What did I learn from this social media class? I think the better question is, what DIDN’T I learn? From the start, I was kind of a hopeless one. I was the only person who wasn’t a journalism major, wanted to pursue a career in dentistry, and the probably the only person who didn’t know where to start with a Twitter account or a blog. I basically started from scratch (So Carol, you should be proud. Everything I know, you taught me). I had never heard of LinkedIn, Klout, Kred, Social Mention, didn’t know how to use GooglePlus, etc. I’m not exaggerating when I say that I no knowledge of Social Media. I just about had a Facebook account.
This class taught me more than throwing my name out there and handling more accounts than I can imagine. I learned that Social Media is not just for entertainment purposes. We learned in this class how to make a personal brand, make a name for yourself really. I think my favorite assignment was writing a sentence that sums yourself up. I never really thought of how to put my personality and my goals in one sentence. I didn’t even think such a thing was possible! Social Media is for making connections too. It is about interacting with everyone else and not just your friends. They say that networking is how you get your foot in the door and Social Media opens up so many more opportunities.
I really enjoyed that in this class, we were able to do such a wide variety. We went to the Humane Society and who would have known that has to do with Social Media? It was interesting to see how companies like the Humane Society needs one particular person who’s job is to manage all of the Social Media. It really makes a difference for a company like that because it allows the public know the new animals that need a home. Otherwise, what are the chances that a person just walks in and wants to adopt an animal. By using Social Media, people are able to see and fall in love with an animal ahead of time and animals are able to be adopted quicker. I also liked how we looked at KONY 2012. That was inspiring and makes me want to contribute. It’s amazing how powerful and much impact a 20 minute movie can have. To tie everything up, presenting a Social Media plan created by each of us, we learn to put ourselves in the real world and complete and assignment that is very realistic, while also presenting to the class–not my favorite thing, but I learned that practice is important!
Overall, I really enjoyed this class. Sure it’s easy to pick up another psychology class for my major, but branching out and trying a journalism class, I feel more rounded as a person knowledgeable, and ready for the real world.
Tags: Social Media class, Facebook, KONY 2012, Humane Society