can make exhibits fun, make history fun, is inspiring. I want to know more because it presents so many possibilities.
With journalism, I could have all the story ideas in the world, but they weren’t necessarily bringing anything new to the table and they weren’t particularly “fun”, in my humble opinion. News can only get so creative, you know what I mean?
You can bet (your bottom dollar, as Annie would say) I’m going to complain, struggle, cry on the phone to my mum and grow more grey hairs than I already have taking “digital exhibits” next year, but I’m determined not to give up. I want to see my ideas come to fruition. And I’m not afraid to suck at it – BRING IT, Bill!