My new media certificate journey has been truly inspiring. I came to UGA a sophomore transfer still really unsure what I wanted to do in life. I settled on advertising, but was still confused with what exactly I wanted to do. My friend suggested I do the New Media certificate as I had space to fill, and she had just completed her own New Media journey and was super happy doing so. So in the Spring of 2020 I started my New Media journey with Brown bag. I started the semester in a large auditorium listening to past alum and professionals speak, to ending it listening to those same people from a zoom call, covid style. Although interrupted by the uprooted year of 2020 Brown Bag started up my imagination of the many things I could do. Hearing all the different professionals speak and give bits of insights to all of us who sat there with different majors. I learned how to connect with people in person and over LinkedIn. I learned that you should “try to code one thing, just one” that it helps in an atmosphere to at least know where a coding team can go. And how to leave and “give up” on corporate life and start something that drives you with passion. The next step in my certificate journey was supposed to be Intro to New Media. However, with some luck I was able to squeeze in New Media Production. Sure I learned the basic definitions of new media and basics of coding from these two classes, but I gained so much more knowledge than that. Intro taught me to change the way I think about things, to deconstruct and then redo the process and think about the future of not only technologies but what I can do in my own career. Production taught me the backbone of how websites run, which I will admit was totally lost on me at first. The internet seemed as if magic to me; and HTML and Bootstrap my fairy godmother. I mean look what I was able to create!! (hint: you’re looking at it :) ). Additionally in my journey I had some electives to take, thankfully with being an ad major my classes, Media Planning and Advertising Communication Management, count as electives. But additionally, I took New Media design as an elective overall to graduate. Design really helped me grow my creative portfolio and expand my knowledge of user experiences and designs. Finally, to wrap up my journey I use all the skills I have acquired and put it towards helping a real life client, The Georgia Grasslands Initiative. Here I ended this wonderful certificate journey stretching every skill I had in order to make sure everything my team and I did for our client was perfect. Ending this journey here, I have really grown from all this. I really have learned more in the year I started this certificate then I have in the three previous years of my advertising background. It has challenged me to think in so many different ways. The technologies aspects, user profile/ experience, design, coding, so many different ways. I am overall so much more rounded of a thinker because of the New Media Certificate!