Wednesday, January 8, 2014

The End Result

     My 20 Time project is not going as well as I hoped. I was hoping that, by this time in the process, I would have made at least one video to send out to researchers. However, I have not started any of my videos and I do not know when or if I will be making any. I have all of the materials (photos, videos, research) that I was planning on using in my videos, but I have not combined them into a video yet.
     At the beginning of my project, I was planning on making two videos. One video would be for the community, which would have more of an explanation of what Parkinson's Disease (PD) is and how it affects individuals. This video would be aimed to inform people about PD so that they are more knowledgable about the disease. The second video would be for researchers and would be mainly focused on telling them why they should continue and improve PD research. This would be mainly persuasive and would hopefully make a difference in the scientific research done on PD.
       In conclusion, I hope that, within the next few months, I am able to make the videos and share them with the community and researchers. However, if I do not reach my goal, I will at least have had the experience of talking to professionals in the real world and knowing how they deal with things. This also showed me that procrastination is the worst thing to do on a large project such as this one. All in all  this project taught me about working with professionals, and working efficiently, and I will take this knowledge with me through the rest of my school career and hopefully beyond that.

Monday, December 9, 2013

In the Home Stretch

     So far in my research, I have not found that it has directly helped anyone who has the same
passion as me. However, if it were to help someone, it may help those people or that person determine what they need to do in order to succeed in college and the work force of neuroscientists.
     Recently, I have begun to work on the iMovies that I will be sending out to researchers and scientists. I have found that making these iMovies will be a little bit more difficult than planned, but the obstacles I have encountered are none that I can't overcome. Over the final days of the semester, I will continue to work on and improve my videos so that they are quality enough for the scientists and also so that they get my point across to them. I hope that these videos will result in consideration or the action of improving and continuing research for Parkinson's Disease.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Professional Opportunities

     If I choose to turn my passion, lacrosse, into a job opportunity or other professional opportunity, I have a few options. One of my options is to become a lacrosse coach. I could be a club lacrosse coach for younger kids, a high school lacrosse coach, or even a college lacrosse coach. Ideally, I would like to coach younger children in lacrosse because that is the time when they are being introduced to the game and learning how to play. At that age, winning isn't as important so you are able to watch the kids have fun and enjoy being out on the field. However, coaching college lacrosse is also very appealing to me because I would be payed to be involved with something that I love.
     Additionally, I could work as a college sports recruiter. This would allow me to be involved with college sports, like lacrosse, and help people through the process. I know from experience that talking to recruiters and that the process of getting a recruiter/scouter out to see you play is not an easy task. If I became a college sports recruiter, I might be able to help the student athletes just a little bit more because of the experience I've had with recruiters.
     Although I do like the idea of being a lacrosse coach, and it is definitely so etching that I would like to do, I wouldn't want that to be my career. I hope to have a career in the medical field but, on the side, coach lacrosse just for fun and the love of the game.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

A Lesson Learned

     Over the course of the 20 Time project so far I have learned many lessons. However, the one I consider to be the most valuable is that, in life, you will get shut down, but you can't just give up at the first sign of difficulty. I find that this is a very valuable and important lesson because it doesn't just apply to this project, it applies to life in general. If you are struggling on a test, you can't just give up, you have to push through. If you're having a hard time balancing school, work, and your home life, you can't just give up because that won't get you anywhere. My point is, even when something is difficult for you, you have to work through it because, in the end, it'll make you a better, stronger person.
     As I think about that lesson, I think about how it has already affected my project, and how it will affect  my project in the future. By taking that specific lesson into consideration. I believe that it will help move me along and motivate me to work hard and complete the project.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Pitch Day

     Now that Pitch Day is over, it's time to start thinking about the good, the bad, and the ugly. Overall, I believe Pitch Day went very well and ran very smoothly. To begin, after my first presentation, I became very comfortable with presenting and I got a good amount of positive feedback. For instance, I had two administrators and one parent tell me that I was presenting very well, which was something of a milestone for me since improving my presentation skills was one of my goals. Also, the three individuals I presented to told me that they thought my project was neat because it hit so close to home. I took this to heart and really appreciated those comments because this project is one that I really enjoy for that reason exactly.
     Even though Pitch Day ran very smoothly, I think one thing that could've made it better would be to give the parents and administrators more time to go around to the different projects. I know that my parents said that they had wanted to go around to more people, but they only got to about eight people. That's the only thing about Pitch Day that I think could be improved because, as I said earlier, I believe it all ran very smoothly and went well overall.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Welcome to Reality

     While working on this project, I have learned a lot about working in the "real world". I have learned that even though you may not be comfortable talking to people, it still has to be done. I learned that things will not always go the way you planned. But most importantly, I learned that you will get shut down sometimes, but that doesn't mean you should give up. In fact, if you get shut down, you have got to brush it off and try again because that shows that you are determined and persistent, both of which are admirable qualities in a person.
     In this past week I have encountered more than one "real world" experience. One of those experiences was having my project idea shot down fairly close to the date when our presentations are due. Six days is not exactly the ideal amount of time to come up with a new project idea. However, despite the small struggle I encountered, with the help of classmates and my teacher, I was able to come up with a new, even better idea. This idea is to create an iMovie which I will eventually send out to different scientists (neuroscientists, behavioral scientists, etc.). The iMovie will feature "my story" about how my family and I have dealt with my dad's medical condition for the past 8 years, as well as expressing my feelings about developing research for the condition.
     These experiences have enhanced my problem solving, critical thinking, and life skills because, by having to start from scratch while a majority of the class had most of  their projects planned out, I realized that if I worked hard enough, I would be able to catch up with my classmates with an improved idea.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Contacting the Authority

     In my attempt to contact the authority for my project, I ran into a few obstacles. I tried to call the Public Relations official from MJFF,  however I was not able to reach anyone. Since this happened, I had to leave a message for the organization. Hopefully the message will be received and the Public Relations official or another official will get back to me sometime soon. The message I left for the officials summarized my project and I inquired if I would possibly be able to work with their organization to fundraise for my charity event.
     This part of the assignment taught me that, in the real world, you are going to have to talk to people you do not know and may not be comfortable talking to. However, no matter the circumstance, things like that will have to be done and the more you do things like that, the better and more comfortable you will become with it. My next step is to follow up with the organization if I do not hear from them soon so that I am able to move my project along smoothly.