This is slightly related to the reflection that I talked about in Back on Track but it also comes out of thinking from my Social Computing Class. Our readings have talked about the trajectory that is reflected in systems of interaction. One of the sub-concepts of trajectory is “biography” or personal trajectories.
As I thought about this concept I began to recognize the trajectories in my life. As a student in high school I could easily have imagined myself getting a PhD, but when I started college it soon became much harder to imagine that scenario, yet here I am. Although there were forces that would discourage my pursuit of this advanced degree, the trajectory and the impetus to continue with my education were stronger than the discouragement.
Professionally, I thought that I would be studying design of instruction, but due to changes in my life I took courses in assessment and I discovered an interest in that area of study that I would have not expected to have any interest. I now have a trajectory that appears likely to last a lifetime which I would not have predicted even one year ago.