- What did you enjoy about the experience?
I enjoyed trying something new and sticking with it throughout the year. I usually start things that I never finish learning, like knitting, piano, gymnastics, and learning Chinese. This time I was forced (not in a bad way) to keep learning and cooking. I was glad that I could cook for myself and do something nice for my family.
- What was the most challenging aspect of your Twenty Time project?
The most challenging aspect of my Twenty Time project was finding the time and motivation to cook. It takes a while for me to cook and bake, at least an hour, and it was hard for me to carve dedicate time to really trying to do it, as an externally motivated person. I either had to do it during the weekend when I wanted to relax or during the week when I had homework.
- What is one thing you learned about yourself by participating in your Twenty Time project?
I learned that I am not as patient as I thought I was. During this process I had to wait on a lot of things to cook and bake and I really had trouble with it. I would check on things every few minutes rather than just waiting for the timer to go off. I also found out that I hate editing which take a lot of time and patience for a very short video.
- What are you most proud of? Why?
I am most proud of learning to cook dinner for myself. This is especially helpful since my parents are vegan and I’d rather not eat seitan (l know it sounds scary) stir fry or vegan bean chili every night. I have also been able to make chicken parmesan in under an hour!
- What lessons did you learn from your successes?
I learned that I am capable of making successful dished from recipes online without ever trying them before. It takes less skill than I thought to cook and more skill than I anticipated to bake.
- What lessons did you learn from your failures?
I learned that it is okay and even good to fail. When I failed I could figure out where I went wrong so I could avoid making the same mistake next time.
- What is one thing about this project you believe you’ll remember for a long time to come?
I will definitely remember how to make red velvet cupcakes. My grandmother loved them so I will make them whenever I want to get on her good side in the future.
- What is something the teacher could have done to make this project better?
I think Ms. Wittman did a great job with this project. The only problems I had were self generated and I think we had enough time in class to work on it.
Overall, I had a great time and learned a lot. Thank you Ms. Wittman for pushing me to try something new.