Thinking: Personal Cyberinfrastructure

Throughout this blog post, I will explain my thoughts and feelings about being a university student in the digital age, what I hope to gain from my University experience, and give my view on Gardner Campbell’s ideas about a personal cyber infrastructure.

Being a university student in the Digital age, I feel that most of the classes that I have taken so far could have benefited from the use of technology in the classroom, such as posting assignments online or having a question and answer board for the class to use. The amount of classes that I had so far that actually utilize those resources, however, was very small. Moreover, the further I reflect upon my college experience the more I realize that the amount of teachers willing to take such a technological step, though drastic by no means, were few at best. On the contrary, I can remember more than one occasion in which the teacher had openly admitted not being good with the internet or “technology” in general, and proceeded to teach like they had for the last 30 years. While understandable, I think it would be much more efficient to learn a technology as it comes along. This is easier said than done; as this would require them to spend their precious time and money on learning something that has newly arrived to market.

In general, I hope to acquire a better understanding of the world around me and further reasoning capabilities in order to more efficiently accomplish my goals for the future. Thinking back to when I first began my college career, I thought that upon completion of my University degree, I would be completely prepared for my future job having completed all the necessary courses that were deemed necessary in order to be successful at said future job. To my surprise, and mixed emotion, I have learned that this was definitely not the case. Indeed, I did learn about the general principles of marketing, economics, finance, etc., but I slowly came to the realization that this was not what college was all about (for me at least). I found out that college was more like an amalgam of learning about subjects that you really wanted to learn, really didn’t want to learn, and perhaps the most important thing: subjects that you weren’t interested in originally but eventually found them to be quite interesting or learned to appreciate the meaning of its importance.

So my current wish as to what I want to get out of my university experience would be to learn as much as I can about the world and what composes it, in order to better myself. This means that I want to learn about subjects that I like, don’t like, or maybe even find pointless, as there is meaning in everything we learn, whether we realize it or not. Technology is no exception, and I wish to gain as much information about the growing cyber-world that is constantly evolving alongside the “real one” from classes such as this one.

In regard to Campbell’s ideas regarding personal cyber infrastructure, I think that if they were, in fact, implemented it would bring about a plethora of change for the better, as it would encourage the use of technology throughout other facets of life as people graduate from school and would also encourage innovation. I think, ultimately, his idea is good but the implementation would be extremely hard, if not impossible, to implement. There are plenty of people who have a hard time, or I should say lack of will power, to even maintain a simple blog such as this one, even if it is required to get a good grade in college. Making everyone in charge of their own web server is simple. Making everyone use that web server to the best of their own ability is a different thing entirely. Again, I think his idea is a good one, but in order to implement such a plan, it would have to be thought of carefully. It would not only raise tuition but also lessen time available to study or attend other classes.

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Time

Time.

When I was just a child growing up, it seemed as though time crawled by. A single day seemed forever, and completion of a school year marked the end of an eternity.

During middle school and high school, things still passed by slowly. Everyday wasn’t a perpetual interlude as it was in the previous stage of my life; however, it still went by all too grudgingly.

After graduation from high school and making that move in to college, it seems as though time was put on fast forward. Even now, in my fourth year of college, I can clearly remember my early freshman days as vividly as if they were yesterday’s memories. Now, instead of having to kill time daily, I’m wishing there were more hours in the day.
Seriously! There should be more. I mean, look at all the other planets. Most of them have days that entirely eclipse our own earth’s rotation period. Considering how much work I have ahead of me, I’m kind of jealous of Venus’ day length right now. It has a 243 earth-day day. Heck, its year is shorter than its day at only 224 earth days. Imagine that! If someone told you that you had to hand a report in tomorrow or do a presentation, you wouldn’t have to worry about it at all. Granted, I’m sure everyone would still do it at the last possible minute like they always do, but hey, at least there’s some extra time to kill.

Anyway, all the work, papers, and other school assignments that I have piled on my to-do-list have me wishing occasionally that there were a couple extra hours in the day.
I’m there are some of you out there who feel the same, so let me know what planet you would need to live on to get your work done in the comments box below.