ITP State of Mind

Has it only been one week? I feel like so much has happened! This blog for one got a revamp, but I also started my classes at ITP officially! Week One ended on Friday and tomorrow starts the first full week of classes. I've already switched a couple of classes, learned a ton, gotten great advice, remembered what it's like to be both nervous and excited all at once, and had so much fun. And that was just the last seven days!

I'll be doing a ton of blogging related to my classwork so if you're interested in what exactly I'm doing at ITP, you can follow my ITP category for blog posts! I'll be blogging for the following courses this semester (each of them has an individual tag)

  • Comm Lab: Networked Media (web dev)
  • PComp (physical computing - Arduino/hardware)
  • Cabinets of Wonder (museum design) - this class technically has its own blog page but I'll cross post them here to have for myself

I was originally enrolled in a course called Maps, Lies, and Storytelling but after some debate I decided to take the intro animation course in order to learn how to prototype transitions and designs. I won't start that until late October though. I'm also enrolled in Visual Language, which teaches the basics of visual design (I learned a ton from the visual designers at HPalm and Allscripts but apparently those things have actual bonafide terms that I should know?), as well as a course called Applications that brings in speakers weakly and encourages us to go on NYC adventures. It's been a lot of work but it's also been a lot of fun so far. Each class definitely makes me really work for it, but I'm enjoying them so far! This also gives me the opportunity to update more often. 

All in all, I have no regrets about coming to ITP. The culture, the people, the classes, all of it has been more than I ever expected. Cabinets of Wonder sealed the deal as my favorite course right off the bat (I'm on the waitlist for it sadly so here's to hoping the professor doesn't break my heart) and PComp scares the crap out of me in a good way. Everything else has been stellar - I participated in a day long D&D campaign on Labor Day, joined in the ITP tradition of Thursday Night Out, and have gotten to know a ton of people that inspire me to keep pushing forward. 

Here's to doing so at a breakneck speed.