Mid-Way Through and Going Strong!

This week marks the halfway point of our first semester in the iMedia program. With midterm papers and projects being turned it, it’s now easy for us to understand just how much knowledge this program will provide for us. At this point, we’ve learned a few things and have turned in a few projects.

Here’s a look at what we’ve done so far:

  • Decided on and researched what we hope will be our capstone projects- Though some people will change their minds, we’ve spent the last six weeks researching and writing a literature review that explains a topic that we are interested and are excited to explore.
  • Coded a few websites- Whether writing media queries to make a site responsive, using frameworks to create mock-ups or making our resumes interactive, we’ve got a lot of HTML, CSS and JavaScript under our belts.
  • Made art- At this point, we’ve showed our fellow class members who we are through self-portraits and created typefaces for an Alien race of our choosing. The creativity of this year’s class is truly evident through the innovation and uniqueness that has been shown through these projects.
  • Programmed…A lot- Though we’ve spent most of our time until now trying to understand the basics of using JavaScript, we’ve just recently learned how to apply these languages and create basic sites. This week’s big project is our midterm JQuery assignment where we have to make a gallery explaining how to do an activity. This project has tested the limits of many of us as we’ve spent hours trying to create a simple gallery website. However, no need to worry because we all know that it’s worth the hard work and the feeling once you’ve figured it out is better than anything else.

So why should you care about all the work that we’ve been doing? What does this mean to you? iMedia is special because of the condensed time frame of the program. 10 months is an extremely short time to learn this skills, but somehow it’s possible. However, iMedia is about more than just learning technical skills. Along with the things we’ve learned in our classes, we’ve learned that iMedia becomes a family over time. Late nights and group projects mean that you truly get to know who you’re working on and those tough days become easier because everyone is going through it together and you have each other to lean on.

So, after finishing roughly a fourth of my Master’s program, I can confidently say that things are going well for everyone. Let’s hope that everyone has a chance to rest and rejuvenate over fall break because, when we come back, we have 7 months to go!

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