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.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Diversity in Detroit

                I recently went down to downtown to Detroit's Campus Martius and got to speak to some interesting people. When I got downtown I wasn't sure what to except going into this but I was pleasantly surprised. It was a really exciting and insightful experience to go up to people and ask them questions. I felt like a TV interviewer on the streets which was probably the funnest part of this project so far. I am excited to go down to Detroit more and talk to so more people and ask them some different questions then the people I talked to recently. This trip I didn't ask very deep questions because I wanted to get a feel for how ask simple questions went and it went better than I expected. This trip was very enlightening and really calmed my nerves about this project. I am going to share with you the answers I got from the people and pictures I took of them.
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              The first person I spoke to was a security guard. He lives in Detroit because he says, "Its a necessity life." He came to be a security guard because he was unemployed where he used to live and came to Detroit looking for opportunity. He was a retired Veteran of the United States Army Reserve. Looking to find a job he went to the Veterans Residence in Detroit which has a job club. The job club contacted management of strategic protection which later employed him as his current job a security guard.
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           This man works in Detroit as a Programmer. He used to program for Compuware, a computer company that makes software. He grew up in Warren and now lives in Troy and commutes to Detroit for work everyday. People who impacted his life greatly were his grandparents who came here to find jobs as so many others come to Detroit to do.
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           Probably the most interesting person I met would be this guy. He is 29 and works for the Detroit Circus and works in Detroit all the time. The Detroit Circus's home base is the Detroit Fly House which is a circus school in Eastern Market. He comes down to Detroit about 6 days a week. Earlier in the day he performed at the Children's Hospital for kids who just had open heart surgery. He told me his job, "Is pretty much the greatest thing in the world," and he highly recommend everyone tries the circus life at some point. I asked him how he got to become a part of the circus and he told me when he was in middle school which was the late 90's  juggling was really really popular and he never really gave it up fully. One day he was running the door at a soup dinner called 'Detroit Soup' which is a micro-funding project that is held monthly in Detroit. The head of Detroit Circus school he says,  "a wonderful woman named misha" came up to him and said, "Hey, that's really cool," when she saw him juggling and yo-yoing. She went on to tell him about this school and he started taking classes, performing with them and 6 months later teaching classes there. He tells me he really fell in love with it and performing professionally for about  3 1/2 years now.
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         Sitting by the fountain I talked to a brother and sister who brought his daughters and her nieces down to Detroit for their first time. She grew up on the east side of Detroit and now works in Detroit as a civil engineer, her boyfriend is the project manger for the M1Rail. He was born in Detroit then moved to the suburbs and now lives in Lexington up in the thumb.  I asked them what they love the most about Detroit and they had different views.  She loves the culture,diversity, and the urban atmosphere in Detroit. He told me ,"He wishes the best for Detroit but he cant say he loves the place, hes a country boy at heart."
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          This Bride was just married at St. Mary's church tonight and couldn't resist taking wedding pictures with the enormous, lit up tree at Campus Martius. She is 27 and grew up in Commers 30 minutes from Detroit. She loves that Detroit has a great sense of community and how everybody bonds together very well.
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       These ladies aren't just carolers in Detroit but residents. They love to enjoy the festivities Detroit has to offer every year. They love the variety of Detroit and how multi-cultural it is. They also loves that there is events for people of all ages. I asked them where they see themselves 10 years from now? One of the ladies told me she sees herself married, possibly owning a business. She is also a graduate/alumni of Wayne state.
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       This Detroiter has had a busy day. He started off his day with his friends getting breakfast, ice skating, and visiting the places it was to offer. He loves how Detroit is cleaning up and doing better. It feels like home to him because his family lived here for 3 generations.

      I talked to two girls who live here in Detroit. They have lived here their whole life and they love that they can relate to the people there. I asked them who impacted their lives the most, they both said each other because they both grew up together and also got through some hard times together. I asked to take a picture of them but their religion doesn't allow it. 
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      This ice princess is a professional entertainer of the people of Detroit for 7 years. She comes here throughout the winter on the weekends to greet the people who come visit and live in Detroit. She loves the culture Detroit has to offer and especially the kids that come here.
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       I stopped this stopping guard to talk to and her clothes aren't the only thing bright about her, she shines with kindness. She not only works her but she has been living here for 35 years. She says its her home. I asked her what she loves the most about Detroit and she said ,"I love being apart of its transition and of everything that makes Detroit truly beautiful and I mean emphasis on the word truly no matter how other people try to predict it." The thing that impacts her life the most are children and animals. They drive her and she just saw some of her karate kid students because she also teaches martial arts. She loves their innocence and willingness to learn and not have a alternative motive or idea of their own. She thinks children are like sponges they absorb information and do things she could not do herself. Children motive her to do her very best.
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       This guy not only loves Detroit but his food cart. He grew up here,lives here, and works here in Detroit.  He loves everything about Detroit. He comes here with his cart a couple times a week. The person he admires the most is Nelson Mandela. He really believes in his philosophies such as peace and forgiveness. He finds himself the happiest in his cart working.