Full Final Project and Reflection

I am done!! I can’t believe that this class has come to an end. I had a lot of fun working on this project. Through my four categories, I was able to piece together my college experience through multiple forms of media. I loved going through all of my memories and I think I was able to do a really good job of summing up my college experience in a lot of very different ways. I didn’t run into a lot of trouble however this took me several hours. I think I underestimated how much time it would take, but I also enjoyed it a lot – it wasn’t really like taking a final exam, which was nice. I have thoroughly enjoyed this course and have learned so much!! Thank you all for your kind comments on all of my posts. I loved reading everyone’s blogs, and I think we all did a great job being digital storytellers for four months!

Take a look at my fun project!!

Visual Category:

My College Life in Some Pictures

Audio Category:

Listen In at UMW

Writing Category:

Writing Makes the World Go ‘Round

Web Category:

Roadtrip!

To close out the semester, our final assignment included writing a letter to future DS106ers. I think this is a great idea, because I think that a lot of people would be very surprised to learn how much work is involved in this class. Read and enjoy!

Advice to Future DS106er’s

Peace out, everybody!! Thanks for reading. ūüôā

Advice to Future DS106er’s

Hello future students!

When I signed up for this course and we received this feedback from people who have taken this course in the past, I found their information to be very helpful. I had a pretty light workload this year, so my time with DS106 wasn’t as stressful as it could’ve been. However, if I was taking this class along with other class that required a ton of work, I definitely would’ve struggled. That being said, if you have a heavy course load, this may not be the class for you. A lot of people think it will be an easy A, but you need to put in the work to get the good grade.

I still really enjoyed taking this class.¬†Because this is an online class, it took me some time at the beginning of the semester to get used to scheduling time to complete the assignments without waiting until the last minute. Definitely space out your assignments throughout the week – you don’t want to wait until Friday to do everything (speaking from experience).

I’m glad that I took this course because I learned so much about the internet that I didn’t know before. It challenged me in ways that I didn’t think it would. Take it if you get the chance!

Roadtrip!

I ran into some complications for the last portion of this assignment. All of the videos that I have been taking over the past few weeks that illustrate what I do on a typical day here have been accidentally deleted from my phone ūüôĀ I’m pretty frustrated because this would’ve been the perfect way to tie together my entire project. But what is finals week without something going wrong? Instead, my last category will be a web assignment that I found on the Assignment Bank. As the Internet is the theme that we’ve been following all semester, I thought that a web assignment would be fitting.

This final segment is based on an assignment called Google Map Trip.¬†My task is to outline a trip that I would like to take using Google Maps. My best friend and I have always wanted to take a cross country road trip at some point in our lives before we have to become real adults. For this portion of the project I will map out our entire trip, posting pictures and videos of the sites and attractions we will see along the way. Let’s hope at some point in our life we actually get to take this trip!!

Road map:

We will start our journey from our house in Fredericksburg and map our way north to NYC. I’ve only been once, just for an afternoon, so I would love to spend a little more time there.

If I had all the money in the world for this trip, I would love to stay in a penthouse suite somewhere in Manhattan. We can all dream, right? We would probably end up staying somewhere cheap and simple, or stay for free with our other roommate that lives in Long Island. Some things I would love to do while here: walk through Times Square, see Rockefeller Center (maybe ice skate if it’s winter), walk around Central Park, explore cool places like Soho and Chinatown, watch SNL (I need a big budget for this trip) and see a bunch of touristy things like the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, and Ground Zero.

Next stop, Chicago, IL. I’ve never been here either, so off to Chicago we go! I’m not even sure what else there is to do here besides walk around the city and see the big silver bean, but that sounds like enough for me.

Next we will hit up St. Louis. I have some cousins here that I never see, so we could probably stay with them and see some more touristy things.

Next, we’ll take a pretty long trip to Santa Fe, New Mexico. This is one of my top 5 places I want to visit. I’ve heard it is absolutely beautiful there! Looking forward to this stop.

