Wicked Whirlwind

The past four weeks have been a whirlwind to say the least. I feel like I gained so much knowledge in such a short amount of time. It doesn’t seem real that the class has already come and gone. This course opened my eyes and mind to so many new experiences and views, many things that I had never been aware of.

Before this class, I had not given much thought to how sustainability will impact my future career. I have always been aware of our need as a society to become more sustainable and change our daily actions to improve our environment and halt or reverse the damage that has already been done; however, I had never tied a connection between this and my future career. After this course, I feel fully informed of the link between the two.

It is a sad realization that the fashion industry creates such a plethora of wicked problems, especially to us that plan to focus our future around fashion, in a sense. Although this can be a tough pill to swallow, I believe that we can be the change, or at least help make a leap in the right direction. Like the film the eleventh hour stated, we are doing the best we can with the knowledge we have. I think that the more educated people in the industry become, the more sustainable the industry will become in return. With this being said, I think that education plays a big role on both sides. Consumers need to start being better educated on this topic as well, or there will be no change. I believe that these issues are definitely a two way street. Discussing these issues even started to open my mind to different careers that I would have never thought of or considered before.

One thing I have struggled with having the major apparel merchandising, is feeling like people think it is superficial. Not that I entirely care what people think, but it has made me question myself and what my motives are moving forward. I still have no idea how I want to put my major to use after college, but I feel like this class has opened up a whole new mindset for me. I now feel like I could be a part of making a difference with whatever I decide to do.

Before this course, I did not know what a wicked problem was. Through the course and the investigative report, I feel like I now have the ability to identify and explore wicked problems. The investigative report was challenging, but interesting. I enjoyed investigating a problem and digging deeper into every aspect. I feel like the Yes No portion of the course helped me a lot in forming my report.

Overall, I am glad I ended up taking this course. I was originally on the 2015 degree plan, but did not want to have to take chemistry, so I switched to the 2016 degree so that I would take these courses instead. I honestly did not give much thought to these courses I would take in place, but now that I have taken one I am so happy that I made this decision. I think that this course has been more beneficial to me than chemistry, without a doubt. Meditation over periodic table, any day.

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