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W10: Transition to College

It is exciting knowing that it is already my tenth week here at Marietta College!  The most difficult part of my college transition has definitely been time management due to the fact that I am a commuter.  I live about 25 minutes away from Marietta College, and on a normal day I have to make two trips from home to the college due to the fact that I have morning/early afternoon classes and then extracurricular activities late in the evenings.  Although driving nearly two hours every day can be difficult, I have learned to adapt well by making use of every spare moment.  While I find college classes much more difficult than my high school classes, my favorite things about Marietta College are the friendliness of the professors and students, the leadership program, and the Greek community (especially my Sigma Kappa sisters).  I can’t wait to see what opportunities the future will bring!

W9: Major

I have not yet decided on a major here at Marietta College, however there are majors that I am interested in and am considering to declare as my major.  I am very interested in majors that are a part of the Business field, such as management, economics, and finance.  I have always enjoyed classes at high school and topics that involve Business, therefore I think this is a good field for me.  While I am fairly certain I will major in something Business related, I do not have enough experience to decide on whether I want to major in management, economics, or finance.  I am also interested in double-majoring, because I think that would help me find jobs easier since I would have knowledge on a variety of subjects.  Therefore, in order to decide what I would like to major in, I would like to take more Business classes and have experience working somewhere that relates to my major.

W8: Social Media in Society

Social media has become a very popular and useful tool for people in today’s society.  People can use social media to impact society by sharing information about news, current events, and entertainment.  While most people I know use social media to spread true information about news or entertainment, many people in the world do not.  While an advantage of social media is that information can be spread quickly to people across the world, it can also be a disadvantage if people spread false information or information that is harmful to people.  For example, many celebrities use social media to their advantage by promoting their television shows, online videos, movies, or music. However, social media can negatively affect celebrities if people post false information about them, spread harmful information about them, or hack and share their personal information.

W7: Capgemini and UPMC

Capgemini and UPMC (University of Pittsburgh Medical Center) are two companies that rely on technology for their employees to perform their daily tasks.  Capgemini is a company that helps its clients “transform in order to improve their performance and competitive positioning”.  Capgemini works with many well-known companies (Microsoft, IBM, etc.) and many regional companies, and helps them to better connect with their customers. Capgemini works with companies that are involved in global markets, and uses multiple types of technology (especially mobile devices) to help the companies grow.  UPMC is a medical center located in Pittsburgh, but is becoming more global by expanding centers to other countries.  UPMC relies on technology to store all of its patients medical records and is necessary for its employees to provide their services.

W6: Assignment 3

For my assignment 3 project, I would like to talk about how Britain uses the Internet for commerce, education, cultures, entertainment, and how their practices differ from those of the United States of America.  I chose to research Britain for this assignment because I feel that the U.S. and Britain share many of the same uses for the Internet. I know that the U.S. and Britain share many of the same interests for entertainment (television shows, movies, books, singers, etc.), but I do not know exactly how Britain uses the Internet for commerce, education, culture, and practices different from the U.S. I am very excited to see the similarities and differences between the ways the people of Britain and the U.S. use the Internet.

W5: America’s Role in Spreading Technology

I find the question of whether or not the United States of America should help other countries gain access to the digital world very interesting because I understand both opinions on this situation of America intervening to help other countries.  While there are advantages of America helping other countries, including giving the people of those countries more opportunities, better communication, and more knowledge of the rest of the world, ultimately, I do not think America should intervene.  I feel that the United States should not spend time and money on assisting other countries to help them gain access to the digital world, because I think there are more important things that the U.S. could help them with instead.  For instance, if people of the United States really want to help other countries, they need to spend their time and money on more important issues such as helping provide the basic essentials of life, such as water, food, and shelter, to people of other countries rather than technology.

W4: Technology 1981-1994

There were many advances in computing that occurred from 1981 to 1994.  Two events from the slides that we saw in class that drew my attention were in 1983 when Microsoft announced Word, (originally called Multi-Tool Word), and in 1988 when Pixar’s “Tin Toy” became the first computer-animated film to win an Academy Award.  These two events drew my attention the most because Microsoft Word and Pixar are both still very well-known today because of the impact that they have had on the world.  Microsoft Word is used daily by millions of people across the globe and Pixar continues to make award-winning movies including “Toy Story”, “Monsters Inc.”, “Finding Nemo”, and “Up” that have been seen by people all across the world.

W3: Changes in Technology

It is evident that technology has changed over the years, but I hadn’t realized how drastically technology has changed until Professor Van Camp showed us the evolution of technology from the 1800s to today in class on Wednesday.  I love to listen to music, therefore I am interested in the change of technology that involves music.  It is incredible how much easier it is to buy and listen to music today compared to decades ago.  I remember when I was younger and my mom showed me her collection of records and cassette tapes whenever CDs and CD players started to become popular.  I couldn’t believe the difference in size and user-friendliness between records/cassette tapes and CDs.  Then as I got older CDs were replaced with MP3 players and iPods, making purchasing and listening to music anywhere much easier.  A couple of years later the iPod Touch came out, which was an even more user-friendly version than the iPod nano and MP3 players.  Today most people listen to music on their phones either by listening to music they’ve purchased, or listening to music for free on apps such as Pandora.  Technology has changed so much within the past decade it is hard to imagine upcoming changes in technology for future decades.

W2: Impact of Technology

Technology has a strong impact on America’s labor force and the global labor force. Technology has positively impacted the work force by helping companies become more efficient. For instance, technology allows companies to produce more goods by using machinery and assembly lines, technology helps companies produce goods faster which leads to more profit, and technology is used by companies to do tasks that would be considered too dangerous for their employees.  Although there are countless advantages of technology on the labor force, there are also many disadvantages. Some disadvantages include that companies could have technical difficulties with their equipment, the employees would have to be trained to operate the computers and other machinery, some equipment could be hazardous to workers, and because technology is cheaper and more efficient for companies compared to hiring employees, many people lose their jobs. While there are multiple disadvantages of technology on the labor force, I believe that the advantages of technology outweigh the disadvantages and that technology has and will continue to positively impact the global labor force.

Week 1: Social Media

Social media is a highly controversial topic in today’s society.  Every day there are stories on the news about the advantages and disadvantages of social media.  For instance, the ALS “Ice Bucket Challenge” has recently made national headlines with the help of social media.  Besides helping organizations advertise  and raise money, other advantages of social media include helping people stay connected with friends, family, classmates, etc., it helps provide opportunities for people and businesses, and it helps people stay up-to-date with news.  Although there are countless advantages of social media, there are also multiple disadvantages.  For example, people can embarrass themselves or lose their jobs because of what they post on social media sites, much of the information found on social media sites is not true, and many people argue that social media has made it much more difficult for people to talk to other people in person.  While I believe social media is a useful tool, I think it is also important that people limit the amount of time they spend on social media sites and protect themselves from being harmed from social media.