Henry Huang

            Introduction to Interdisciplinary Studies is a three-credit course, meeting Tuesday nights or Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. It is required for all Interdisciplinary Studies majors and is one of two specific IDS classes. Going in I knew that we were going to be creating the rest of our college career class schedules, but I did not know what else we would be doing. To learn that designing our major was only a third of the course I was a bit perplexed, what else would we do in the class?

            I was and am excited to also cover how to use and what other digital resources are at our disposal and what it means to be an interdisciplinarian. I am a believer in the power of a liberal arts education and see my pursuit of an IDS major simply as an extension of my liberal arts requirements. It allows one to mix and match what they would like to learn and what they need to know for their desired field. I brought up the two different sections of the class because I see a benefit to being in the absurdly long, two-and-a-half-hour class. I believe that this major and specific class requires a lot of communication between yourself, your advisor, other professors in the generic fields of study that you have interests in, the registrar, and professionals who are currently working in your job industry. Although the evening class is long and can be weary, taking small breaks and proactively fighting the potential tiredness, as we did with the scavenger hunt, are excellent ways to keep our attention focused. The extended class provides the time for immediate feedback between students and Dr. Cheney and visiting professors or guests. I would rather have most of the conversations face to face on Tuesday, rather than broken up over many emails between the shorter class sessions.

            It was also nice to see that this is a TECO course and on the first day we start with some TECO experience. Learning about and using was cool to see this whole underbelly of annotation. I am curious to look at other web pages and articles that I frequent and see what commentary is there, that I didn’t know existed before. It is almost like a subculture of annotators on the internet that haven’t quite become known in the mainstream. I know this is just one tool we will consistently use in this class, and I am looking forward to more. For my ePort, I am struggling to create a name and an image of how I want the webpage to be. I have been racking my brain for a witty web address that also includes something I love. I want it not to just be my name but an extension of myself. It would also provide me an opportunity to showcase an aspect of myself when I present it to future employers and they ask, “where did the name come from?”

            I enjoyed our first class together and am looking forward to this semester. I can see a lot of interesting, fun, promising things to learn ahead of me in this class and I cannot wait to learn and apply it all. I am especially curious in designing and creating a professional web page to store and exemplify my work.

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