Up next, we will hit up Las Vegas!! I cannot wait to go here someday. I think I would probably have too much fun. I also don’t have that much money, so it would cool if I could win something to fund the rest of this expensive trip.

Next up is California. I want to go to multiple places here, so we would probably make a fit out of the way stops. However, San Francisco and Los Angeles are both on my top 5 list! I would probably want to spend a solid week here.

From Los Angeles, we’ll start making our way back to the east coast. There are still so many things to see! We’ll make some stops in Arizona and then stay in Albuquerque with one of my friends from high school that lives out there now. We would most definitely be doing a lot of hiking.

Next, we’ll travel south through Texas, making stops along the way and staying in San Antonio with my roommate’s friend.

The next stop is New Orleans, Louisiana. The goal would be to make it here around Mardi Gras time, because I have always wanted to be there for such a fun event. Look how fun that looks.

We just have one more stop left!!! And that is Nashville, Tennessee. I’ve been there a few times and absolutely love it there. I would even like to live there someday. We would do a ton of hiking and make a special out of the way trip to Dollywood, because I have never wanted to go to an amusement park so bad.

We would then make it back to our home in Fredericksburg!!! This trip would probably take a solid three months and cost a ton of money, so I don’t see it happening anytime soon. BUT it is always nice to have a plan!

I wanted to do this for my last portion of the project, because it involves the theme of the course, and it is a trip I would go on with my closest friends that I have made here at UMW.

Writing Makes the World Go ‘Round

Instead of doing a design assignment, I thought a writing one would be more fitting for me as a student, as I am a sociology major which involves a lot of writing. I’m also not very good at designing photos…and I’m much better at writing.

For this segment, I will continue to tell the story of my college life through all of this different media. I found some fitting writing assignments that relate to this overall theme, and will post some pictures to go along with it.

Assignment 1: I Like to Move it Move it

This assignment caught my attention because of the title to be honest…it reminds me of the cute lemurs from Madagascar (enjoy video below).

For this assignment, my task was to talk about my move in day Freshman year. Perfect for this project, right? I remember move in quite vividly, because there was so much that went on that day. I was a perfect combination of nervous and excited. But above all, I was stressed out and hot. It was a rainy, humid, and steamy day when I moved into Bushnell Hall, which did not have air conditioning (lucky me). My roommate and I got to our room at almost the exact same time, which caused overcrowding problems. My mom, dad, and brother and my roommates mom, dad and brother were all shoved into our moderately sized, non-air conditioned room on a hot summer day in August. Being so uncomfortable, hot and crowded is honestly the thing I remember most of that day.

I also remember being annoyed at my parents, because they were¬†trying to help me unpack and organize everything. I love them both so much, but I was so grumpy because of all of the circumstances, along with being secretly sad. But right after they all left, I was suddenly really scared and sad. My mom and I are extremely close and I didn’t know what I was going to do without her. My dad and I were also close, and he always helped me with literally any problem that I had. And my brother was always good to have around.

I remember having to go to a few orientation events which forced us to get out and meet people, which was good because I probably would’ve sat in my bed all night otherwise. I ended up meeting a lot of great people and had a really good first weekend. It’s so weird to think back to that first day and see how far I have come since then. Below is a picture of my mom and I after organizing a lot of my stuff!

Assignment 2: That Bucket List Though

I thought that this assignment would be fun because I already had a bucket list that I made right before I graduated high school. It’s pretty cool to look at because I have completed a number of things on the list!! Here is my original list made in May 2013:

  1. Travel outside of the country
  2. Go skydiving
  3. Perform something on stage for a group of people (overcome stage fright fear)
  4. Volunteer

I chose these four from my list because I have done something similar to all of them!

 

Travel – I unfortunately did not make it out of the country in the past 3.5 years, but I did travel to a bunch of states! Since I wrote this list, I traveled to a number of new places that I have never been before, including areas near Denver, CO, Vero Beach, FL, and up and down the east coast of Michigan (near Lake Huron).

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Golden, Colorado – I came here over Fall Break to visit my best friend.

Vero Beach, Florida – One of our days off on my Habitat for Humanity trip.

