Welcome to Fall semester 2008

Boy this one has hit me upside the head. There are at least a half-dozen plausible explanations, but frankly I am too behind at the moment to make excuses.

I’m back at BYU. Taking some fabulous classes from some truly remarkable professors, [some others of whom have yet to develop much of a web presence :)] In several of said fabulous classes, we’ve been asked to blog [or journal] our way through the semester, beginning as always with introductions. In the interest of time, and space in your feed-readers, I am going to attempt to cover all of these introductions under the following title: “What My Fall08 Semester Schedule Says About Me”

The first thing you’ll likely notice is that all the course numbers in my schedule start with a 5, 6, or 7. That’s because I am a grad student.

Next, you’ll notice that there are quite a few of them…probably more than any reasonable person would take, and probably more than my wise advisors advised. That’s because I am crazy…and sometimes not very good at taking advise.

Then, you might be puzzled as to why half of the classes start with MBA, and half with IPT. This is because I do much better with people than things, or even ideas, and I’m fascinated by courses like “Third World Development,” “Designing and Leading Teams,” and “Power, Influence and Negotiation.” I want to change the world.

Knowing that, some of the other courses might puzzle you still more; “Web Analytics” and “New Media and Learning” for example. I’m taking these courses because I am repenting. For years now, I have quite purposefully, and I might now say rather arrogantly and short-sightedly, passed off all responsibility for the 1’s and 0’s side of all this remarkable technology to someone else…anyone else. I recognize now that I have a responsibility of basic technological literacy that I have let slide in the name of “doing what you’re good at,” and I am really trying to eat crow fresh…plus, the courses are actually very interesting.

Lastly, though I don’t think you could get this from the schedule, Fall 2008 says that I still love to learn. I love being challenged. I love feeling my brain stretch when someone suggests a perspective I’ve never thought of. I love the way that all the truths from metatags to metaphysics somehow weave themselves together into my heart and change me. I love the power and potential of this community I’ve been welcomed into. It’s going to be a great game.

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