When it comes to learning, what comes to your mind? A classroom, school or a university somewhere right? While most people would think that as well, we should update that thinking.
Learning does not require someone to sit in a class room listening to someone else who teaches the subject for a living – that’s only a part of it. For example, I’m one of the #Trendterns and I’m learning about technology, privacy, Internet security and other related cyber issues daily. “Learning” involves active participation in tasks that spark interest. It involves asking questions from those more experienced in something than you. Learning is listening to answers and applying that wisdom. And, possibly most importantly of all, it is admitting mistakes and being determined to fix the cause to become better than you were yesterday. This applies to all of us.
Let me introduce myself: I’m Daniel and I’m a college student at Southern Utah University. My interests pull me in many directions, but I have always had an interest in new technologies, and more in particular, computer and Internet security technology.
Since I was about 11 years old, my dad has worked in the marketing divisions for two Internet securities companies. Maybe you’ve heard of them? Symantec/ Norton and Trend Micro. He usually brought home software for the family computers, and that gave me the perfect opportunity to mess around with all its features in them. I think we are all alike in this aspect when it comes to computers: some days, you thank the stars that computers even exist. And then, other days you just want to take your computer and chuck it out the window from sheer frustration. Whether your word processor ate your essay after five hours of work, or your motherboard fried on you in the middle of class, I know your pain. Nevertheless, that pain made me want to learn more. A glutton for punishment, I suppose.
Why am I talking about this? Trend Micro, a global leader in internet security technology, allowed me to become a “Trender” as a summer intern. I’m here to learn about the different angles that cyber security and privacy marketing, public relations and social media can have upon the industry. As a bonus, I get to learn about Trend Micro’s products designed to negate the threats that haunt the global digital community.
I will be writing what I learn here and I invite you to learn with me, and step into a new world of understanding and knowledge. But be prepared to apply this knowledge. Be prepared to consider what’s on your mind. I encourage you to read this blog to learn something new and to use it in your everyday lives. And I hope you crack a smile as you read; that’ll show everyone here I was trying to be funny.