Wednesday, May 16, 2012

The Quest Ends..?

I'm exhausted, sleep-deprived, and pretty beat-up from all the end-of-semester work, but I figure I'd write a blog post to conclude my time here in DAI 505.

It's been quite the journey. I had an idea—to get professional practice education into DAI—and so I grasped this idea and let it lead me around for a couple of months. It kept picking up steam, but at the same time it also picked up a ton of other stuff too: complexities, questions, boundaries, and many more obstacles. It's true that the more your learn, the more you learn you don't know.

I've pushed my research as far as I can in one semester. I can see now why this class use to comprise of two semesters. There's a lot more I want to do, a lot more people I want to talk to, a lot more studies I want to look at. As Nancy said, I have to put it in the final section of my final chapter, and save it for later.

I have a feeling I will be pursuing this for weeks to come. The lack of professional practice education is an issue I felt strongly before this semester began. After countless hours of interviews and research, it's become an issue that truly compels me. It's difficult for me to speak to alumni and students with so much talent and enthusiasm, only to see them lacking the preparations to enter the professional world. This information is owed to them, it's necessary, it's vital. We are amazing problem-solvers and designers in this department—with so much potential—we just needed to know how to transition into the world of business + design.

It's been a great journey!