Always a student

I always learn something from my students.

I love having my students write blogs because  I think it’s good for their professional portfolio and because I can learn so much from them.  I just finished grading a group of freestyle blogs — no prompt from me for the assignment. Write about what you want, preferably something to do with the course topic of social media.

Creighton social media class

The social media class that teaches me many things.

One of my favorites came from Morgan Ryan, who wrote that she wants to hire herself as her own intern this summer to really work on her design portfolio and website. A heavy class load, extracurricular commitments and three jobs have gotten in the way of spending the time needed to develop her work. I think that’s a great idea.

I just had a sabbatical, where I  had a semester to devote to research and writing. Though I didn’t get everything done I wanted to, that time was invaluable to advance a research agenda and project that have been difficult to navigate with the demands of teaching, committee work and life.

It takes time and effort to do creative work. Time can be the most elusive commodity. I applaud Morgan for realizing her professional portfolio needs that time and attention. I’d still want to hire her as an intern though.

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