Time flies, huh?

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.

The making of a podcast

This symbol has haunted me for about the past week.  I clicked on it daily to start yet another GarageBand file to begin recording, editing and editing some more.  Before this project, I was definitely no expert on podcasts but I’d listened to a few, and I had no idea how much work went into making one.

Using GarageBand was definitely an experience.  I’ve been writing for my school’s newspaper this semester, so I’ve had a little experience with GarageBand, but recording was about as far as I got.  When it came to editing, my partner Greta and I were both pretty clueless.  But after hours spent with the program, we eventually got the hang of it, and I think we both had more fun than we planned with this project.  When I told my boyfriend about it, he said, “That sounds like a pretty fun project.”  My response? Ehhh, not really.  But 10 hours of work later, it really wasn’t so bad.  I actually enjoyed putting everything together into one final product that I truly felt proud of.  We ended up re-recording all of our parts on Tuesday night, but I think it was worth it.  Not only was it a LOT easier than going through and editing out every little “um” or awkward pause, but I think it made the podcast a lot better in the end.  I’m proud of the work we did and I hope Greta can say the same!