Weekly Report 10/24 to 10/30
This past week was an interesting one. I had an interview, two assessments, and worked on my first draft of the display board. However, I also had a Church Retreat the whole weekend, so I had to complete both assessments before Friday. I was put in a situation where I had to manage my time in a way that meant I would have a minuscule amount of homework by Sunday. In that sense, I felt as if I improved is great deal this week. In my writing and in my time management. I also enjoyed working on the display board and found my interview amazing.
The retreat I had this weekend was stunning, but before it, I had to complete both my essays. I spent two days on them and managed to complete them by Thursday night. It was interesting to write these essays, as I worked on following the same structure as the ones before it. I feel as though I am definitely improving on not only my writing, but also the speed of my writing. I also tried making my research assessment about something I deeply cared about rather than something I thought was necessary, as Mr. Speice requested. I feel as though it benefited me greatly. This new method helped me enjoy writing the assessment more than usual. The interview assessment was written practically the same way which is fine, since I actually enjoy thinking about my interviews. I also wrote much faster than usual, with what I feel is the same quality. Overall I am beginning to become better in managing my time and improving on my weaknesses.
My interview this week was different than usual. My interviewee had already been an ISM mentor in the past, so she was more comfortable sharing her information. Ms. Foster and I talked for an hour about her work as a painter, how she got where she is now, and her past ISM experience. Ms. Foster and I also talked about the type of art she created, but I feel as she is more interested in explaining to me how to survive financially in art, more than teaching me art. This interview has led me to a conclusion: conduct interviews with incredibly successful artists and concept artists. It is the best way to learn about art.
I am beginning to feel more confident in this class, which is great, but I must not get over my head. In a few weeks I will have a speech due, and I know how difficult the last one was for me, so I need to be prepared to make a successful speech. I learned last time what worked, a sort of outline and lots of practice, so I will work on replicating that. I feel that recognizing improvement is incredibly valuable in helping me see progress, but I also believe that I need to have a mindset focused on improving even further. As I see it, there is always room to improve.