Reflection on the Twitter Scavenger Hunt - Fall 2015

The Twitter Scavenger Hunt is a fun and popular assignment created by Professor Kim Fox, that allows us to improve our reporting skills by going around campus interacting with students and professors, taking pictures and videos, then posting them on Twitter.

  1. The Twitter Scavenger Hunt is a fun and popular assignment created by Professor Kim Fox. This assignment allows us to improve our reporting skills by going around campus interacting with students and professors, taking pictures and videos, then posting them on Twitter.
    To be honest, when I first heard about the Twitter Scavenger Hunt, I was a bit worried because I thought we would have to search for news stories, then report about them on Twitter in 140 characters or less. The Twitter Scavenger Hunt however, turned out to be completely different from what I had expected.
    On Sunday morning at 11h30am, the assignment was posted on Blackboard. There was a list of 10 questions we had to answer, each one requiring us to post a picture and a quote about a specific topic about campus.
  2. The first question required us to interview a professor about the role social media plays in social change. In order to answer this question, we thought it would be best to interview a professor from the Mass Communication Department.
  3. Before our interview with Dr. Al-Atraqchi, we had stopped midway to interview a friend of Moataz, my partner.
  4. On our way out, I spotted a friend of mine sitting on a bench in front of the department. Knowing that he was a former OC Head of a club called the Model Arab League, we decided we should interview him about the variety of clubs at AUC.
    Other than helping us with the Extracurricular extravaganza question, it turns out that he was a former student of professor Kim Fox, which means that he had done the Twitter Scavenger Hunt. Therefore, he gave us a tip; he told us to be careful when it comes to punctuation.
  5. For this question, we posted a picture of several booths in order to show the different variety of clubs at AUC we could choose from.
  6. Next to one of the booths, Moataz recognized a friend of his who happens to be the captain of AUC’s Frisbee team. After telling him rapidly about the scavenger hunt, he helped provide us with information about the positive team environment AUC provides them with.
  7. Afterwards, we headed to the gardens to take a picture in our favorite spot on campus. After taking a look at what my classmates have posted, I realized that the gardens are almost everyone’s favorite spot. Even my partner’s.
  8. One of the questions required us to take a picture of a scenic spot. Of course, as we all know, the gardens are a great place for that. However, we didn’t want the ordinary shot that everyone would be taking. In order to avoid that, we decided to take a picture of one of AUC’s fountains instead. My partner came up with a great idea. He suggested we should take a panorama picture, that way we would be able to capture the entire view.
  9. We then made our way to one of the underground tunnels’ entrance. I was pretty excited because ever since I heard about those tunnels a few months ago, I’ve always wanted to know where I could find their entrance. When we finally reached it though, we weren’t sure whether we were allowed to enter or not. In order to avoid any trouble, we thought it would be best to simply take a picture of the entrance instead.
  10. On our way to the entrance, we had stopped by Auntie Anne’s to see if we could find any fans. There, we stumbled upon a sophomore called Peter, who seemed to really be enjoying his pizza.
  11. After having found our fan, we headed to the place where we believed had the most spirit on campus; the Model United Nations office.
  12. Finally, having one question left, we were approaching the end of the scavenger hunt. We weren’t sure how we could show how AUC contributes to cutting edge research and/or learning.
    We decided to head to the library to find inspirations.
    Once we made it there, we found a sign that read “new books.” At that moment, we thought that this sign could represent the fact that AUC always gets the latest editions. Hence, contributing to cutting edge research.
  13. After having answered all 10 questions, my partner and I made our way back to class. Sadly, we had reached the end of the Twitter Scavenger Hunt. There was however, one small part left.
  14. Later that week, I was pretty curious to see what my classmates had posted.
    Some of them had posted beautiful pictures.
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