December 12, 2010
End of the Fall 2010 Semester: Wrap-up and Look-ahead
Almost everyone would say: “I can’t believe how quickly it goes!” Yes I feel the same way, but somehow I feel this has also been a slow-going semester, probably because I’ve learned so much in relatively such a short time.
It is hard to summarize the overall gain, but I am trying:
A. I got myself into the world of HCI! It has been a long way from the initial contact and interest to the final decision of completing this specialization requirement. I feel fearless with full passion! Sometimes I told myself I could still go back to the museum world if I fail in HCI, but I want to make a difference! This time, first and foremost for my own interest and passion! In the meantime, after all, I don’t want to give up on LIS (because of all the connections with my previous background), so I will keep both of them going for now.
B. I’ve learned plenty of new perspectives from great classes, in particular, SI502 for programming and networked computing, SI 688 for new perspectives of learning human behavior in application to interactive system design and evaluation.
C. I start to have the sense of belonging to the great SI community. I got THE BEST team work experience with my 501 group (thanks again Brian, Jeff, and Emily!). I am looking forward to melting into SI more~
D. In addition to the study, I am slowly adjusting to the life in Ann Arbor. I’ve seen the greatest snow in my life today and took an outdoor adventure to take photos (to share with my family in China) ~ The snow and coldness somehow gives me the clarity of mind.
There got to be more but these are all for now. So, looking ahead next semester:
A. I want to make more friends at SI…maybe consider going to the happy hours? Yeah I admit I’ve been a little introvert this semester due to the heavy coursework, but that is just an excuse. SI people I am coming at you in January~
B. By taking the essential “user experience research” class SI 622 “Evaluation of Systems and Services”, I hope to have a much clearer idea of what I can do within HCI.
C. More training on programming and design through SI 539 “Design of Complex Websites.”
D. Find a good summer internship in China – where I want to work after graduation, of course!
I will finish up everything tomorrow and fly back to China the day after. See you all in the new semester~
Posted by shichen at December 12, 2010 10:58 PM