Thinking about the Tech we use

By Rafael Tuachi, class of 2017

By Rafael Tuachi, class of 2017

It is said that some college students figured how to simultaneously jot down notes in a shared Google document. As opposed to each person having his or her own notebook, every person contributed notes to the same online resource, editing each other's annotations, answering questions and adding their own insights to the class. This revolution allowed students to be engaged in the class, and it also provided the ultimate study resource by the end of the term, leveraging technology to pool individual notes.

Technology changes how we interact and experience the world. For instance, how often have we been able to communicate with a recruiter thousands of miles away?  When I first arrived at business school, I was surprised at how prevalent and widespread the use of technology was, and how we employ every opportunity to connect every student to the rest of the class. Take Microsoft’s GroupMe, for instance. Were it not for it, coordinating communication would be much harder, whether about finding free pizza in the student lounge, carpooling, etc. The point is that we have learned to leverage technology to our advantage in our daily lives, be it for hanging out with friends, or for getting  jobs via online interviews.

Furthermore, we should be grateful that our the university’s administration has extensively adopted information technology and regularly invest in new tools to facilitate the learning process. We don’t think about it and probably take it for granted. Even though I realize the Canvas website doesn’t inspire awe, I still find it amazing that schoolwork, grades and faculty communication can be managed from the comfort of my couch. As a result, we are more productive, both at home and at work. The limit between these two worlds is suddenly weakened even if our physical circumstance says otherwise. Adding up all of our increased contributions, our community strives for an enhanced scholastic medium. In layman’s terms: we become smarter.

To conclude, I believe that the way we have adopted different technologies in our student lives is astonishing and worth noting. I find it inspiring how the combination of a screen and an internet connection allows us to enhance relationship with the people around us, from other students, teachers,  recruiters, and the general community that is Booth.

Rafael Tuachi ‘17 is not a techie, but is thankful he’s able to interview wearing a suit jacket and sweatpants.