Monday, June 9, 2014
In the beginning of the year, I really did like the concept of 20 time. But my opinion has changed. This project in my opinion doesn't work with high school students. First of all not everyone wanted to do the project. I know that not everyone can be pleased but considering it's a year long project I think that we deserved to have a choice. One of the aspects of 20 time that I would change is the blog post weekly. I think that it was to much and that it should be every other week. I also think that every week a couple people should give an update on their project. This was if they're slacking it will be harder to get away with it. It will also make it easier to present if they have already talked about what they have learned/what they are doing. I think the main aspect of 20 time that shouldn't be changed is the presentation at the end of the year. I think that is one of the main reasons why people made sure to actually do work. The concept of 20 time is awesome but I don't think it's functional for all schools. I think that you need a certain amount of responsibility and motivation in order for it to work. South is a great high school for 20 time because the students are mature enough to be able to make the project successful. Overall 20 time is something that could be implemented in schools but not necessarily all. I would tell students next year to chose a topic that they were actually interested in and not to wait till the last minute. Looking back I would have wanted to sponsor a kid in either Africa or Ecuador ( pay for their school supplies, clothes, food, etc.) . Overall 20 time was a fun project but if I was offered to do it again I would have picked something that would have benefited others and not just myself.
Monday, May 26, 2014
As I anticipated I've decided to add a knew idea to my talk. I've actually decided to revolve my talk around creativity. Before it was about how family is important and that you should always be able to make time but now I'm going to mainly talk about creativity. I've realized that creativity is the key in everything that you do. It is the thing that sets you apart from the other people who inhabit the earth and it is the thing that can fuel your passions. I'm very excited to have my talk solidified although there are still some things that I am working out but over all I am ready to present!
Sunday, May 11, 2014
Over the past two weeks I've been working on my speech. I'm finished working on my project but I never reached my end goal. My end goal for my project was to have a finished cook book. The bottom line is I ran out of time and wasn't able to make it. Although I never made it, I have lots to show for what I have done over the year. My speech will not revolve around my cooking but what I have taken out of it. Through this project I have learned that you need to make family a priority. I learned this through cooking because my mentor was my mom. No matter how busy your schedules are you have to be able to carve 30 minutes of your time in order to have a meal together. This is what my talk will be on but I am sure that I will add more ideas before the day I present. I'm not scared but I am definetly nervous. I love talking but not necessarily in front of large groups of people. I hope that I will feel comfortable and confident on the day of my presentation so my nervousness does not show.
Sunday, April 27, 2014
Over break I went to Mexico for vacation. Although it was fun it has it's drawbacks because I wasn't able to work on my talk as much as I would have. I thought about it a lot and watched a lot of episodes of chopped which is a cooking show and it helped a lot. Hearing what these people had to say about how cooking is the center of their lives and how it brought their family together made me realize that's true for me as well. Since my brothers are in college it's just my mom and I who live together. Between her work, my sports, and schoolwork it's hard to find time to spend with each other but we always have a meal to share. I realize now how important it is to have a meal with your family and how it brings people closer together. That is what I'm going to have my talk center around. I'm going to work some more on my slides and practice my speech. I still have a lot of work to do but I'm beginning to become more and more excited about the talk everyday!
Sunday, April 6, 2014
I'm really happy to say that I was able to make four recipes over the past two weeks like I said I would. After talking about my project in front of the class on Friday I began to freak out. My idea for my presentation was to talk about how food is important in families because it creates time with them that you might not have. I definetly need to think about my talk more in depth but I am a little bit relieved that I have an idea. Even though I'll be working on my talk over the next couple of weeks I'm definetly going to try and keep making recipes because I feel like I need just a few more. I'm nervous about my talk but I'm confident that it will be good. This week I made brocolli quiche, pork tacos with mango kiwi salsa, monkey bread, and chicken fried rice. These are some pictures!
Sunday, March 23, 2014
I'm extremely disappointed to say that I didn't make any new recipes for my cookbook. I used to be excited to make new recipes but as the year has gone on I just want to eat dinner, do my homework, and go to bed. It's really hard for me to do this project right now becasue of lacrosse. Since practice takes up a good part of the day, it leaves me little room to cook and do homework. I know I've been saying this the last couple of weeks which is awful but I'm going to try my hardest in order to make several recipes during the next couple of weeks. I'm definitely feeling the pressure of needing to have a finished product by the end of this, and I ultimately hope that everything comes together as I imagine it will. I'm going to try and make at least four recipes before my next blog post. That's two recipes a week and I hope I'll be able to get that done.
Sunday, March 9, 2014
This week I wasn't able to make a new recipe. I had lacrosse conditioning every night and the research paper to write. I know that's not an excuse but that's some of the reasons I wasn't able to get to it. I'm staring to realize that I'm losing interest in my project. I don't want to not be interested but it's starting to be an ordeal and not enjoyable. This makes me sad because I picked this project thinking I was going to love it but in reality I don't. Lacrosse is starting up this week and it makes me nervous. Since I didn't play a winter sport I had tons of opportunities to make recipes. My fear is that I won't be able to find time during the week. I hope that by only having to write one blog post every two weeks it will help get my project in the right direction and ready to present by the time that we're supposed to be ready by.