I picked up my cap and gown today, and if that wasn’t enough of a reality check, fifteen international clocks are currently staring down at me- reminding me that my time at the University of Florida is rapidly coming to an end. So what’s up with the clocks, you ask? I’m referring to the fact that I’m writing this blog from UF’s premier, state-of-the-art media lab, The Center for Media Innovation and Research (aka CMIR). On the back wall, large clocks reveal different time zones throughout the world. But trust me, that’s not all the CMIR has to offer.
This last semester, I’ve had the enlightening opportunity to use the all of the resources of the CMIR. As a part of my Interactive Media class, we met here regularly to explore the ever-changing world of technology. In many ways, I owe a lot to the CMIR. Had I not been able to use these resources firsthand, I know I would not be happily blogging to you today. In no way would I consider myself a natural “techie,” but the experiences I’ve gained in this very room have exponentially boosted my “computer confidence” and stimulated my desire to learn more about the intricacies of modern-day media. If you still can’t believe how awesome this place is, check out the grand opening ceremony for yourself! (and don’t just take my word for it, listen to testimonials from other Florida grads.)
I think resources, like the ones available at the Center for Media Innovation and Research, are truly what make attending a research university so revolutionary. I am just as much thankful for the education I have received from the University of Florida, as I am thankful for the practical experience I have gained. While naysayers might argue that the research university of today is nothing more than a modern-day trade school, I maintain that this philosophy of higher education has best prepared me for the future upon which I am about to embark.
Thank you, UF for ALL of the lessons learned- both in and out of the classroom!