Semesters come and go pretty fast. Even as a professor, it seems like yesterday we started the semester – but time goes by fast when you are busy and working on multiple projects and classes. It does seem like yesterday where I walked into class for Fall 2013 and met my new social media class back in August.
Now, we are heading not only to the holiday season, but the conclusion of the fall semester. One of the last blog assignments I had for my #Freberg13 class was to reflect on the class this semester. I wanted to see what they were able to talk away from the course, what they liked and what they didn’t like, and what their plans were after the semester. I felt this was a way for me to prepare for the upcoming class in the Spring as well as see what were some of the elements I could continue to do or even improve on.
However, what I read from these posts was something I did not expect. I was truly touched by what the students wrote about in their reflection posts because I really got to see what they took away from the class. What resulted was a clear indication on why I decided to go into teaching – it was to work with some inspirational and wonderful students who are set forth to make a difference in the field. Their inspiration, creativity, and energy is exactly why I feel teaching is so rewarding.
I can see the evolution they all went through in this social media class and there’s nothing more exciting to hear one getting a job or internship from what they learned in class or looking at the field as something they want to pursue. Here are a few class reflection posts I wanted to share with you all:
I have to admit, I did tear up a bit when I read some of these posts because I am SO proud of all of my students in #Freberg13. The class hashtag was not only used to share updates and information with the students, but it was about building a community. It was about sparking dialogue, engaging with everyone in (and sometimes outside of the class) about topics related to social media, and making connections with the industry. It was about also leading by example to be engaged with the materials, sharing ideas, and practicing using these tools to share information and knowledge with others.
To my #Freberg13 students: the thanks goes to each and every one of you in class for making this a wonderful semester. It has been an great honor and privilege for me to be your professor this semester. I know you all will continue to do fabulous things after this class and out in the social media profession. And, as Ron Burgundy would tell you all, stay fabulous, #Freberg13.
Have a wonderful day!