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1. Explain how you grew as a writer.
I’m not gonna lie, I haven’t grown in writing too much. This whole semester, I admittedly was not focused on writing as I was the rest of the project. One of my goals for this semester is to improve my writing, since I didn’t write as much as I should’ve.
2. What are your largest takeaways from this project and how have they transformed the way you see the world?
I feel almost smarter than I was before. Not in the textbook way and probably not in a way that will get me good grades, but in a way that matters to me. I would say I have a lot more understanding of why people are they way they are, which as a teenager is a big question. Before this project, I would look at someone I didn’t like all too much and think “well, they’re just a jerk. That’s all there is to it.” After this project, I look at people and wonder what their family life is like and how they grew up. Overall, I feel like a wiser, more open minded person.
3. What were your goals as a group member and what challenges/successes did you have?
My goal for this project was to stay 100% focused on this project and nothing else.Personally, I would say I achieved this goal. It was slightly challenging for me, what with family problems or friend problems, but overall I feel really good about this goal. During this project I put all my energy into it; for example, when the deadline for the project was approaching I would stay in during lunch and after school, or whenever I possibly could.
4. Describe what you did as a group member and how it contributed to the success of the exhibition.
For this project, we each got in groups to work on specific rooms of socialization. In my group’s room, we had many little separate rooms to show how people are socialized based on gender, religion, etc. Everyone in the group was assigned to work on a mini room; I worked mainly on the gender room. For this room, we had half the room painted blue and the other pink. On the blue side we showed a very stereotypical boy playing with “masculine” toys, such as legos or transformers. On the pink side, we showed a girl doing “girly” things, like putting on makeup and playing with dolls. I put the room together, painting it and providing some of the items. I also participated as an actor in my room, playing an aggressive teacher, trying to tell the students what they should do and who they should be. If I were to give myself a grade for effort, I would honestly give myself an A. I have never in my life worked so hard on a school project, I really put all of my energy into it.