Crowdsource My Life
The web is swimming in aps that will analyze the content of your social media feed and tell you about yourself. Some of them can be really fun and reveal interesting trends. One recently told me “Monica uses larger words than 99% of other Facebook users.” No big surprise there. But what does that mean about who I am? Am I intellectual? Or just pretentious? This is just one of the reasons I want to try a new kind of social media project. I don’t think an algorithm, no matter how smart, can really drill down to the heart of a human experience. It can assign numbers but not meaning.
The other reason is that I will be applying for doctoral programs and jobs in the coming months. I want to give my potential professors and employers a holistic picture of who I am, what I can contribute to their program or department, and where I still need their help to learn and grow. I’ll be doing that via my cover letter, resume, and (fingers crossed) interview. This is a place where you can do it!
I’m asking you, my friends, colleagues, classmates, teachers, bosses, and mentors to tell me about myself. Was there a time when I did or said something that impacted your life? What do you think I’m particularly good at? What do you think I’m particularly bad at and how can I grow? You can tell a memorable story, share a particular insight, or just finally tell me what you really think of me but were always afraid to say!
Of course, I hope people say nice things, but mostly I just hope people say honest things. Consider this a one stop shop for both letters of reference and grievances. I honestly don’t know what this project will turn up. Maybe something and maybe nothing. Maybe I’ll decide it was all a big mistake, but I’m honestly interested to find out. So please, even if you only have five minutes and even if you’ve only met me for a brief time, leave a comment below.
Tell me, who am I?