Sunday, April 6, 2014

My Relay for a Cure post 21

These past two weeks were influential in showing me the direction of where my project is going. First off, I realized that I probably won't be able to reach my goal of raising $2000 for my Relay. With 42 days left until the event, I have raised $845.60 which won't get me to my goal, but I am not disappointed with it. Going into the projects at the beginning of the year, we were told failing is an option and that it is not necessary to reach our goals. A large part of what I have been doing recently is recruiting new team members for the event. Currently my team has 5 members, and the event only has 63 participants. Last year at the same time the event had 175, so there has been a big push for teams to try recruiting new members. In terms of my progress regarding recruiting, I have recruited two new members in the past week, and hope to recruit more this coming week.

Also, these two weeks were important in terms of deciding the topic of our final presentations. On Friday in class we needed to tell Mr. P what the main topic of our speech would be. In the two weeks leading up to that day, I realized something. The idea I was going to make my speech about was boring. Also, I realized something about myself while working on my project, which is going to be the topic of my speech. How competition drives me as a form of motivation. I am really satisfied with this new topic, and it is going to make my presentation more interesting, both for me making it and the audience. In the past two weeks since I decided on the knew idea, I keep getting ideas that I am going to use in my project. For example, last Friday while brushing my teeth I thought of a story I am going to use in my project. I really like my new topic, and I believe it will make for an interesting presentation.

Also, GO UCONN!!!

Sunday, March 23, 2014

My Relay For a Cure post 20

Hi everybody!

After the reflection blog post, my teacher decided to make blog posts required ever other week instead of every week, which is why I didn't post anything last week. The idea behind it is that some weeks people didn't have time to work on their projects, so this way blog posts would be more substantial.

The first thing I did since writing my last post was attend a captain's meeting. I didn't know about it until I was told from my partner and co-captain about it because he wasn't able to go. He wanted me to go so we had somebody from our group there to get any information from the meeting. I thought the meeting was from 7-8, but when I got there I found out it was from 6-7. This isn't as bad as it sounds, I got there a little before 7 (because early is on time and on time is late) so all of the Relay people were still there and were able to give me all of the information I needed to get from that meeting. Now I have in paper the time for the next meeting, so I will make sure to be there at the correct time.

Another addition made to 20 time based on the reflection blog posts was that starting last Friday, we are going to give in class minute-long presentations updating the class on how our projects are going. Only 8 people go every Friday, in order to make the rest of the time available for people to work on their projects. On Friday when Mr. Provenzano said that we would be starting presentations, people with names near the top of the class list alphabetically were moaning because they thought they would have to present that day. Mr. P ended by saying we would do presentations starting at the END of the alphabet. This made everyone with a last name starting with B and C happy, and everyone at the end of the alphabet started to groan. I, on the other hand, jumped out of my desk excited and to present for the class. I am he last person in my class alphabetically, so I was up first. I explained to my class about my fundraising and meetings I have attended to further my knowledge about the event. After presenting, I felt like I broke the tension for other people to present knowing it is not that bad to stand in front of a class and in 1 minute talk about what you have been working on for 6 months.

Also, I changed my blog's background to a bunch of basketballs because March Madness has started and I LOVE MARCH MADNESS

Sunday, March 9, 2014

My Relay for a Cure post 19

This week I am going to talk about what I accomplished last week, becuase I got a lot done last week but in my blog I reflected on what I thought of 20 time. Last Wednesday, I went with the other two members of my team at the time to a Relay Kickoff meeting. We learned about what the American Cancer Society does, and heard from different people about their experiences with cancer. At the end of the meeting, we received some helpful information about fundraising and the event itself. Since then, our group has increased in number up to 4 official members with 2 verbal commits to joining the team.

As a said in my blog two weeks ago, I had sent out just over 20 emails to friends and family members informing them about my school project and asking them for donations to my team. The response to these emails was overwhelming. In the past two weeks, more than $700 has been donated to my Relay by people I emailed two weeks ago. That on its own has been amazing, but most of those donations came with encouraging comments. This response has been everything I could have expected and then some. As soon as a donation came in, I have tried to send a thank you email back to the donor, and as of now I am totally caught up on thank you letters.

Below is a picture from the Kickoff event:

Saturday, March 1, 2014

My Relay for a Cure post 18

This week in my blog post I have to reflect on how 20 time is going by answering the questions what have you liked most/least about 20 Time? What would you have done differently with your project?

