Monday, June 9, 2014

Final Post

My opinion of 20 time is that it was extremely fun, I had a great time learning how to sail and joining the sailing team. Some aspects that could be changed would be the use of time in class. For my project specifically there wasn't much I could do besides write my blog post, although the down time was nice. One thing that shouldn't be changed is the blog post every other week. A lot of times I had weeks where I didn't accomplish anything so a blog post every week didn't make sense. I do believe 20 time is something that students should do in school because it gives students a chance to doing something that they're passionate about. It's a break from the rigidity of school and it's very nice. Some advice to give to give to future students would be to pick a project that they are interested in. Most importantly I would tell them NOT to pick a project they think they will fail at. Although it's nice that failure is an option students need to not rely so much on it. It's been quite fun and I'm glad we got the option to do 20 Time

Monday, May 26, 2014

My Speech

Well I gave my speech. Huge weight off my shoulders. Hopefully I'll be selected to give a TED talk but that is yet to be seen. I'm pretty sure I won't get picked because my speech was only five minutes, and I forgot the whole moral of it all. As soon as I sat down after giving my speech I remembered what I was supposed to say. I was going to say how much of a confidence booster this project was for me and how I never thought in a million years I'd give a speech like that and not be terrified. Also when my English teacher asked me if I thought I would be a sailor in the beginning of the year I said I had no idea that would happen. I never would've thought I would be on the south sailing team or even be considered to give a TED talk. It's just really cool looking back at what I accomplished. At the very least I think my speech was pretty funny so that's a plus. I guess I'll see whether I get picked or not and see what happens from there, I bet I could make my speech eight minutes long. Regardless I'm glad I came out of my shell more this year cause looking back at how I was last year as a freshman makes me cringe hahaha.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

The Season So Far

Being able to sail so far has been a huge blast. I've been sailing with different skippers most of the times and they've each told me helpful things. I've learned how to tack, jibe, and roll tack. I'm still trying to grasp the racing concepts but that will come with time. I've realized something though, with some new things you just need to learn the hard way. For example, I managed to get myself hit in the head by the boom (the big metal pole that swings quickly when you turn). Now I have a better grasp of when to duck and get up, just in case my skipper doesn't let me know when we're tacking, which is what happened when I hit my head. It's just one of those things that I'll get better at the more experience I get at it. Practice makes perfect. I'm a little worried about my talk, but I'll really get into tweaking it after AP testing is over. I would love to give a TED talk, but that all depends on how good my speech is. The one thing that is comforting about the talk is that we have a little screen where we can actually see what slide we're on without looking behind us. It's small but I think it'll really help. It's probably going to be a bumpy ride, but if my project has taught me anything, it's that I can perservere through it and succeed.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Spring Break and the week ahead

This wasn't a very productive week for anything. I traveled down to Florida for the week and had a wonderful lazy break. Now I have to get back into full swing in school. The end of the year is coming a lot faster than I want it to, and I'm going to need to get the ball rolling again. After AP tests are over I'm hoping to really focus on my speech and the slides to go along with it. It'll be a large chunk of homework off my schedule and will free up some more time for 20 time. The talk aside I went for my first sail the Thursday before break and it was quite exciting. I lost by balance a few times, but I managed to stay in the boat AND the boat didn't flip over so it was a victory in my book. This coming week we have practice every day except Friday, so it'll be a busy week. I think by the end of this week I'll have improved a great deal at sailing.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Plans to sail

As soon as Friday might be my actual first day of sailing. I still need to get my gear, and it's rather expensive. Thankfully it's a one time only cost. Today practice was a little different and we watched videos of sailing and tactics for team racing. It was nice to have a break from the gym but I think we'll be back there on Wednesday. I'm also really excited to get the stuff I ordered like the sweatshirt and hat that have south sailing on them. Things are progressing very smoothly and I'll be sailing in the very near future. One thing I'd like to happen is for me to sail in a regatta. To get a varsity letter for the team you need to sail in at least one so I think if I dedicate myself to getting better I'll be able to get one. If I can't accomplish this goal it won't be the end of the world, but it will be disappointing. Even if I don't sail in one being on the team has been a blast so far. I'm really glad I decided to do this for my 20 time project. I'm still finalizing what I want to say for my talk. I'm not sure if I want to do the theme of perseverance, but I'll decide soon. I'll probably have a quick chat with my teacher about it when I get my thoughts together a little more. 

Monday, March 24, 2014

Sailing team so far

I'm really enjoying being on the sailing team so far. We've been in the weight room every other day and there's plans to rig the boats on Friday. I've been getting stronger and more prepared to actually sail. Since there's not much to talk about I'll share some ideas for my speech at the end of the year. 

First and foremost I'd really love to give a TED talk. I know I've mentioned it before but I figured I'd reiterate. These are only a few ideas but I might be able to make a great speech out of them. When I was doing insanity I didn't really notice any outward appearance change with my physique. Now I didn't really care about that, but it still would've felt a little more rewarding had I noticed some more significant change. Only after a couple weeks of lifting weights, I'm already noticing a bigger change than I had throughout the entirety of insanity. I realized that insanity was mainly cardio, so it makes sense that there wouldn't be as drastic a change as I thought. This also got me thinking about the topic of change in general. I feel almost as if I never did insanity then I would've been far worse off when we starting going to the weight room. All those push ups really did help. I feel like if I didn't change how I was on the inside, changing myself on the outside would've been nearly pointless. When you want to make a change for the better, always look within yourself first. Once you are who you want to be, then you can focus more on trivial things like outward appearance.

One little thing I'd also like to touch on is the idea of perseverance. When I was midway through the program, I started to develop pain in my knees. At first I just tried to work through it, but there was a point when I realized I needed to slow down and think. I found a simple solution rather quickly, knee braces, but I realize now that if I had tended to it earlier I wouldn't have had to struggle getting up the stairs at school. That was also something I had to persevere through, but that was as a consequence of my delay. On a slightly separate note, I also felt like insanity helped me out with being on a schedule and committing to something, that way come sailing I've been more prepared to be on a schedule. 

Well those are just a couple of ideas, I'm not sure if they're any good but I'll see where they take me