Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Final 20 Time Update

     This is my final 20 time update. To be completely honest, our 20 time isn't working out so well. We are slacking on getting the bins set up in all of the classrooms. We need to raise awareness about donations when we have the bins set up. Also, I think that in the spring time our project will work better because there will be a lot more sports involving balls going on. I think that my partner and I did a very good job leading up to this but we've both been very busy with sports of our own. However, once we get all the donations to the foster home, I think that the kids are going to be very happy that they have new balls and toys to play with.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Finishing up our 20 time

     After I gathered information on what it would take to become a volleyball coach and or professional player, I think this could help people that share my passion in many ways. I think that the information I gathered will be a make or break decision for this person. They can not go into this thinking "oh, this is what I want to do for the rest of my life" because they will not make a living out of it. The person who shares my passion needs to have an open mind when going into this. There are many pros and cons that I have discovered, and shared with you in the last blog.
     Recently, my partner and I have complete receiving all the emails we sent out to teachers. All of them said that we can set up bins in their rooms, which is awesome! Now, all we need to do is purchase the bins and set them out for donations to be collected. I think we will also have to make some sort of advertisement about our available donations because no one will know about it.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Careers throughout my passion

     As you all know, my passion is volleyball. Professional opportunities that are available to my passion are playing professional volleyball or being a volleyball coach. Things that are appealing to me are that I get to play my favorite sport. It would not be easy and I would have to work very hard to get to the professional level. However, the downside is it's so time consuming. I would not be able to make a living off of just playing volleyball. Another opportunity is I could be a volleyball coach. This would also allow me to experience my passion. However I would have to attend school to get a coaching degree and I would have to learn the proper skills on how to be a coach. I don't like how I could not do this for a full time job either because I would not make enough money. Overall, there are still ways I can pursue my passion but I would not be able to make a living off of them.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Life Lessons

     What do you do when your plan A fails? Do you have a plan B? Or maybe you even have a plan C. This 20 time project has made me realize that I need to consider my options. It gave me a valuable lesson in time management. I realized that not all of my plans will always work out in my favor. I've decided to start making back up plans just in case something doesn't work out. In life, everything will not go in your favor. You should make back up plans for your decisions.
     Backup plans will help me throughout the completion of this project because I will always have another plan. If my partner and I can't set out bins because of people stealing them, we will simply not ask for ball donations. We will ask for donations of money for Foster homes instead. My partner and I will make sure to have a backup plan for every idea we decide to put into this project. 
     Throughout high school, this will be able to help me because I will always be prepared for the worst. If things don't work out as planned, I will always have another idea that's waiting behind it. In the "real world" this will help me by making me good at thinking about things. Every challenge that I have to face will come with several solutions. Back up plans are always helpful. You will always use them. 

Monday, November 4, 2013

Pitch Day

     Pitch Day made me feel older. It made me feel like I was finally going to get credit for my work and people will finally stop just skimming over it because I'm just a "kid" and "I don't know anything." Pitch day made me feel like a leader and an overall strong individual. It made me feel this way because two 14 year old minds came up with such a powerful idea.
     Pitch day also helped me because the people who my parter and I presented to gave helpful advice on how we could improve our project and how we could possibly overcome some road blocks. Overall, pitch day was a sucsess. It really helped me improve a ton of skills I've been working in improving.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

     So far, my partner and I have completed almost everything. The only thing we  still need to do is get permission from our teachers to set out bins for people to donate balls in. This has helped us organize our project because now we have two different ideas if our plan A doesn't work out. If  people don't donate balls we are going to start asking people to donate money to children's foster home. I have learned that I'm very good at talking to people. On the phone and in person. I learned that I am a leader and that I can take the first step even if that might be difficult.
      My parter and I needed to overcome the problem of rejection. We had to find another organization that would accept our offer to the kids. Things that have been easy are creating the blogs and creating our imovies for pitch day and such. What has been a challenge is trying to come up with what we are going to do if no one donates the sports balls to the kids
     What I have learned about the "real-world" is that everyone has to problem solve. It's a part of life. While doing this project I have encountered many real life experiences. The one that is most significant to me though is when my partner and I took it upon our selves to set up a meeting with our ninth grade principal. These experiences helped me with problem solving and it made me realize I am a leader.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Who to donate to?

When my partner and I contacted the authority at first we called the wrong number so we were kind of embarrassed. Then, we bounced back and called two organizations. The first one, Children's Home Of York denied our request and said the sports balls had to be new and could not be used. The second organization we called was called Right At Home Of Greater York. They accepted our request and told us that we could drop the donations off at the front desk between their buisness hours.

We learned from this part of the project that not everyone is always going to say yes to your requests. We also learned that even though talking on the phone is really scary, they're just people and it's just talking on the phone. Now, we will move on to inviting our parents to pitch day by creating an iMovie trailer. We already have problem solved by finding a new organization to donate to when we got shot down by the first one.