Wednesday, January 8, 2014

An Update

What I have experienced in my 20Time explorations is a lesson to be cherished and practiced: patience. Now that the planning is over, I will play sometime at the nursing home in the spring. I moved it due to the kind of music I want to play. It is a happier time, especially for me, and I would be more enthusiastic.

This semester long project was something that I handled with other priorities. At first, I didn't know what 20Time was. Now I can explain it to anyone without a struggle. I can spread the idea of dedicating 20% of time to a project that you really care about. It was a passion finding, motivation boosting and multitasking project. I would suggest it to any class. Now I know my place with music, contacting authorities and helping people. 

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Reflecting Research and Further Steps

Although my passion is not the same for my project, I have learned a lot in my project that can help other prospective pharmacy students. I can share with my peers what to do and what to stray away from, hoping they succeed in their journey. One thing I learned is that you have to always aim for the top in high school, college, and applying for pharmacy school. I can tell that to someone who might be slacking but wants to do well.

Other than this research paper, I have starting to research some of my songs I want to play. Majority of them are Christmas songs. I will also contact my nursing home of interest. I am hoping we can schedule something in January. Over these final days of the semester I will be preparing for this performance and try to put a lot of soul, joy, and heart into what I'm performing. I am hoping they will feel the happiness I am trying to radiate.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Pursuing Medicine

There are two opportunities that I find interesting in the slew of professions you can pursue from medicine. For me, I think being a pharmacist or a professor would be a good choice. I researched these professions and educational requirements, modeled by my inquiry questions I wrote.

I discovered that a lot of schooling is needed to pursue pharmacy. Undergraduate schools teach you pre pharmacy, but some people can go straight out of high school to a six year program. I don't think I would like to do that. Overall, the schooling seems beneficial for the future. It is hard to become a professor, and I never really liked teaching, so I could rule that out.

Monday, November 11, 2013

The Most Valuable Lesson I Learned

The most valuable lesson I have learned through 20Time so far is that a little thought can go a big way, only if you put thought and effort into it. Nothing great is possible without trying your best. Our 20Time projects are based completely on our passions and helping the community. It takes a lot more thought than writing about what you can do to help your community. We are actually going through with it, and we are learning the necessary skills to succeed in our project and in the real world. 

This lesson will continue to motivate me throughout this project and always remember the reason why I chose this project. I will know that music will create a positive atmosphere in the community I just moved into. In my other classes and throughout my high school experience, it will help me know that nothing comes easy and effort is the only way to succeeding. I will continue to work hard and continue to create the ideas I have into masterpieces. This will also help me in college and the real world when looking for a job.

Monday, November 4, 2013

My Pitch Day Experience

I would have to say my pitch day experience was very interesting. I got to present my ideas logically and personally with my community. My community is one that I'm trying to influence and if they see my idea, they can help me and hopefully find my personally obvious idea something amazing. After Pitch Day, I realized this project was real and happening. 

One thing that really lifted my spirit was that someone told me the residents I'm playing for will applaud and smile to anything that I play, even if I mess up the whole song. It made me so happy and made me want to do this project even more. They like the thought that I care and want to make them happy. This is the main goal and it seems so easily accessible yet so worth it. Now this project is starting to get fun, especially in time for holiday season.

Friday, October 25, 2013

The Waiting Game

So far, I have contacted my person and told them my motive and expectation for this project. They responded very quickly and told me they would ask the staff if I was allowed to. When I read those words, I know I was going to play the waiting game. I had no problem with it. I needed to learn how to be patient. It has been a few days and I haven't heard back. Although, they did tell me their residents enjoy music from the 30's-50's. It's time for me to research some classics.

Some music that I have thought of are a lot of Christmas tunes and American salutes. These are very cliche but who doesn't enjoy them? I am so excited to play some Christmas music! I want them to enjoy them so I asked for permission. Hopefully they say yes! This waiting game has helped me organize my timeline by pitch day. Now I am being more organized. 

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Contacting The Authority

The contacting part of my plan has taken a weird turn. I had planned to call, and I was so ready. I ended up getting the voice mail. I was surprised I didn't think it could happen. I thought it was no big deal, and I left a message. I was sort of disappointed because I had hyped myself up so much for one phone call that I hoped would be approved, but I left a message, and I might have forgotten to tell them to call me back, or reply. Maybe I should have just emailed him.

I learned that making phone calls are part of the real world strategies that I was going to have to conquer. I know emailing everyone wasn't going to be the best solution to everything, so I took the harder route this time. Now, I will wait for the person to contact me back. I might have to problem solve because I have to do the same thing again if they reject me. For now, it looks fine. I hope this part of my project will go smoothly, because it is the most nerve wracking.