- What did you enjoy about the experience?
Twenty Time served as a section of the week where I could slow down and enjoy myself. I was able to lose myself in something that I really enjoyed but rarely have time for. I also found that Twenty Time served as a measuring stick for how relaxed and happy I was during the year. If I was able to truly enjoy myself that meant I was doing well mentally.
- What was the most challenging aspect of your Twenty Time project?
I often struggled to find a way to be creative when I did not have the motivation to actually try and find a new angle for a subject. I found myself putting off taking quality photos until I felt like it. Instead, I would take mediocre pictures and promise myself to take enough decent photos to make up for my laziness. When I did not feel the artistic vibe on a Twenty Time day I would put off taking pictures to the next day hoping that I would want to take them. Often times I was daunted by the fact that my pictures might not be good enough for my presentation. This was not exactly motivating me to take pictures because I felt like I might not even incorporate photos I took on a particular Twenty Time. None the less I eventually got around to taking them with quite a few mental pep talks.
- What is one thing you learned about yourself by participating in your Twenty Time project?
I found out that I love to prioritize. My dad has always told me to consider my priorities wisely and I think I may have taken it a little far. During the year I tended to put off taking pictures because I had more important and demanding things to do. Usually I would put off taking my Twenty Time pictures until seven or eight o’clock. By then I would tell myself that I could not possibly take pictures when it was dark because the lighting would be yellow, or my subject was outside. I ended up shooting the next day because I knew my blog post was due within twenty four hours. By the end of the year I was able to complete Twenty Time in a more timely fashion because of the impending presentations. Twenty Time has made me recognize that I should be careful in putting off lower priorities because there are consequences.
- What are you most proud of? Why?
I am surprisingly most proud of the time-lapse video I showed to document my day to day work. When I complete larger projects that require some form of physical evidence of work I usually never give any insight into my process. Even though this video was not my end product I was exceptionally proud that I recorded a section of my hard work over the year to share with the class. When I watch presentations the process of the creator is often overlooked or passed over briefly and I like to see progress in addition to a final end product.
- What lessons did you learn from your successes?
Success is the reward to hard work and failure, and is one of many motivating factors for me. My successes usually came in the form of photos, these photos were usually used as targets to beat. I would challenge myself to take a better picture than I took last time, this is what kept me going even when I felt like doing nothing. Over the course of this year I learned to use successes as targets to improve my work. Critiquing my own successes made me expect more from myself in and out of Twenty Time.
- What lessons did you learn from your failures?
One particular realization struck me about half way through the year. I was limiting myself by taking pictures to represent words, having to keep in mind directions while trying to be innovative was not working. My creativity level was suffering because of a self imposed restriction. The goal of taking pictures for these words was so that I could have a more concrete plan for my final product. One thing that I was able to take away from this failure was that deciding the end result of something before it even happens takes away from new opportunities and possibilities. In the future I plan to have a vision for my final products but not restrictions.
- What is one thing about this project you believe you’ll remember for a long time to come?
Having structured time for doing something that I love this year has been a blessing. I have enjoyed myself more during this year because I am pursuing photography. Twenty Time has helped me find myself when I was getting lost in school work, and escape from the pressure. After seeing the positive effect that following my passions has had, I will always try to make time for things that I enjoy most, even when there seems to be no time at all.
- What is something the teacher could have done to make this project better?
Incorporating a quick reflection every quarter would help some of the students that are struggling to use time wisely get back on track. Include questions that show students where they are in relation to others as a motivational tool. Even reflecting with classmates at tables and sharing their experience would help people gauge their trajectory for the year. Also encouraging students to do something that have never tried before would be helpful, I really liked keeping up with photography but at the same time I wish that I had explored other regions of interest.