Sunday, May 10, 2015

My Reflection

      As the time comes to reflect on our 20 time projects and experiences, I have come to realize my achievements and mistakes. I learned a lot over the past 9 months working on my 20 time project. I have come to realize I didn't accomplish what I wanted to from this. In the begging of the year I wanted to make my project huge and I wanted to do something that people would enjoy as much as me. As we got farther into the year I really lost the passion in my project. I feel like I didn't want to do it anymore as I once did. I really wish I did more with it though because it was such a cool idea. When I was talking to people I actually really enjoyed my project and wanted to continue to do it all day. I loved talking to people and meeting new people, but I didn't really like listening then typing out all my interviews.  I am a bit disappointed in myself that I didn't go out to more parts of Detroit like I planned but I did meet a bunch of interesting people where I did go.
        I feel like I progressively got lazier in keeping up with my project. As I began to lose interest in my project it became harder to write these blog posts. I always felt like I had so much on my plate and that this was just another thing I had to do. As the end approached I realized how much I have learned and liked about my project. I think I am going to continue to work on this project after this year is over or even try something new when I don't have so much going on. I think because I researched "Humans of New York" I had high expectations in what kind of people I wanted to meet. I wanted to meet people who not only had amazing stories but looked really unique. This wasn't the best mentality going into my project. Working on my project really helped me work on talking to strangers and not being afraid of them. It was a good way to help me become even more outgoing then I already am. Yes, my 20 time project was a bit of a failure but the important thing was that I learned from it and went out and met some awesome people. Overall I really like the idea and concept of 20 time, I just think kids get lazy because they don't enjoy their project enough. I think Mr. Provenzano should continue to do this next year so other kids can also accept their mistakes and enjoy their accomplishments.  

Monday, April 20, 2015

     As 20 time is coming to an end, I have been reflecting on my project in order to present my speech. I have had a blast doing my project and I plan to continue doing it for awhile to see how many people I can meet. I think it was a great learning experience and I plan to share what I have learned in my 20 time speech. I am still considering the idea of the TEDX talk but I am kind of unsure about it. I think I will have a good amount of things to talk about in my talk and I am confident in what I have done so far.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Sunny days in Detroit

        I went down to Detroit today and I met some pretty cool people! I didn't get to take any pictures though because my camera is sadly broken! I still got to ask people questions and I heard some good responses!

        The first person I met was a woman named Carol and I asked her who she admired most in life and she said, " I would have to say I admire my mom the most because of the way she raised me and my siblings to be strong, independent people." I also asked her what she loved the most about Detroit and she said ,"I love the diverse atmosphere and the kind people." 

       The next person I met was a man and he was really cool and answered some questions for me! He told me, "the thing that makes him the happiest is spending time with his family and loved ones. Some people don't get to be around the people they love as much as they want to, so I am very grateful they I get to." He also told me he looks up to his older brother and how he is so put together and he aspires to be like him. 

        I spoke with a lovely woman who told me about her history in Detroit. She told me she loved visiting Detroit and she tries to come here as much as she can. She is inspired the most by her parents how they gave her parents a wonderful life and she cherishes that. 
        The last person I spoke with was a woman who works in Detroit at the local Starbucks. She told me she loves working in Detroit because of all the awesome and enjoyable people that walk through there everyday. She told me she wants to be able to stay in Detroit as long as she can! 

Sunday, March 8, 2015

This weekend I unfortunately didn't get the chance to go down to Detroit because I had a cold. I have found some new places to visit in Detroit like Greektown, Midtown, and the RiverWalk. I hope these places have a more diverse selection of people than just the central business district. I am still working on with my website and social medias. I am feeling better and  ready to go out next weekend to meet more people. I am excited to start the collage of all the people that I will have by the end of the year.

Sunday, February 22, 2015


       I don't have any stories to share this week but I do have some ideas. I am thinking about going to talk to people at the DIA and still the Renaissance Center. Its been so cold lately that its hard to get myself to go out to interview people. I have been working on my website also. It is coming along really well. I still need to focus on  updating my instagram and twitter. When I do travel to Detroit I had out fliers to the people I talk to to check out this blog to see their interview. I want to make like business cards instead because they are smaller and people will be less likely to lose them. If you are wondering I do have someone that comes down to Detroit with me kinda like my bodyguard, its my dad. Also my friend Kendall and my mentor Gilly accompany me. Its a really fun thing to do, once you get to Detroit you get pumped and ready to get out there and talk to people.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Conquering the Cold

                Tonight was quite freezing but that didn't stop me from going down to Detroit. It was quite the adventure trying to interview people while simultaneously trying to stay warm. It was really fun and I met some pretty cool people.

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            This police officer may be cold but has a warm heart. Holly loves that she gets to help people as a police officer. She was influenced the most by her mom. Her mom is a strong woman and has been through a lot. She sees herself in 10 years married with 4 kids. 

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       This guy is a real a trend setter. A person who influences him the most is his brother because he likes where he is at in his life. He loves fashion because he doesn't like to dress like everyone else he likes to dress different. He grew up without a dad which made him a stronger person. Sleeping is what makes him the happiest. If he could meet someone dead or alive he would meet Micheal Jackson because he likes his music. 

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     This king of Detroit admires anyone who is willing to prosper. He is the most passionate about sports because of the competitiveness and the learning of self-disciple. He loves the values behind sports and how you can you can use in life. He really enjoys going out to play sports. His first job was a landscaper. 

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      This lady is shining on the outside and the inside. Jackie is influenced the most by her father. He was a veteran from the Marine core. He recently passed away and had a beautiful funeral. She is the most passionate about her daughter. Her first job was in glow works. Someone alive or dead she would like to meet would be the singer Aliyah because she wrote a lot of inspirational music.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

busy busy

               Recently I have not been able to go down to Detroit due to my busy schedule. Studying for midterms took practically all my time. Midterm week is finally over so I now have more time to work on my project. My plans for the future is to interview more people in a variety of places instead of just one.I am planning to go to Eastern Market soon and then the Renaissance Center and the YMCA. I also am working on updating my website. I need to post the interviews and the pictures on it. I think I'm gonna make a schedule for the days I plan to go downtown. I will try my best to go down every available weekend. I need to interview a lot more people because by the end of the year I want to make a big collage of all the people I talked to and of the places I went to. I am planning to go next weekend so ill tell you how that goes.