Zombies, Aliens, and Plague… Oh, My!


Hi! My name is Rachel Melvin. I am a senior at the University of Mary Washington (UMW) in Fredericksburg, VA. I am currently enrolled in a 106 Computer Science course titled “Digital Storytelling.” So! I will be using this blog and several other means of social media, including Instagram and Twitter (@Rachs_Story), to walk you through my life and my experiences in this course. 

Week one

This week has flown by… It is syllabus week here at UMW and so I am currently walking through the motions of my new schedule. One component of my schedule right now is this course: “Digital Storytelling.” In this week I have explored new forms of technology including WordPress, UMW’s “Domain of One’s Own,” I have been introduced to new people that I will spend “The End” with thanks to Slack, and I have gotten a sneak peek of what this course is really all about. I will admit… I had quite a headache this week setting everything up, but I realize most of the heavy-lifting is now out of the way. Soon I will be regularly active on my various accounts and be enjoying every minute of it! 

Question of the Week

“What is your own personal relationship with apocalyptic or post-apocalyptic fiction? Are there particular stories (from books, TV, movies, etc.) that have resonated with you? Why? What genre of the apocalypse (zombie, alien invasion, plague, etc) seems particularly interesting to you? Why?”

This semester of CPSC 106 involves apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic themes. The very first thing I did when I read that on our class website was copy and paste the description into Google. I stumbled across a Wikipedia page and began to scroll through the long list of movies, novels, and tv shows that share this genre. I discovered that I not only had never seen/read anything on the list, but I had not even heard of over half of them! What a treat. With that being said, out of the three things listed above in my title, the plague seems the most intriguing. It could be various things; when you get a “plague” there is no telling what it may be. How ominous! Right now, I immediately think of the two things: The 10 Plagues of Egypt and The Black Plague. I may not know much now, but I am excited to see what I learn from this class in terms of this topic.

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