“Five more minutes” I remember thinking to myself. In a short matter of time my peers and I would present our prototype to our clients, in hopes of “wowing” them. This had been my first experience building a prototype so I was anxious to hear the feedback we would soon receive.
Soon enough, we got the answer we were seeking; the green light to further our idea. They loved it! Our prototype of an interactive journey map accessible for prospective students was a hit! After we showed them our initial ideas, the question was asked, “ so what is the next step?“
The great part about design is that it is iterative. We don’t need to strike gold in the beginning stages, rather success is something we can build and find over time. Though our clients loved our idea, we need to make things more definite. That is our next step.
In the next week, we scheduled to meet with the heads of the Marketing team here at PSU to share our prototype and discuss how they can assist in the development of our interactive journey map. Our next step involves completely mapping out the journey map design, and how we would like to see this being used in the future.
I went a little outside of my comfort zone this semester. The past three years I have been taking classes, because I had to; they were required. But, this semester, I made a choice. I enrolled in IS 4220.01, a signature project course that is considered a GenEd capstone, a class I did not have to take. I am nearly 4 weeks into the semester and it has just now hit me. Why?
I initially signed up for this course because it fit with my schedule, and I was familiar with the professor. But now, after numerous class discussions, I have realized there’s more to it than that.
My class has engaged in a couple discussions that really resonated with me. The takeaways that I have recently gained I believe are worth sharing.
We make choices everyday that will build us into the people we want to be. For me, I want to become an employee that companies want to hire. How do I get there? The answer is by taking classes like IS 4220.01.
So far I have learned how to work collaboratively with an open mind and a creative view. I have gained knowledge in design, and practiced my problem solving skills. These are all basic understandings employers hear daily. To set myself apart from the masses, I need to go a little deeper.
I signed up for this class for the experience. I’m passionate about learning, and establishing a successful career. Using this blog, publishing my work, that is why I am in this class. Becoming familiar with WordPress will allow for my work to get noticed and shared.
So, to go back to the beginning, I am in this class because I want to be. I am excited to continue my education, starting with going outside of my comfort zone. What is your why?