Here is a little more about Nikolas, our Social Media Manager.
Greetings to the OpenStudy Community!
I am a California native who grew up in a Los Angeles suburb, then attended the University of California, Berkeley. I’ve always had a strong interest in language and composition and started taking English courses. I took an introductory programming course for fun, and found that I really enjoyed it. I started taking more programming classes at Berkeley, but quickly realized I wasn’t very passionate about coding. By now I had also begun taking several psychology courses and had been considering a move into that department, but wanted to incorporate the approach to problem solving that computer science offered. I found the Cognitive Science department and after taking a few introductory courses, declared it as my major. I was fascinated by its approach to understanding the brain and how humans navigate our world. What appealed to me most was that Cognitive Science draws from so many disciplines – Computer Science, Psychology, Linguistics, Neuroscience, Anthropology – and leverages all of their approaches to problem solving in a cohesive way.
To compliment my Cog Sci courses, I took a variety of music classes, earning myself a minor in the field. I filled a lot of my free time playing and performing with different groups, and music is still a huge passion of mine. I was a member of Berkeley’s Multimedia Orchestra and performed in the clubs first event. I worked for some time as a research assistant in the Affective Cognitive Neuroscience Lab at Berkeley, studying human emotion in the brain using fMRI. Specifically, I was working on the role of salient emotional content in images and how it affects decision-making. After four awesome years, this past December marked the end of my undergraduate career at UC Berkeley. I made life long friendships, and learned more than I could have imagined inside and outside the classroom.
That’s a bit about the last four years of my life, and now I look to the future. Working with OpenStudy so far has been a great experience, and I look forward to what’s ahead. Providing free education assistance to anyone with an Internet connection is a noble cause, and navigating the OpenStudy community has already been an amazing experience. There exists an entire community of eager and honest students who are helping each other on the site, and having a lot of fun doing it. Spreading the OpenStudy message online has already brought me into contact with a multitude of educators and organizations. This is an exciting time for education, and I think that the connection many social media platforms provide can be leveraged to give educators an insight into what it is students need, and how they learn best. The classroom is an ever-evolving environment, and how technology is incorporated will be one of the most important aspects of future learning. If you want to chat, find me on twitter @openstudy. Send me your suggestions and feedback on OpenStudy, I’m listening.