Surprisingly, this semester has gone by pretty quickly for me. After spring break, I thought it would drag on and on. Luckily, the past four weeks have been very busy for me, so the time has passed quickly. I can’t believe it’s already time for finals!
When I enrolled in electronic communications, I didn’t know what to expect. All I knew from past classmates was that it involved blogging. And obviously, that part was true. I learned about so much more than that, though. Before taking this class, I barely knew how to use Garage Band, and I own a Mac Book. Basically, all I knew was how to record. I’d never played around with editing or the Garage Band sounds or anything like that. After doing the Cinema Scoop podcast with Greta, I learned how to put in sound effects and edit the podcast to make it sound somewhat professional. So much more work went into podcasts than I ever imagined.
Personally, I found the podcast to be the most difficult project of the semester. Making my soundslide and video projects was a lot of work, but putting it all together was so simple, thanks to the Soundslides and iMovie applications. I’m really glad I got to learn how to use iMovie because I think it will be very helpful in the future, whether it be with school, my career or just everyday life.
Our final project was to make a mockup of a portfolio website. As this was the last project, I was a little scared. The projects had seemed to get more complicated throughout the semester, and making a website sounded hard. But thanks to Adobe Fireworks, it was simple. Hyperlinks, pictures and layouts were unbelievably easy with Fireworks.
We worked a little bit with PhotoShop as well in class, which I thought was fun. I’m far from being an expert, but I’d eventually like to save up to buy Creative Suite while I’m still a student (discount!) and I look forward to using other programs like this when I take a graphic design class in the fall.
Overall, electronic communications was a very worthwhile class and I’m so glad I took it. The projects were a lot of work, but in the end, I definitely think working as hard as I did on them is worth it. I know I’ve learned a lot that will be able to be applied to my future…whatever that may be.