Final Year, New Course: Week one in DS106

I am extremely excited that this is my final semester as an undergraduate student. My undergraduate story is longer than the average student. I started my undergraduate degree in 2006 and will finish this year. Life happened in the middle of that time frame, but I am extremely proud to finally complete this goal that I set forth.
With these being my final semester, I decided to take a course that sits outside my major (Leadership and Management) I chose DS 106 because I heard through fellow classmates that this course was one of their favorites at UMW. I work in a heavy technology environment as well so I felt that this course would offer many takeaways.
This first week in DS 106 has been a huge eye opening experience. What I mean by that is I didn’t realize how little I knew about website design. There will definitely be a learning curve that I will need to catch up on but I am ready for the challenge. The one aspect in this class that I feel comfortable with from the start is the use of social media. I have been using Twitter and Instagram for over 5 years and love what each platform brings. I am excited to use social media to interact with my fellow students in this class.
One of the most intriguing part of this course I am looking forward to is reading and learning about the apocalypse. Personally, I do not have much a relationship with fictional apocalyptical material. I am much more of a non-fictional fan so I am excited to take a step out of my norm. I believe the only experience I have with post apocalyptical material is watching The Walking Dead. I really enjoyed the first four seasons of the show, but quickly lost interest. The biggest problem I had with the show was the plot lacking any urgency to find out the reason behind everyone getting sick. It seemed like the show just adds a new villain each season and they fight the same old fights. There ends my rant on the walking dead…
Sticking with the theme of The Walking Dead, I would have to say that genre of post-apocalyptic fiction is the most intriguing to me. This is probably because out of all the genres, I feel like a deadly virus or sickness is probably the most plausible to occur. I have such a non-fiction mind, I have to find some way back to my root! Ha!
I am extremely excited about participating in this course and look forward to blogging about my journey along the way!
-Geoff