What was your project about? Why did you choose this topic?

My project aimed to make a short story about what it meant to be a teenage girl. I chose this topic because I felt it was timely to where I was at life and that there wasn't enough media out there that accurately portrayed teenage girls for the messy and complicated people they can be.

What was the most challenging part of the project?

Actually writing the story and coming up with its plot. It wasn't easy to take all of my ideas for the story and structure them in such a way that they fit together in one coherent and impactful plot, especially since I was only making a short story. Writing also took a lot of motivation from me. 

What was the most rewarding part of the project?

Seeing that people were intrigued in the story despite only hearing my premise. I liked seeing them nod and ask questions about the symbolism and themes I aimed to explore. I also really enjoyed the brainstorming process. 

What did you learn from doing this project?

I learned a lot about time management and that writing a story takes a lot of dedication and patience. You kind of have to let the story reveal itself to you and take down ideas as you go along. It's not an entirely linear process. You need to know your habits and how to best utilize them to produce work. 

How did this project help you develop your approaches to learning (ATL) skills?

I think mainly by reflecting on them because I became more aware of my process and myself as the project went on. It allowed me to not only critique my work but myself as well. 

How did this project connect to your personal interests and passions?

I have always like writing and consuming different forms of media, so when choosing this project I thought why not try it out. I think I got to connect with those pieces of media on a much deeper level after analyzing them. It allowed me to really appreciate how much work and effort it takes to make and produce books, films, tv, etc. 

What advice would you give to other students who are working on their Personal Projects?

Be smart and be realistic. Try not overestimate the amount of work you can do taking into consideration you have a lot of other commitments and that you need time to rest and not think about working. Even if you really enjoy what you're doing for your project, always be sure to a lot your time wisely. You don't have to overwork or be too ambitious with Personal Project, it should be an opportunity to grow and learn new things.