Monday, May 11, 2015

Reflection

Newton's third law states "For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction". Therefor without the first action, there would be no reaction. This is something that was evident to me during this project. You won't get anything done unless you really put forth the effort.

I'll be the first to acknowledge that I'm not the most driven person. In other words I'm pretty lazy, and enjoy my relaxing time more than the average person should. That showed in my project because I really didn't get any physical work done. However, even though I wish I did more with this opportunity, I'm okay with how it turned out.

My main struggle with this project was that I didn't know what to do that would help my cause. I've always been passionate about the whole depression/suicide thing, especially over this school year. But whenever I would look at these different organizations and charities that we're for my cause, none of them seemed to really be able to help anything. And I didn't want to invest my time in something I wasn't passionate about. That's not what I thought 20 time was, just doing something just to get it done. 

So after I finally realized I couldn't find anything that really clicked for me to put my time into, I decided on prioritizing my talk. My project would be more about spreading the word and the importance of happiness. I'll continue into next year and try to get my plan installed of the one assignment per quarter that a student can turn in a day late for full credit, just to lift off some of that extra stress. I just want to help with the little things where I can. I also got into link crew, so I want to be able to talk to and help my freshman next year.  And I'll try to spread the word through school as much as possible. 

Overall, I'm very fortunate and grateful to be part of this project. I figured out some stuff about myself as a person and as a student along the way, and it was an overall great experience. Even though I didn't fulfill my beginning goals and I didn't make a huge impact, I made one in myself and that's something I can grow on. 

Friday, March 6, 2015

Ninth blog

Hi hi watch this! http://youtu.be/X09MYZaizjk

So as you should know my project has been all about raising awareness and prevention for suicide and depression. One of my favorite youtubers, Tyler Oakley, is very passionate about the same thing. While watching one of his recent videos (the one linked above) I realized that this organization could be one that suits my project well. 

What he is doing is raising money for the  Trevor project, which is an organization that has help lines for suicidal teens. My only problem with this organization is that even though they have the helpline for all teens in need of help, they have a lot more options that are primarily for LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bi, transgender, questioning) youth. While I think that is still great, I wanted something more broad. But I will continue to look into it. 

Now if I fully decide I want to donate to this charity, Tyler makes it easy to do through him and has prizes for certain amounts you donate, which would be how I got people to donate to me. I could maybe have them pay to enter a raffle to win one of the prizes or something like that. Also if you raise $1000 you get a Skype call with Tyler himself, which in pretty sure is something people would pay to do. This is just a thought through, I'm not quite sure on what to go through with. 

But I can assure you that you will be he first to be informed when I figure more out. Until next time.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Eighth blog

And just like that, mid-winter break was over. 

Over the past week I've had a lot of down time. A lot of time to think. Without the stress of school and endless assignments/tests hanging over my shoulders I actually feel so much better about myself, and discover a lot about myself (as weird and stupid as that seems). Just having time to think is a great feeling. 

Because my project is something that is relevant to my friends and I on a regular basis, I put a lot of thought into it. Depression is becoming scarily common. So much that people are starting to think is normal, nothing too worry about. Just because some people may not be suicidal doesn't mean that they're okay. Being depressed is no way to live. And what about the kids that are suicidal dot does anyone even know about it? Or care? 

People need to be able to recognize the signs and know how to help. I'll admit that I'm not an expert. I'm not a doctor and I don't have expirience handling this kind of thing. However my friends have told me that just having my presence, and me being myself, has helped them. Being around someone who is happy , I guess it rubs off on them. Also it's a positive distraction to keep them from their negative thoughts. Small things like texts just to remind the person you're there for them and care for them. Those are the little things that make a difference.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Seventh blog

Well what can I say. Still not much physical progress. This is 100% my fault, I probably could be making more progress on this, but whenever I do try i come up with nothing.

My project is one more of mental an motivational work, then physical work. I'm interested in giving a Ted talk where I can explain what my project has been and why I'm so passionate about this. I would also love to raise awareness for suicide and depression with this talk, I feel like I could get really into it. 

My current plan of action is just to think of ways to make a difference. I'm done googling things and trying to find organizations, because that's not something I really feel passionate about. I want to look at the root of some people's problems and think of ways to help solve them. 

One root I'm looking into is school. It is the root of so much stress and anxiety, which go hand and hand with depression. The amount of times students, even myself, stress cry over too much homework and tests and just get overwhelmed with everything, is just not okay. I don't think teachers realize this. I was thinking about maybe trying to bring up a policy with some teachers that gives one excused assignment to a student per quarter, so next time someone gets so overwhelmed and has a breakdown, they can just take their mental health over the stress of their grade. Also, more options for make up tests or alternatives to testing because some students are just not good testers. My friends have told me about how they have panic attacks during tests and hyperventilate, sometimes they have walked out in the middle of tests crying in the bathroom.  I want to figure out how to help with this problem. 

Until next time,
Louise 

Monday, January 26, 2015

Sixth blog

First semester is over, second is just beginning. 

To be blunt, I obviously haven't gotten much physical work done with this project. Up to this point it has mostly been me mentally trying to figure out where to go with this opportunity, trying to figure out what I'm most passionate. And then somehow I had to make a goal and a project out of it. And that's not an easy task. 

Now that I have my mind set about what I want to do, and I have narrowed down my approach, I can continue to move forward with it.. So here is my overall plan:

I want to first of all raise awareness for depression among teens. Second, I want to maybe do something to prevent it/ help it. I'm going to work on smaller projects, accomplish goal by goal just trying to make a difference. Trying to make an impact. 

I know a lot of students anxiety comes from school, I'm going to try and start at the route and see what I can do to change that. Being a student myself I can understand where there's things come from. Just small, problem solving projects are what I'm going to be focusing on. 

Friday, January 9, 2015

Long time no see-fifth blog post

Hello again!

I know my past few blog post have been confusing, just me trying to figure out exactly what I am going to do with this project. I still don't have a set plan and all of the details worked out, but my thoughts have been sorted out.

Depression is extremely common among teenagers. I don't think many people realize how serious of an issue this is, it almost seems like I have more sad friends then happy ones. I've decided not to sit around and watch this anymore. I want to raise awareness to the fact mental health is just as important as physical health, a broken arm can heal. A mind, is a bit more complicated and a sick one can be extremely dangerous.

My plan of action is to talk to Hannah Connors, a former 20 time student, who last year did a project similar to mine. She organized a walk to raise money for suicide prevention (or something of the sorts). I don't know if we're just going to chat about project ideas, or maybe working together in some way, but I'm hoping she can help set me on the right path. 

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Fourth blog

(This is a little late, my bad!)

So this previous Sunday, I was at church and these women were giving their testimonies about how they used to be addicted to drugs and how rough their lives were until they found this organization, called Life challenge. They have this program where you can sponsor a student. This involves donating $35/month/student. I will attach a picture of the brochure that explains what you get in return as well how you are helping. I was considering kind of re-routing my project to do something with this. I'm not sure yet, but maybe I could hold some sort of fundraiser to get money to donate every month. And maybe my end goal could be to meet the girl or maybe even have her come to my talk and share her story. 


Now I don't know if I am changing my project to do this, but it is kind of related to what I was doing before (in the sense of helping someone who is in a bad situation). I also am not sure about the rules of it being a Christian program, so I will have to look into that as well. 

I'm only really looking into this project because I haven't really been getting very far with my original idea. When I make up my mind, I'm sure you will hear about it.

Until next time.