           Lake Huron РMy native Michigan roommate invited me to spend a week traveling around this beautiful state.

 

Skydiving – probably the absolute best day of my entire life. I cannot even begin to describe the incredible feeling I had jumping out of that¬†plane!¬†Even if you’re afraid, do this if you ever get the opportunity. Trust me.

 

Fulfill my dream of performing on stage Рas I have mentioned, my team and I competed in the Lip Sync contest that is held annually the Thursday night of Homecoming week. I absolutely love Lip Sync. My freshman year, my roommate and I went, not even knowing what the heck it was. We happened to be walking by Dodd and saw the mass of people so decided to get in line. Little did we know it was about to be the greatest moment of our entire freshman year that would turn into the all time favorite event.

When I received word that my team wanted to do a Lip Sync, I could not have been more excited. We worked hard all semester and put on a great show! We didn’t place, but I think that we did the absolute best work that we could and we had so much fun with it.

 

Volunteer Рduring spring break of my sophomore and junior year I volunteered on a school Habitat for Humanity trip. I traveled to Knoxville, Tennessee and Vero Beach, Florida. We spent our time volunteering with this organization, that builds homes for people in need. I had always wanted to do something like that, and thought Spring Break would be the perfect opportunity. I had the time of my life and could not have asked for a better experience. I met so many wonderful people and felt like I really made a difference in the world. If you ever have the opportunity to go on a Habitat trip, do it!

I think completing these writing assignments was a great idea and contribution to my final project. My major is very centered on writing anyways, and I got to reflect on a ton of my college experiences through this different category of media.

Listen In at UMW

For my second category, I will focus on Audio. For this I thought it would be really cool to find some songs that trigger memories that I have had throughout my time at UMW.  To find songs that I used to like to listen to over the past several years at school, I first went through my Spotify playlists to see what I was listening to.

  1. Imagine Dragons: my cousin and I went to this awesome concert in September 2013, which was right at the start of my college life. I would listen to this song on repeat.

 

2. Talk Dirty To Me: this song always makes me laugh because it was the song that my teammates and I would always jam the hardest to whenever it came on the radio on the way to practice and regattas. Whenever I hear it now I always think back to that great group of people I became friends with my freshman year.

 

3. IV. Sweatpants: I love Childish Gambino, and this song just reminds me of one of my closest friends from freshman year. It’s a constant on all of my playlists. (I love this man).

 

4. Clique: I will never be tired of this song. My team and I would always use this song to get us hyped up before our races. It was also another one that we would jam out to in the car. I still listen to this song regularly and always think back to those memories.

 

5. Dancing Queen: Everyone has to love this song! Mamma Mia was one of our favorite movies to watch, and we would always dance around to this awesome ABBA jam.

 

6. Roses: On my second Habitat for Humanity trip, taken my junior year, this was OUR SONG. It came on every single time we got into the van. I cannot describe my love for this song or how many memories flood my brain when I hear that piano intro.

 

7. Big Spender: This song may not be as well known, but this is one of the songs in the Lip Sync 2015 routine that my team and I performed. I love the beat to this song and still listen to it constantly.

 

8. Wheezy: Two of my closest friends and I just saw Lil Wayne live back in November. It was probably the most hype experience of my entire life. Who doesn’t love this song and have tons of memories to go along with it. I know I do.

 

9. Wagon Wheel: My mom and I saw Darius Rucker in concert over the summer, which is a great memory. It also relates to college because it’s (surprise surprise) another team song memory. This is definitely one of my top feel good songs.

 

10. I’m Good: speaking of feel good songs, this one is right up there at the top as well. This is another Habitat for Humanity memory, which puts me back in Florida under the warm sun, just happy to be with my new friends and building a house.

 

These are probably the top ten memorable songs that I can come up with from my time here at UMW. I had a lot of fun putting this together, and once again was reminded of some great memories.

