Saturday, June 7, 2014

Final Blog Post

Based on my experience, 20 Time was something I can always look back on and have a feeling of satisfaction because I know even though what I did was not major, it still made a difference in my life and others. It helped me step out of my comfort zone, and helped me realize that helping others is something I'm really passionate about. 20 Time also showed me that failure is an option, and that if I put in all my effort and still failed, everything would be okay. I'm so lucky I have gotten the chance to experience something as great as 20 Time.

For next year's students, I suggest that students have a less frequent blog requirement. It is hard to get a decently sized blog written every week, even if you're project is huge and amazing. From my experience, some of my posts were very confusing and I may have rambled at times. Also, even though the speech may have been good for me, and it made me step out of my comfort zone, I think that students should be given the option of whether or not they wish to give the talk. It was very stressful for me, and I think we should have the option.

I think the idea of having every Friday to work on your 20 Time should not be changed. Although some might have not taken full advantage of it, it still helped a lot to have that time. I also liked how each student had to give a mini 30 second presentation on their 20 Time ideas, because I liked knowing everyone else's ideas and it made me even more excited to see the end results.

I think 20 Time should be implemented more in schools because it taught all of us a very important lesson that usually isn't taught in school: Failure is an option, and it's what leads you to success. With such an open ended project that was given to us, we had the freedom to choose something hard or easy, and whatever it was, we were given the opportunity to work hard at it, and if we did, the end results would be accepted no matter what. It's something that every kid should learn, and I definitely think it's something that should be offered.

I would advise students to find something they are really passionate about. If you don't, you won't have the drive and motivation to do it, and the special meaning of 20 Time will be lost. In order to maintain your goals, you have to manage your time well, step out of your comfort zone, and look at things with open eyes in order to get the best perspective on everything. If you treat 20 Time the right way, it could be something that changes your life, or it could just be another thing you have to deal with during your high school career.

adios amigo

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Adopt a Grandparent Post 24

Today, I finally have to give my speech and I've never been more nervous. It's all led up to this, and I'm excited to see how I do. I know that I can make a great speech, but I am very nervous that my nerves will get the best of me. I wrote my speech out on paper and practiced it a couple of times, and I'm hoping that's enough. I don't have any experience in public speaking, so I don't really know what's right and wrong. Whatever happens, I know I'll learn a few things that I didn't know before that will help me in the long run. My speech mainly focuses on my experiences with my grandma, stepping out of my comfort zone, and doing something that makes a difference in someone's life, whether big or small. I hope it sounds as good as it does in my head! I've worked really hard on this, and I know it's gonna be great.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Adopt a Grandparent Post 23

Over the past week, I made my Power Pointe for my presentation. I have to do some major editing because I have a lot of bullet points, but I think it'll be very helpful for when I give my speech. The main point for my speech is that volunteering has no tangible reward, but when you find something you like doing, there's no reward needed, and the satisfaction of helping someone or making someone happy is your reward. I will also be talking about how my grandma was my inspiration for this project, and use pictures of us as some visuals during the presentation. I'm also going to talk about what was hard about the project, and how time management and sports and school sometimes got in the way of my goals. I think it'll meet the requirements, and once I practice enough it'll be great.
 I'm also going to include how I wish to continue this organization after the school year ends, and how it's a great opportunity.

I'm really nervous to give this speech, so it's really important tha I put a lot of effort into getting ready for it. I can't blow it off, and it means a lot that I do well and make a point in my presentation. So, for the next couple weeks, I just have to touch up my power point and practice my speech, and see how it all goes!

Monday, April 28, 2014

Adopt a Grandparent 22

This past week, I was in Florida, so although I wanted to get a lot done, I didn't. The last three days I was here I put some thought into my power point. I think I have a general idea of what I'm going to do, so that's good news. The first part of it will be my introduction, telling who I am and why I liked and wanted to do this project. The middle will be how I came up with my idea and how it turned out, and what I had to do to accomplish all that I wanted. The last part will be the mistakes I made, and what I learned throughout the whole experience. I don't know how I'm going to compose my Power Point, and what pictures I should include, so that's what I'll be concentrating on for the most part. It doesn't have to be too special or anything, because it's just going to be my guide. I have to do most of the talking and thinking, which is scaring me already. I'm already so nervous to give this speech!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Adopt a Grandparent Post 21

This past week I called three different nursing homes but none of them answered. My mom and I decided that we should go to these nursing homes some time so we can actually talk to them face to face. I'm guessing they're really busy, so I think this would work out better. These nursing homes are all relatively close to me, so it'll make this easier. I am running out of time though, so I'm freakin out a tiny bit. But, failure is an option, and I might be fable to be successful but it'll still be acceptable if I fail. I also called shorepointe and Lora said I could visit any time of the week if I wanted to, and because I'm finished with basketball that might be easier to do.  I never thought it would be this hard to do something that I thought would be so easy, and it's frustrating, so I'm determined to get in the nursing home quite often in the next quarter. 

I also have to start writing my speech, and I'm having a difficult time coming up with an idea for it. There's so many angles I could take, and it's hard to choose the best one. So, that's one of the hinge I'll work hard on soon. 

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Adopt a Grandparent Post 20

This week I started thinking about my Ted Talk. I'm getting pretty nervous about all the deadlines, so I'm going to start putting ideas together for my speech. I'm thinking of starting off by telling the reason behind my project. How I thought about all the seniors who might want a friend that can visit, and the motivation behind it, especially after my grandma passed. I also will talk about how it was pretty hard to start, and to find time to do it and how it helped me with a lot of things like time management. It's going to be pretty hard finding a lot of stuff to talk about. Eight minutes seems like forever to me! Speaking in front of people is something that's pretty hard for me, so it'll be a challenge.

I also tried calling a nursing home that's closer to my house, but no one seemed to be open the hours I tried to call so I'll try during the week. I'm hoping Sunrise will be open to accepting my ideas, because they seem like a really nice nursing home. It's been hard finding time in such a busy schedule to drive all the way to shorepointe. But they were so nice and they loved my idea, so I'm still in a pickle with what I should do. I'm hoping all the other nursing homes will be the same!!

Monday, March 10, 2014

Adopt a Grandparent Post 19

This week, I started to try to find a different nursing home I could start visiting. Not that I don't like shorepointe, but it is a long drive and since I'm not old enough to drive, it's a pretty big hassle. So, I've been looking for nursing homes in Grosse Pointe. While I do that, I'm still going to visit ShorePointe but I'm hoping I can transfer over quickly and smoothly. At the beginning of the year, I contacted SOC, and I think I might call them again just in case any of the other one's don't work out. So for the next week, I'll try to get in to the nursing home and also make a few phone calls. That's pretty much it for this week, I have a lot more I need to get done!