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In the beginning, with our first two projects, Frenemies and Scientific EDGE, I had a really hard time with understanding how EDGE works. I was not very motivated to get my stuff done because I was so focused on trying to figure out how everything worked. Even though I was very confused with how everything worked, I still got my work done but I do not believe I did my best work. Because of how I did first quarter, I have pushed myself to make my projects better and better and this has since been my struggle. For example, during my Metaphor Machine project my goal was to make my board perfect and get it done early so that I could help others on their projects. For this quarter, in my STEM project my main struggle was getting my group members to be successful and strive to make the project perfect like how I wanted to make it. Because of this, I ended up doing most of the project because they were not striving for greatness. In Change Campaign, we were very successful because both my partner and I were both striving for greatness. We both wanted our project to be perfect so that is what we did, but this was also our biggest struggle. We had to get lots of feedback which wasn’t easy, but we made it work. Like earlier, exhibition night in the beginning was a struggle for me. I was still trying to figure out how everything worked and where my place was. As the year went on, I got more comfortable with exhibition night and the more we did the more I was determined to make it better. For example, for my first exhibition night, I had no decorations for my project. All I had was my project and that was it. Since that first exhibition night, I have been making sure to fancy up by adding table cloths, props and pops of color. With this, I have also grown with a lot of confidence as I now know how everything works. Although I work super hard in my intensives, I also work just as hard in the afternoon workshops. I make sure that all of my work exceeds expectations and that I am proud of my work. I also make sure that all of my work is done on time or early so that I can get feedback. I do struggle in one class which is math. I try my best in that class but it seems that I tend to never really understand it. I try so hard and even go home and re-learn all of the math on my own but it never really clicks. Because of this, I am still trying to find the learning style that works for me in math. I have always been pretty confident while speaking but not as confident as I am now. When I started this year, my oral presentation skills were weak but not non-existent. With all of our workshops and exhibition nights, I know feel almost 100% confident with my oral presentation. Of course, there is always room to grow but now, I feel like I am an actual professional. If I were in average school, I feel I would not be as advanced as I am now. I am so glad that I was given the opportunity to be in such a great program.