Summer has finally arrived and after I pick up my report card later today, I will consider myself officially finished with grade 10. Therefore, it seems only fitting that I post my final English project for the year.
As with many English assignments that I’ve completed over the past two years, I stumbled into this project blindly. There was no real criteria other then to have written and spoken words that communicated something. What I communicated was up to me so I hummed and I hawed over a topic for a while and was finally drawn towards the idea of sisterhood. I decided I would do a video/podcast and began drafting what ideas I wanted to cover, who I wanted to interview, and when I would include certain things. However I didn’t really start the project until school had ended and there was five days left before it was due. Then again, I didn’t start making the video until the day before it was due.
Now, before I continue, you should know that I am somewhat of a technology noob. Can I use a computer to a basic level? Definitely. Do I love my computer very, very much? Absolutely. Did I appreciate how long it takes to make a video (even if it’s less then 10 minutes long)? No.
My first imovie binge was about 7 straight hours. (Note: this was about the time that I started going crazy). The next day (when technically the project was due), I had a friend look at what I had done, knowing I still had lots to do. She politely informed me that it was dull and (in my words) sucked. At this same time, I managed to get permission to hand it in a day late. I focused my topic more, did some more interviews, took a deep breath, and had my second imovie binge. By the time I went to bed, I was starting to believe that there was a finish line to this project again.
Even with lack of sleep, I slept lightly and woke up the next morning early to get to work again. A few more hours and I was done (mostly), so I headed over to my friend’s house where a bunch of people were meeting to study for our science exam the next day. Being around people again made it quite obvious that that I had completely lost it. I was addicted to my computer (and fairly so, I felt like we had been through a lot together… I needed to be with my dear laptop). I allowed people to watch my video and they complimented it and tried to pry the keyboard from my hands… It was time to accept that it was actually done. Phew. And so the long process of uploading it to youtube began.
I occupied myself with other things for the afternoon and it wasn’t until 3 hours later that one of my friends realized the uploading was a bit too slow. Luckily, she was a computer whiz so she took my darling laptop away from me and looked for a better way to upload it. All I wanted at that moment was to write an email that included the project itself and click the send button. Done. A little while later, the real problem was discovered: the house I was at had a poor internet connection. The video was never going to upload in time- if ever- as it was already 8pm (report cards were due the next morning).
By this time I hadn’t just gone crazy- I’d completely lost it. So the three friends who I was still studying with started problem solving for me. One girl suggested burning the video to a DVD which would work, except I wasn’t sure how I would hand it in. This question was solved by the fact that my friends lived about a block away from my English teacher. What were the chances? I wanted to at least give warning of the delivery, so I sent a tweet, knowing that my teacher is somewhat of a twitter addict, and gave him half an hour to respond. So we began studying again, me sitting in front of my computer, refreshing my twitter page every couple of minutes hoping for reply. Half an hour came and went though with no response and we realized the internet still wasn’t working. I had no choice but to allow my three friends pull me up off the floor, grab the disk, and set out on a grand expedition to hand in my English project.
My teacher had in fact, seen my tweet, and was coming up the stairs to his driveway as I arrived, accompanied by three friends and a DVD that I had some pretty strong feelings about. (I can’t really recount the rest of the journey because it mostly involved a lot of insane ranting and somewhat maniacal laughter from me…) The point is that even though it wasn’t quite the glorious moment of clicking The Send Button that I had envisioned, it worked out just fine.
Anyways, I finished (even if it involved the most ridiculous case of homework handing in I’ve ever heard of). Hurray! Please enjoy my video entitled, “Exploring Sisterhood,” that I have posted below. Much sleep was lost and computer knowledge gained in the making of this film. Many tic tacs were swallowed (they’re my chill pills), rants were given, tea was drunk, and buttons clicked. Thank yous go out to all my interviewees as well as Kia, Ari, and Kiko for putting up with me at a very interesting moment 🙂
With the posting of this final English project, I will also take this proud post to retire this edublog. It has been my first blog and I have had a marvelous time documenting the writing of my grade 10 year. However, it is time to dig even deeper into the the blogsphere…
Please check out the new joint blog that I, along with 7 of my friends, are beginning: Frozen Tic Tacs. Throughout the summer and into our grade 11 year, we hope to stay in contact and explore our written worlds with this blog. It’s very exciting 🙂
Thank you for reading and maybe I will see you out in the blogging world again… 😀