So, the end of the semester has come, and we are moving on further into our majors.
Honestly, in my heart, there will never be another class like CT 101 without Professor Seslow, why because of him the experience I had in this class will be absolutely “unforgettable”.
It’s sad, the semester ended so quickly, so here’s a Song from Boys II To Men!! You all know it.
However, that does not mean I am not happy about the semester ending. I am overjoyed, that it’s finally over now, and my finals are done. Holiday break… here I come.
NOW: Let’s look back through the semester, shall we…
Truth is, I never wanted to take a CT course, but my advisor suggested I take it to further my chances of graduating faster and to see what the course was really going to be. At the time I needed one more class to complete my fall semester. So, I said ” what the heck”, and I added the class to my schedule for the rest of the term.
What I didn’t expect to discover was the class to be so fun, exciting, interesting, and creative. It literally blows my mind to find out that I get to create my own website http://cherrybob.net/ with GIF, memes, animated gif portraits, vaporware, and so much more. I have blogged before in the past, but this class took it to a whole new level for me, and at that moment I knew this was going get life-changing.
Professor Seslow was the most laid-back professor that I’ve ever had in my college year so far. He was cool and relaxed enough to make the class feel comfortable around him without the stress of having to sit in a lectured class listening to a boring teacher talk for the last 3 to 4 hours.
I am very grateful for his help and guidance throughout everything I’ve learned, and I will definitely be using his techniques to further my website in the future.
Within the first start week of the semester, we worked on our first assignment, when we had to post a blog on what makes us happy. Here is mine: I talked about Childish Gambino, an artist who speaks the truth about our society as black people in the modern-day 21st century. He had me thinking about my future in the world with all of its political and social injustice rising in our communities every day. I was very happy to write about someone who influenced me in my young life. https://wp.me/p7rH6k-6C0.
The second week was when everything really started to get more interesting, and that was creating Gifs out of YouTube videos. Now, I have heard and seen Gifs before. But, creating one was not what I was expecting to do in just the second week. However, I could have not been any more wrong because it turns out, it was very fun to do, especially using websites like https://giphy.com/ and https://imgur.com/. These sites gave us a chance to develop our gifs with captions and/or phrases that mean something to us. My first gif was on my nervous reaction to CT 101 on the first day, the stories Professor Seslow was telling us, gaining the ability to develop and design sitting at a computer desk, coming up with new ideas on how I wanted to express myself, and how happy and fulfilled I was to have an opportunity to test out my new skills on my website. Here again is one of my works https://wp.me/p7rH6k-6DG
Memes were introduced to us during the third week of the semester. Professor Seslow poses the question to the class and even showed us a video on what people think about memes being art. Memes have been a trend for so long that even business companies and political campaigns are using them. You see them on the trains and in the buses, billboards with models, and on the internet such as Twitter, and Facebook. These examples are references to how popular memes have become over the years. What I learned from creating memes is that they’re truly art, why because it allows people to express in words and in pictures. It gives people a chance to have” freedom of voice” in “digital storytelling”. You simply design memes by using Photoshop, which is another aspect of this great class. Getting the ability to design anything you want with a variety of different features, and my favorite feature of Photoshop is the 3D feature. I can enhance and move around the words/phrases all over the images I am creating. Learning how to design memes were very trendy and I would like to make more of them.
Here is where my frustration comes in now, the fourth week was learning how to take a Panoramic photo. I did not like this assignment so much because it was very hard to construct. My group & I had to decide what we should do in order to make our photo different/unique from everyone else. The idea of it at first was fascinating because I have never done a panoramic photo before. I did not even know it was on my phone, to begin with, dumb…I know don’t tell me okay. I hardly ever took photos on my phone, I usually use my digital camera. So, facing this challenging, frustrating task. My group and I decided to use the video recording studio in the class, that was laid out with a few weird mannequins wearing wigs, beyond other things. It took a while for us to figure what to do, in the process we even asked Professor Seslow for help, so he helped us by clearly restating the directions step by step for us to understand. And it truly did help a lot, and once again I am very grateful for his teachings. Though Professor Seslow taught us how to do a panoramic photo, it might be something I don’t try again in the near future.
Here is OUR GROUP PANORAMIC PHOTO: CHECK IT OUT… Sorry, it’s so small. This is us sitting in chairs having a social conversation with the mannequins (crazy I know right) will the best results probably come out with having the craziest of ideas. On the other side of the room, we are posing with half of the mannequins in our hands.
For the last couple of weeks, we have worked on so many different things such as gif portraits: https://wp.me/p7rH6k-6Wi, https://wp.me/p7rH6k-71B, using Photoshop and designing our vaporware: https://wp.me/p7rH6k-7g0. The class just kept getting better and better every upcoming week. To the point, it was hard to imagine having to leave it at the end of the semester. Nothing can’t untaught from what we know from Professor Seslow. I hope in the future I get to take his class again, where he brings more exciting things forward.
Near the final ending of CT 101, Professor Seslow starting on us building our websites, by creating our domain names, adding our first blog post, updating it with Akismet-anti spam, Jetpack, display an entry photo for when viewers look into our website, and many other features to make our site presentable to the public internet. It was beyond wonderful, chic and trendy to build our websites, especially if we want to further promote it in the future when we move onto our careers.
I most definitely will be using my website to build on my freelancing photojournalism career. When I decided to travel the world, taking photos and profile article reports on people all over the world. I don’t know if my goal will be reached but I will try my best to make it in this competitive field.
Overall, I find this class to be very intriguing, engaging, and exciting, even though I was stress over having to take five classes this semester. I manage to make it to CT 101 every day, in hopes of learning something and being successful in it. I can say the work I produced for the class was at least to its minimum compacity to what I was assigned to do. I really hope my posts get me enough to pass the class. The deserving grade I would assess myself to receive would be a B or B+ because I most definitely worked my hardest to get as much blog posts up as possible. In the end, I can say I am glad my advisor suggested I take this class, or else I wouldn’t have known, what a great person Professor Seslow is and how he opened my mind to new things I can use in the future to teach others as he helped me. A connection really builds in this class, and I am glad I was a part of it. So, Thank you Professor Seslow, never stop teaching because you definitely have more lives to change. You have made me appreciate life in my work to how far I can go with it. Thank you!!!