This semester, I had not expected MIDE 300 to be as different and insightful as it was. I was expecting a traditional class where you memorize business concepts and are told to apply them to fake scenarios, but was pleasantly surprised with a class unlike one I have ever taken before. The way we learned different ways to think through cool, hands-on projects was something I found really enjoyable. I am disappointed we did not get to experience the entirety of the class as it was meant to be, including the website design portion, but I still feel as though the core habits we were taught will stick with me in the future.
I feel like one of the most notable things I learned in this class is that I am not good at embracing ambiguity. This became readily apparent when we would have assignments, such as the room creation assignment, where the guidelines and rules of the assignment where open to interpretation and vague. I realized that I struggled to decide how to approach the assignment because of the lack of rules. One of the things that I found helped this was the constraint maps we made. These helped narrow down the parameters of the projects and made it easier to start them, hurrying up the process.
One thing I noticed that I excelled at was creative confidence. I don’t often plan out what I am going to do, just jump in and wing it. This allows me to commit to an idea quickly and see the idea through until completion, because I didn’t spend a lot of time questioning my plan. I found this to be both a good and bad thing. It meant that I had more faith in my end products because I didn’t question them and compare them to alternatives, but it also meant that I may have missed a better idea by not considering many different ideas.
After going through this course, the one thing I want to work on most is the child’s eye perspective. I noticed I am not as observant as I want to be and I think practicing a child’s eye perspective could help with that. Overall, I think the habits I learned in this course and going to help me in my future to complete assignments as both an artist and student. Hopefully I can learn some more good habits and drop the bad habits I have as this quarantine continues.