- What did you enjoy about the experience?
I greatly enjoyed this experience for many reasons. Music is one of my favorite things, and I loved the feeling of having a challenge and then overcoming it. It also gave me something to focus on that wasn’t school work, and I now have a new passion because of it.
- What was the most challenging aspect of your Twenty Time project?
The most challenging aspect was definitely finding the time to practice my guitar. I would usually get home from school and have a lot of homework…afterwards the desire to sleep usually overtook playing the guitar.
- What is one thing you learned about yourself by participating in your Twenty Time project?
I learned that if I put my mind to something, no matter what the challenge, I can overcome it. I think I doubted in the beginning that I would make a lot of progress in the beginners course, however I was proven entirely wrong.
- What are you most proud of? Why?
I am most proud that I didn’t give up, and that I made it so far in the beginners course. I kept persevering even when I found something extremely difficult, especially when I was first starting out. I also never really allowed myself to think negative thoughts about my playing, which is quite an accomplishment for me.
- What lessons did you learn from your successes?
I learned that if you put work into something you can progress farther than you ever thought. I also think I will be much more willing to try new things because of this project, because I learned that trying new things can lead to surprising outcomes.
- What lessons did you learn from your failures?
Through my failures I learned that there is no point in getting so frustrated that it ruins the experience. Instead, I now know that to be successful you have to be optimistic and believe that, with enough practice, you will make good progress. I also learned that you will not always reaching the goals you set at the beginning, and it is important to not let that discourage you from continuing.
- What is one thing about this project you believe you’ll remember for a long time to come?
Well, I will always have my guitar to play now, and I will definitely continue learning it for many years to come. I think that this project gave me something that will last a lifetime, which is something I would’ve never guessed when starting out.
- What is something the teacher could have done to make this project better?
I think, because this project is independent, the teacher did everything perfectly. She gave us the motivation and structure to get started, but then let us work through most of the details and setbacks by ourselves.
Thank you so much for this opportunity!