Anth398 planning, Japan and Social Media integration
I’m sitting at a Starbucks on Jasper Avenue in Edmonton Alberta as I write this. I’ve kind of taken to writing outdoors, so long as I’ve got a fully charged laptop. I enjoy the fresh air and people watching while I think about that next sentence that I’m going to write. I’m sipping on a Venti black tea pineapple infusion lemonade with no sweetener and my mind is racing. No, it’s not because of the drink, but more because I just got out of a meeting for my independent study which I will be undertaking in July/August of this year. I’m probably going to set this to release for my next slotted Wednesday blog update so I can keep with my weekly blog updates, after all, part of my grades will be on my blog and social media interaction.
I’m really excited for this, as the person I consider a mentor is walking through this bit of my education with me and guiding me as I learn about gender in Japan from both a brief historical outlook, as well as a rather hands-on contemporary perspective. There’s going to be a lot of amazing things come out of this, both research-wise and experience-wise. I have a feeling I’m going to rock this study, and I’ve been looking forward to it since I approached my mentor about it pretty much a year ago.
I don’t want to go too much into detail until I get official permission from my mentor about what’s going to be happening with this course, but I’ll divulge this: My social media usage is going to explode. I’ll be on the ground in Japan every day doing everything from live video feed to providing pictures and commentary on things that I find, what I’m doing, the plans for my day, and I’m even going to be making a video for the final project that sums up everything that I’ve covered in readings and discussions. Everything I’ve gone through; all the heartache, all the setbacks over the last year, all the hard lessons learned and all the iron will and determination has been leading me to this point.
Learning is a life-long process which never really ends, and for me, knowledge and education is at the very core of my being, I just need to learn to do it in a way that works for me. I find I’m a lot happier if I’m gathering knowledge on my own with someone to guide me through the process, not stuck in a stuffy classroom.
I hope you’ll join me on this journey. I’ll be leaving on August 14th and coming back on the 31st, but this will be an ongoing process over the next few months, and you’ll be able to follow me on Instagram as well as Twitter using the hashtag #Anth398. Of course, I will also be updating the blog and the Facebook page will be instrumental for video updates I will be planning to go back someday, as I’m completely enamoured with Japanese culture and life. This is something I was born to do. This is something my heart yearns for. This is what I will continue to do, most likely, once I get my first real taste of “work”.
Odd thought: Due to the nature of this project, I’m very heavily considering the title of “Anthropology Journalist.” I don’t really see anyone using this kind of title or job description, but that’s essentially what I’m setting myself up to do. I’m training to me a journalist with a very heavy background in anthropology. It just kind of fits, and I like it.
I’m going to set up things here at Blazewing.ca and start tagging them as Anth398 for relevant posts so they are all in one nice, easily trackable location as well.
Until my next update: See you on the trails!