My College Life in Some Pictures

Every morning when I wake up (after snoozing several times), I typically look at my phone until I have to muster up the strength to get myself out of bed. The other day, I was looking at my TimeHop app when I came across something that made me smile. For those who do not know what it is, TimeHop is a cool new app that allows you to link various forms of media (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and MySpace) and shows you what you tweeted, posted or blogged on this day for the past however many years you’ve had that account. I love looking at TimeHop because it always reminds me of good or bad memories, or how annoying I was in my 8th grade Facebook posts.

What was the post that made me smile, you ask? It was an Instagram post that I made of my very first college acceptance letter. This letter, from the University of Mary Washington, of course, thrilled me, even¬†I didn’t necessarily want to attend here at that point in time. But it was my first acceptance and I was too excited about it.

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Now, fast foreword FOUR YEARS (#WHAT) and here I am, at the school I first got accepted to, absolutely thrilled that I decided to come here. I have loved pretty much every moment of my time here at this school, and I’m extremely sad to see it almost coming to an end (*tear*). So, to honor the end of my second to last semester at UMW, I have decided to complete my final project on a story of my time here through various forms of media.

The first category I want to focus on for my project is probably the easiest one: visual. To do this, I am going to link any relevant visual assignments that I have done thus far this semester, as well as post multiple photos that I have taken over the past several years.

This first post I have to share is a Daily Create that I did back in September. I had to use an online app to make a photo “old”. I think it’s only fitting that I post this as my first memory, because it was taken my freshman year. It is a photo of the bell tower, which I took from the top floor study room of Randolph.

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The original photo is one of my favorites, because it is a beautiful picture of one of the nicest structures on campus. It shows what is a perfect day at UMW, something I will really, really miss.

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Second, this adorable photo was taken the day that I left for my freshman year here at UMW. So yanno, just getting a little bit sentimental over here.

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This final assignment that I have to share from this semester sums up pretty much all four years I have spent here. As I have shared probably too many times, I joined the rowing team the second month into my freshman year. To this day, I am still great friends with pretty much everyone that has been on the team since my first year. This assignment required me to make a Brady Bunch collage of whatever I wanted, and of course I chose some of my teammates.  The people in this photo are some of my closest friends, and I am so thankful to have all of them in my life.

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To share some of my favorite moments from my college life, I decided to upload some photos to my Flickr account and share them here. I hope you enjoy!

 

I had a lot of fun with this first portion of my project. It was great going through all of my photos from college and it honestly made me quite sentimental. I am looking forward to completing the next three parts of my project!

Progress Report

My project is coming along quite nicely. My idea still stands as piecing together my college experience through video, audio and more. During the past few weeks, I have been taking photos and videos of my experiences. Stay tuned for more updates throughout the week!

The Final Countdown

This week was all about brainstorming some ideas for the final project. It’s a lot hard to come up with than you think it is! I have been thinking all week and still am not sure this is something that I want to do. But I guess that’s the beauty of this project – if I change my mind, I can!! So here is my plan as of today (subject to change):

I want to tell a story about my college experiences through the online world. How do I do this? I’m not completely sure how to go about it, but since we have to use four of the Assignment Bank categories, I figured that visual, audio, video and design would probably be a good place to start. I will update my progress as I get it! Let’s hope this works!

Weekly Summary

Mashups made for a really fun week! I learned a lot about what it takes to make a mashup, whether it be music, video or photo. I did three Mashup Assignments throughout the week, all of which were really fun and interesting to do. The first required me to make a mashup of all of scenes of my favorite TV character. I chose Ross from friends, because he has way too many funny scenes. You can check that out here.

For my second  assignment, I simply mashed a picture of an emoji with my friend making the same face, using the PicStitch app. Here is where you can find this assignment.

My final assignment was a little bit of a struggle. I had to combine two movie posters and make it into one. Here it is!

I did two daily creates this week, which were not very creative this week, but here they are!

Overall I had a great week! See you next week.

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Assignment 3: Movie Mashup (4.5 stars)

This assignment gave me a little more trouble that I thought I would have and in the end, I’m not really please with how it came out. However, here is what I came up with! My task was to combine two movies and make a mashup movie poster. To do this, I put two photos on a word document and put them together. I¬†chose both of these movies because the names go together pretty well.

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