I think the general reaction from everyone including from myself was: "What am I doing here?" But the truth is, everyone in my class and previous classes came from different backgrounds. Some are visual artists, some are from finance, some are athletes and others are more in tune with the scope of User Experience Design. Don't let your background intimidate you from exploring User Experience Design because any career experience is valuable to the whole process.
Tacos were served while we got to know our peers and instructors. The first session laid the general rules, expectations and parameters for the whole User Experience Design course. Nothing groundbreaking. Just introductions.
What is User Experience Design? All of us generally had an idea what we were doing there in the first place; otherwise, we would have signed up to waste our time and money. The discussion was open ended and gave us a good idea of what the User Experience Design process is.
We had an interesting little exercise of interviewing each other and coming up ways of how to conduct a useful interview. We were then asked to come up with a conclusion in a form of a problem from our interviews, which I found surprisingly easy. Architects are always looking for problems to solve in a design point of view. To me, that was that most eye-opening factor so far. When my friends and family ask why I'm doing this program, they think that it's completely different from what I'm currently doing. I was able to finish the exercise quite quickly because of this, which I did not expect at all. In a sense, design for architecture and User Experience Design have similar processes.
It is imperative that I must follow through with photos from the classes. It gets a little intense during the classes and there is little time to think about taking photos. But just like in architecture, documenting is part of the big picture!