Growing up, “technology” wasn’t my thing. I preferred the newspaper that was at the bottom of my driveway every day and the Sports Illustrated that was in my mailbox every Thursday or Friday (I silently cursed the U.S. Mail every time SI wasn’t delivered on Thursday). At one point in elementary school, I remember one of my friends talking about the free WiFi at Publix, and I didn’t have a clue what WiFi was. I was old school. If it was up to me, I wouldn’t have been the only one with a flip phone. But things change. Or at least I became open to change. In high school, I signed up for a Web Design class. I hated it.

But I decided to give it one more shot in college. Why not? Here was The New Media Institute, a certificate program housed at UGA’s Grady College, giving me a chance to develop useful skills I wouldn’t have learned otherwise. So I took the chance. And, to my surprise, I’ve enjoyed it so far. We’ve learned HTML, CSS, Bootstrap, WordPress and little bit of JavaScript. But the two most important things I’ve learned from the NMI have nothing to do with coding: it’s the nifty keyboard shortcuts and a refined knack for problem solving. In the sports journalism field, those two skills will save me time and stress. Thanks to the NMI, I will understand the importance of learning new technologies that are released throughout my adult life. I don’t want to be clueless like I was in elementary school about the free WiFi at Publix.

All my coding work can be found in the tab labeled “NMIX 4110”. Thanks!