Throughout this semester my knowledge of the digital world has grown exponentially. It has gone from seeing how some people find success as being a social media star to learning about the impact the digital community has on the world. The era of digital media is upon us and is rapidly growing and changing. We live in a world where new technological advances emerge weekly and jobs involving digital communications are on the rise. Glynda Hull’s article, At Last: Youth Culture and Digital Media: New Literacies for New Times, covers how in order to make it in today’s world a person needs to be digitally literate. This growing platform has so much to offer and in order to succeed in a digital market a person needs to know how to market themself to others to prove their knowledge of the digital field. From this past semester of digital communications I have learned myself how to become digitally literate and the benefits that it has on my future. Opening my eyes to new platforms like Audacity and learning who to create my own website as well as market myself have been skills that will have an enormous amount of impact on my skill sets and has greatly enhanced my digital literacy.
Though I learned many things this from this semester long experience my highs and low were defiantly clear. It became very apparent to me that I am a leader and I take charge very quickly. While that may be a good thing most of the time it can also have a negative impact by causing copious amounts of unpredicted stress. But through all the stress faced by taking on major projects I was able to find the digital platforms that I loved best. I was able to define my passion for the video and film platform and learn and play with video editing. This helped influence and seal my ideas of entering the film industry in the future and gave me valuable insight and perspective into the work that it takes to produce a film no matter how short or long. My group’s video regarding Downtown Greenville, SC and it’s relationship with Furman turned out to be a success but not after a ton of hard work and detailed time management. It also became very obvious to me that audio is an extremely delicate media to work with and requires the utmost patience to perfect. The product that I can say I am most proud of would be my personal website. I never would have thought I could create something like that but with enough time and practice I am beyond happy with what I have made to show people in the future.
This class showed me how to market myself and my personal brand to the public in what I want to do and how crucial that is in a person’s career. While designing my website I found that having a digital resume is far more savvy than your typical black and white resume and how branding your website you are presenting yourself to the world and possible employers. My showcasing my skills on website I was able to highlight my assets while also providing a professional portfolio of all my work. The skills I have learned over the past fews months will make all the difference in my future personal and career hopes and it truly proved that with a hard work and dedication anyone can become digitally literate.