During this project, we learned about how we were socialized and how we are being socialized. We read multiple articles about what people think and their experiences. My favorite thing we read was American Born Chinese, it really showed me that people can change because of someone else's words and it reminds me how I should be towards people. It really made me reflect on my life and how I was socialized, that helped me with what I want to do for my mask and what I wanted to write about. Our exhibition was really helpful, I learned more about how adults see our teen world, there all just stereotypes. When I told people I wanted to become more consciously aware I can see on their faces that they were surprised that I would even say it and I felt like some of the adults felt like that was dumb or didn’t believe me. I started off with the idea of people being unaware with things that are just dangling in front of their eyes. I wanted my mask to reflect of me and my life and how I want to be more aware of things. My paragraph took me a long long time to complete, Jessica and I revised it more than a couple times. That really pushed me to do the best I can, I talked a lot about my opinion on how I think social media. I really liked how my paragraph played out it flowed and I worked so hard on it.
My Project: Next time I want to work more on the mask than the paragraph, I'm glad I had a lot of time to do my paragraph but I feel like my mask could have been better. In class I worked on my paragraph and didn't really give myself a chance to do a couple more revisions on my mask. I really should have thought about more things to put on there, that represented me, maybe talked and represented who I really was. In my next project I’m going to start working more on the project before I start getting into my paragraph. If it was me I would have split the time differently maybe for half of humanities on the project and the other half to work on the paragraph.
Refinement: The day of the exhibition I was stressed because I thought I wasn’t ready, but talking to more and more people about it made me more confident. As I talked about my mask and paragraph they would ask some questions that really aren't relevant and that really pushed me to be more talkative towards my mask, and start talking more about my paragraph. Our exhibition was fun I had a lot of interesting conversations, and during it I realized the things I could have improved on or explained some other things. The most interesting question that I was asked was “what’s the meaning of life” I thought this guy was serious, but he meant a number that represents life.
Exhibition:The biggest takeaway from this project is that I never understood why I was who I am, what made me become me. Reading all these books about other people and how they were socialized has made me reflect a lot about who I am and how I was socialized. Now I understand where I became me. Because my mom was raised not that strict and so I wasn’t raised like that. I had the freedom to be whatever I want and whoever I want to be. Personally I don’t go by people’s expectations I do what I feel is right.