When I was in Kindergarden, I recall my teacher writing on the chalkboard that from 12:30-1:30 p.m. we would be going to the computer lab. I remember putting my crayons down and walking to the computer lab in order to catch a glimpse of the huge Apple MacBooks. The room was a whole new world to me. I could spend time pulling up any kid friendly game such as “Super Munchers”, “Jumpstart”, “Oregon Trail” and other art and craft computer games. I could literally go from coloring with crayons to clicking on a mouse that could essentially draw the exact same thing! It was unbelievable. The computer lab was one of my favorite classes because I had the freedom to draw, solve math problems or type a story. The computer was endless and the world (in the mind of a five year old) was at my finger steps! This was my first experience discovering new media. I learned the types of data, one of the levels of integration. Shortly after I learned how to operate a computer, I would go home and my mom would allow me and my sister to play educational games such as Jump Start or Carmen Sandiego. We would have all the cd’s in a plastic case and could pull one out whenever we felt like going on a math adventure. I was not allowed to have access to the internet until I was in fourth grade with my mother overseeing the sites I went to. Over the years, the computers changed and so did my understanding of the computer. Computers became smaller and smaller and I could have the ability to carry a computer around with me (a laptop). I could have access to see how the NasDaq was doing while looking up a review for a movie. Time was in my hands. I feel that growing up with a computer and my understanding of new media have an impact of the person I have become. I feel that my capabilities to learn things and the speed at which I learn it has expounded exponentially. At the same time, I would have been fine if I never learned about the computer or New Media. I use the computer to my advantage, I don’t let it use me. That is something that I feel most people my age don’t have in common with me. The computer and New Media are astounding and have changed the world, but I make sure it doesn’t change me.