I like how we get time every week (every Friday) to work on our projects. I know that is the whole idea of 20 time, but it helps to get a day every week to work in class on our projects, because it is a lot of work doing something for a whole year. I wish we would have known about how our end of the year presentations were formatted before we chose projects. We aren't necessarily presenting at the end of the year about our projects, but something we learned by doing our projects. I think people would have based their project off of what they were going to present on instead of choosing what they were going to present on based on what they are doing for their project. I know I would have.

As far as my project goes, I would not change anything I have done since November. The reason I say that is because from time to time I get an idea and I think to myself "I should have done that for my 20 time". Although I get these ideas, I am still happy about the project I chose and how other people will benefit from my success. One idea I had was to learn how to write with my right hand. If that sounds weird, I currently write with my left hand although up until I was about 7 years old, I could do anything with my right hand just as well as I could with my left hand. For some reason, I decided to do things from then on like writing and brushing my teeth with my left hand. I play sports with my right hand, but trying to write with it probably looks the same as how I wrote with my right hand when I was 7. It would be a cool project, but I am happy with the project I currently have.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

My Relay for a Cure post 17

Having a week off of school was AWESOME! I finally got to go skiing (only for a day though), not worrying about classes, and got to work on my 20 time project. Early in the week, I returned a bunch of pop cans. Later in the week, I sent out over 20 emails to friends and family informing them about my project and asking for donations. Hopefully this will help me reach my goal.

Also this week, we were given in class a timeline with dates leading up to our presentations with comments and things we should have done by those certain dates. Our presentations are starting on May 22nd, and people will present in an order based upon a list made on May 19th. My Relay event is on May 17th, so I will need the majority of my presentation written before I actually participate in the event. Hopefully I won't be early in the list of presenters so I can get a little extra time to make adjustments based on what I learned participating in the event.

Speaking of the event, this Wednesday there is a kick-off event for the 2014 Relay Season which I am very excited to attend. This being my first time participating in a Relay For Life event, the kick-off event should be very educational and better my understanding of what is going to take place once the event comes in May.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

My Relay for a Cure post 16

This week I wanted to work on my project, and prepare myself for working on it over mid-winter break next week. We have the whole week off (from the 17th-21st) and I think this will be very helpful to my project. As I was saying about wanting to work this week, I had several things planned. None of those things ended up happening, because by the middle of the week I came down with a cold. It got progressively worse throughout the end of the week, but by Saturday I finally started feeling better. Now Sunday, I feel alright but I haven't done anything and I don't feel well enough to do anything now, so this week has slightly been a disappointment to me.

In addition, I had a good amount of homework to do this weekend. From bio labs to English stories to learning Spanish proverbs, free time when I felt good came few and far between. One thing that you may or may not have noticed is that on social media websites (specifically Facebook and Twitter, but I have only seen it on Facebook) is now that some people's profile pictures have a purple tint to them. This is all part of a movement called "Purple Your Profile" created by Chevrolet and the American Cancer Society. Chevrolet is going to contribute $1 to the American Cancer Society for each and every purple profile until they donate $1 million or until the end of this year. It is being put on to help finish the fight against cancer, and was started the day before World Cancer Day, which was last Tuesday, February 4th. I think this is great for the American Cancer Society as a way to get involved in social media and for Chevrolet to get involved in the fight against cancer.

Here is a link to where you can go to purple your profile:

Sunday, February 2, 2014

My Relay for a Cure post 15

At the end of the year, everyone is going to give a presentation around 8 minutes long about a theme and incorporate examples from their year-long 20 time project. That has been their since day 1. Recently, our class has been approved to have a TEDx event to showcase our presentations, which is AWESOME! Out of the three English classes doing 20 time, a select few will be able to present at one of the most prestigious events held around the world. Our event will be a TEDxYouth event, which is an independently organized TED event where the only presenters will be students from Grosse Pointe South High School. I spent some time this week learning more about TEDx and how it works

I have seen TED and TEDx videos before, but I never thought I would be a part in making (or even being) in one. TED is dedicated to spreading "ideas worth sharing" and the three letter name started as an acronym for technology, entertainment, and design. One specification for TEDx events is that they can only have up to 100 attendees. Mr. Provenzano has been talking about it to us in class on Fridays, and has told us that everyone that speaks in the even will get two tickets to give to family, friends, etc. Also, he has been bringing up ideas where we, his students, can help set up and run the event. All of his students can attend as "organizers" and not count against the 100 person attendance mark. Also, our event will have to be recorded and posted on the TED website, which is mind-blowing knowing that several of my classmates will have their final presentations posted on a global website. I am really looking forward to helping make this event happen, and experiencing a TEDx event firsthand.