Throughout the semester, optional assignments were alotted to us students. Yes, they did obviously help us out grade wise, but it broadened our horizons through networking, research, and finding new ways to get information on topics.
One of the optional assignments I took part in was Diigo. It is designed to help people when they research information online, and want to highlight, write, place a post-it, or emphasize a certain part of the source they are viewing. I, however, was not very Diigo friendly, for some reason. I do see how it could be helpful, but I just think that I am going to stick to either printing out my sources and highlighting them on my own, or just viewing them on the screen and not trying to edit it at all for my help. I do not know if it was my computer, Diigo itself, or an unbalanced combination of the two. Diigo is very neat and convenient I am sure for some people, but I could not get used to it and was not able to use it much.
Another assignment that was optional was to discuss our discipline with a specialist or professor in the field. I am clearly a Pre-dental Biology major and my specialist was less than helpful and cooperative unfortunately. However, when I went home in October, I was lucky enough to meet with Dr. Barry Vlass, a practicing dentist in Roswell, GA. He was very eager to talk to me about Dentistry and his experiences at Georgia Tech and MCG. He has had a very well established practice for over 30 years now, and has run a wonderful business at that. His advice to me was to find a certain something in dentistry, a type of passion that goes beyond the mouth. That, and start to love coffee for the long nights of studying I have in the near future. He was a huge help in finding me the professional journal that I analyzed for the Published discourse report, and found me 3 more Professional journals as well. So thank you do Dr. Barry Vlass for providing me with extensive reading and a deeper, better understanding of dentistry.