My capstone is a book, which contains several short stories. The stories are made to represent themes and ideas from people close to me in the senior class, as well as their feelings about the school. Throughout the process of meeting with my mentor and altering my plan, I have been working on these stories and adjusting them to make them the most meaningful sendoff to our class possible. Most of the early difficulty was making a plan that I liked and that worked, one that encapsulated all I wanted to do with the project as well as make a final product that I could be proud of. This included format, presentation type, quantity of stories, and outlines. The next difficulty was then asking around to those in my senior class that were close to me and getting prompts from them. This took some time management to do, and an issue with it was that the people who would submit prompts varied as well as when I would be able to see them and ask. This project has taught me a lot about my writing style, common mistakes I make, how to properly plan out stories, as well as given me experience on how to make well established pieces based off of specific themes or parts of life. It has helped me to improve and further integrated my application of literature to real life situations. I enjoyed my time working on this capstone, and I'm proud for what I've accomplished.
“Prom has all the elements of a popular story. It reeks of all-Americanness, tension, drama. It has romance. Pretty dresses. Dancing. Limos. High school. Coming of age.” - Adora Svitak
The Capstone project that I completed along with two other partners was the planning of the Junior class prom. The initial person responsible for the inspiration of this project was my partner Tajanae Smith, but after several discussions we decided to work collectively along with Aliyah Watson. I believe that with this Capstone project, it would positively impact the SLA Beeber community. For instance, by helping the juniors, we were able to show the rest our community that by collaborating you can truly learn from one another despite how hard you may think the challenge may be. The vision for my Capstone project was to be able to effectively create the best prom experience for the Junior class. Despite what you may think, planning a prom is not the easiest task. There are sleepless nights, constant phone calls, mass group texts, and not everyone agrees with each others ideas. However, the job must be done!
During my experience I also set a personal goal before starting my Capstone experience. The personal goal that I set for myself was to be able to apply all of my knowledge that I have learned from the five core values and apply them to my prom planning throughout the year. I strongly believe that by setting personal goals for this project, it helped me develop several skills that I didn’t think were essential for the prom.
My fellow 2 classmates and I kept overhearing many complaints from the juniors about the lack of progress on their prom and how they were not pleased with the way things were going with it. So we decided to try and help Ms.Houwen with planning their prom. We selected a theme which was Vintage Hollywood, then after looking into a couple different locations, we settled for the IATSE ballroom in south Philadelphia. We proceeded to find a photographer and dj. We managed to stay under our budget and we were able to make it so that the tickets were not expensive. We added a candy table which was where the majority of our cost came from. From doing this project I have learned that planning a prom requires a lot of work also you have to be creative so things won't be as expensive, the most important thing I learned was that when working in groups communication is the key and we lacked in that. I wish we would have been more organized as well. But in the end, it all turned out really nice and inexpensive.
Diabetes is one of the leading diseases happening all over the world. I personally know about 5 people who have diabetes. It is because of this epidemic that I decided to do my senior project on a diabetes awareness video. Although I already know a lot about the disease eye when to doctors and nurses and people who have this disease to talk and to understand more about it. This video was not only important but it was personal to me. As you can see in the video of my grandmother has diabetes. she also lives with me, if they're my family we all take turns helping out taking care of her giving her the proper assistant she needs. The video I don't only explain what diabetes is I give a inside as to how my grandmother got it and how it has affected her. I also gave pointers on ways to prevent diabetes and the difference between the two types of Diabetes. I hope for this project is that people will he and get a better understanding of how diabetes worse and how to it can have such an effect on a person's life.
My senior capstone was on the art of blacksmithing; a profession that is generally considered dead. And they are mostly correct as many things once forged by smiths are now mass-produced, yet there are exceptions. Today, some do it as a hobby, some do custom orders as a part-time, and a few even forge full-time, supplying tools or creating artwork for customers. My capstone was introducing forging to SLA@Beeber originally as an excuse to further my hobby. Through arduous efforts it became more than that. After getting past the expenses and resource limitations my capstone ended up being a mini-course for two other students. By now it became a sort of a private club but upon being asked if I would be coming back post-graduation to further the club, it became a foundation that this could become a mini-course. Now having exposed some students to it and receiving positive feedback and enthusiasm, I hope to further my capstone into a permanent and unique feature of SLA@Beeber. This journey has shown me the difficulty and also the joy of starting up something . It has also shown me how scary adult expenses are haha.