Friday, April 4, 2014

Such a Struggle- Post 21

So this past two weeks it's been a big struggle. I tried to write out my talk which failed miserably. I realized I was trying so hard to add enthusiasm and to write out my whole talk that it became super scripted. After getting super frustrated I stopped working on it, but I plan on taking a new approach this week. This week I'm going to set up my slide show and then just try talking from what shows up on the slide. I think that will be a lot easier. I don't know how I feel about talking about the economy because it's something I'm not interested in at all. If I decide use that topic after all it will only be briefly and then volunteering  will be easy for me to talk about. I hope it will work out in the end and I'll have more to talk about next week.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Closer to TED-Post 20

  So this past 2 weeks I've been really trying to work on my presentation.  Thankfully I got permission from my Youth Group leader to use the pictures taken from one of my volunteer projects that have definitely changed my life and opened my eyes to a little more of the world. Also I've been starting to write out my speech that has been jumbling up in my mind at 2 a.m. so it's been a bit of a relief.  After my whole speech is written out and I time it to make sure it reaches the 8 minute minimum I am going to put together my slides to go with my talk which is going to include a few of my pictures from the places I've been to. I need to get a little familiar with the economy since that is going to be part of my talk and definitely the hardest. Once I get to the volunteer part it should be easy since it's more relatable to me and I get to tell my own stories. I'm super excited to share my presentation and really want to be in The TED Talk so I hope it all works out!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Starting My Presentation-Post 19

So this week I've come to a turning point in my 20 time project. After I decided what I am talking about in my presentation I told Mr.Provenzano and he approved! So now I'm onto my next task; working on my actual presentation. So now I am working on my speech and writing it out in my Evernote notebook. I also have to ask permission to use pictures from one of my volunteer projects from the person that took them. I definitely think the pictures will add something to my project so I hope they agree.  After I figure out my speech I will be working on my slides for my presentation. Next post I will be giving you a better update!

Monday, March 3, 2014

Questions I Answered- post 18

This week I am supposed to answer a few questions about my protect so here we go! So far what I have liked most about 20 time is that we get to work on it during class and get to hear how our classmates are doing on there's so far. I think the thing I least like about 20 time is that we watch Ted Talks all the time now instead of working on our projects. If I could do something differently about my project I would be more good about going places and make sure to follow through and go. Not much has gone on with my project this week so I don't have anything new to report. I hope I will have more next week!

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Update on Presentation- Post 17

    Last week I touched on what I will be talking about during my presentation. I initially decided to talk about how by us going into Detroit and exploring and using its resources would help its economy and in return help ours. Being a suburb of Detroit we semi depend on the amount of people Detroit brings in to help us thrive. Over  mid- winter break I have thought about my project as a whole and have come up with another aspect to talk about in my presentation. I love to volunteer and do it a lot in Detroit and it gives back to Detroit without spending any money at all. I think I will talk about  when I went to go to the  Heidelberg Project and there were many volunteers helping Tyree clean up after many of the houses that had been burned down and how it helped the community and Tyree. Also I will talk about my most recent volunteer activity when I went to a soup kitchen in downtown Detroit and made and served food to over 200 homeless people, and how grateful they were for the help. I think its important to stress that the way to help Detroit is not only by spending money and helping with the economy, but taking the time to volunteer and help the people as well. Volunteering in Detroit has showed me the other side of life and has made me very grateful for what I have and has made me want to help more. Seeing the little kids run around the soup kitchen and being happy made me realize I have a lot to be happy about too. At the end of my presentation I plan to talk about how this doesn't only apply to Detroit; this can apply to New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Tokyo, Paris, Rome... ANYWHERE! I think its important to inspire people to help in anyway they can and change our city for the better. I have been looking up facts and quotes about Detroit and one of my next blog posts will probably be about those. See you next week!

Monday, February 10, 2014

Rainbow Youth Conference- Post 16

            This weekend I attended the Rainbow Youth Conference which is a conference for all of the youth groups in the surrounding areas. It was held at the Renaissance Center in downtown Detroit. There were over 1,300 high school students there learning about the Catholic teachings an meeting new friends. I met countless people coming from different backgrounds who have their own individual stories. We met a teen gospel choir from Detroit who were all extremely talented. One girl even tried out for American Idol and only didn't make it because she was to young. I stayed at the Maroit hotel attached to the Renaissance Center which had a great view of downtown Detroit from my room. My camera is dead so I will upload the picture i took later of the scenery. I finally figured out what to talk about for my presentation.  I will be talking about how much we go into Detroit effects Detroit's economy and overall helps them and in return us. I will be uploading the picture later, talk to you next week!

Sunday, February 2, 2014

DIA Experience- Post 15

     This weekend I went to the DIA! I had a lot of fun exploring the exhibits and seeing all of the art. Some of the art was very pretty and classic and others were more modern but still very cool. We spent about an hour and a half there walking around and doing things. While we were there I made a craft that is like a banner that folds up, and I also attempted drawing on a canvas....It was a major fail. A lot of the art wasn't my taste but others I loved. I would include the names of the pieces I liked but i forgot the names. Overall I had a lot of fun while I was there and I want to go back when more exhibits open up!