Sunday, May 10, 2015

Blog Post #12

Over the course of the year I have had many eye opening experiences and have had a lot of fun working with my project.  This project gave me a chance to really take the time and think about a passion that I did not know I had and it gave me the opportunity to work on it in school, well at least that was the approach.  This project was very stressful for me, and since I'm what Mr. Provenzano calls a "type A student," it was really difficult for me to really think about and come up with something I felt very passionate about.  As my first goal was not very realistic, I had to drop it and come up with a similar idea that wasn't very expensive.  I still felt very strongly and passionately about working with children, so I decided to aim lower, and I then I was finally able to find another idea which was to visit an orphanage.

 For all of first semester, every Friday was dedicated to us, but as the year came to a close and we were to write our talks, we weren't given the same time in class as we were in the beginning of the year.   This last semester was more stressful as most of our class periods were spent watching other peoples talks and having guest speakers come in.  This was the period in which most of my work was to be done, and I did not have much time outside of school to do research, and I barely had time to go to the orphanage and visit the children.  I wanted and tried to go, but it was very hard to make time for it.  Looking back on the year, I wish I had started off with this idea and not have changed it half-way through the year.  If I had, I believe that I would have been able to accomplish more with it and succeed.  As the year progressed and I wasn't making much progress, I began to feel like a failure and began to give up all hope on my project.  There was so much for me to juggle with school, sports, family, and friends and I was so stressed out and felt so much pressure to try and make my project a success.  The project wasn't exciting to me anymore and I began to feel hopeless and slowly gave up on my project.

As we write our talks, I've been brainstorming on topics I can revolve my speech around.  Through my research, I have learned that we have been gifted with so much that many other children don't have and are given opportunities other children could only dream of having.  I have concluded that I will revolve my speech around the privileges we are offered in such an amazing and beautiful city of Grosse Pointe.  Many children have been trapped in the "bubble" of Grosse Pointe and don't know what's outside of the beautiful suburbs.  There are so many families that live in poverty and would feel so lucky and amazed if they were to come to Grosse Pointe and see what every family has.  Many children in America don't have a mother or a father to care for them and are alone and abandoned, while many of us have parents and grandparents who spoil us with love and their money.  Over the last nine months I have stepped outside my comfort zone and seen what it's like firsthand to live without love and money.  It's depressing and something that many of us can't wrap our brains around, so we shouldn't take what we have been provided with for granted.  Although this project had it's ups and downs, it has taught me so much on what it's like outside the borders of Grosse Pointe.  I may not have succeeded with my project, but it has taught me so many life lessons that I never would have been able to receive had we not been exposed to 20 Time.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Blog Post 11

As the year comes to a close, I'm beginning to slowly stop talking about the progress of the project and more about the topic for my speech I will present in less than a month.  I'm not proud to say that my project hasn't really succeeded yet, but there are many huge themes that I have learned while doing research for this project.  I have been extremely busy the past few weeks and there has not been much spare time for me, but I'm planning on visiting next Wednesday.  Hopefully the next time I write I'll be able to talk about my experience there!


Monday, March 23, 2015

Blog Post 10

Since my last post, I finally called the orphanage and scheduled a time to go!  I wasn't able to visit any time in the last two weeks because it has been really busy, but I'm hoping I'll be able to go this week or next week.  Visiting hours there are really loose, so they told me it was okay if I needed to reschedule due to the really busy time of year.
My mom told me she would go with me because this is also a passion of hers.  We both love kids and we're so excited to finally go!  Since my last idea for this project wasn't really a realistic project, I'm really happy that I'm still going to be able to accomplish what I hoped to in Guatemala here in Detroit.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Blog Post 9

To be honest, I haven't made much progress with my project.  Things have been really busy with school projects and tests the past two weeks.  Spring sports are also starting up this week, and I have spent a lot of time trying to prepare for that.  Although I've been busy, I talked to my mom and she's helped me choose the orphanage.  Now, all we have to do is call and schedule a day and time (most likely next week) to go visit.  We'll probably call tonight or tomorrow night to see what days they allow visitors.  As it approaches, I'm getting more and more excited, but also nervous!

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Blog Post 8

Due to midwinter break vacation, I have not made much progress since my last post.  I still have some research that needs to be done on the background of the possible orphanages I could visit.  Since I was on a cruise over break, I did not have service at all so there was no way for me to do the research required in order for me to make my final decision.

As for the future of my project, I'm going to research these orphanages tomorrow and then when I finally make my decision, call and see what time I'd be able to visit.  As I get closer to making a date I'm becoming more excited and anxious to finally be able to hangout with these children.  I hope that I'm able to accomplish my goals and that the kids are willing to open up to me and will want to play and talk to me.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Blog Post 7

Since my last post, I have done some research on local orphanages, and I've run into some complication.  Most of the local orphanages are in very dangerous parts of Detroit, so I need to do more research before I can finally decide which one to visit.  I'm also going on a cruise next week over midwinter break, so I won't be able to visit over the upcoming break.  This week I'm going to do all the research about the orphanages to come to a conclusion about which one will be safest for me to visit.
I'm hoping that I will be able to visit two weeks from now.  My plan is to visit and play with children who don't have anyone to play with and connect with kids who feel like no one cares.  My hope is that if I visit enough I can really make an impact on their lives until they can be adopted.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Blog #6

Since my last blog post, I haven't had much time to do research due to the stress from studying for midterms, but I have a lot planned to do this week.  First, I'm planning on finding local orphanages and then doing research on each one to find the orphanage that I want to visit the most.  Then, I plan on calling and scheduling a day and time to visit.  I'm really excited that my projects coming together and that I'm finally figuring everything out.  I'm extremely excited to finally be able to hangout with kids and hopefully make an impact on their lives.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Blog Post 5

Unfortunately, in the past month I haven't made any progress with my project.  I've come up with plans of what I need to do, but I unfortunately don't think this project is going to workout.  I'm not sure how I would raise the amount that it would cost for a plane ticket, and I talked to someone working on a project similar to mine, and she said hers is around $6,000.  Working with kids is still a strong passion of mine so I've come up with a few other ideas I could do that wouldn't be super expensive.

Over break, I was babysitting for a family who adopted their two children and was asking if they knew good programs to travel through for my project.  I was telling the mother that I wasn't sure if my project would workout, and she gave me a great idea: I should go to local orphanages and hold babies that don't get held and play with the kids.  I could go every few weeks and develop relationships with children that feel neglected and like no one cares for them.

I was really looking forward to taking an exotic trip to Guatemala to work with children, but I don't have a way to raise that amount of money for a trip like that.  With my new project idea, it won't require me to raise a crazy amount of money, but I'll still be able to pursue my passion and work with children.