My 20 Time experience was a good one and I think that was because I was passionate about my project. I chose something that I really cared about. That is a risk that you have to take when you choose your project, you never know how you will feel about something months from when choose it. What I learned from my project was not just facts but all about the spirit of the city too.
Next year I think that students should have to write blog posts every week. While some people complained that they didn't have enough to write about in one week, for me it meant that I would do the same amount of work that I would normally do in one week, in two. Which resulted in less work on my behalf. I also think that at the semester students should have to give a mini-presentation based on their project so far to prepare them more for the final presentation at the end. That way they know they will have an idea of what they want to talk about and will have practice speaking about their projects. Lastly, somehow I think that student should be given a longer time to think about what they want their projects to be. The reason I was so successful in my project was that I loved it and I am passionate about the city of Detroit. I know that we had until October to choose our projects and people were still allowed to change so I'm not sure the exact solution to this problem but I do think more students would've had a better time if they had been as passionate as I was.
I think that the aspect of 20 Time that should not be changed is the blog posts the blog would sometimes force me to work on my project so I would actually have something to write about-- it would remind me to work.
I think that 20 is something that should be offered to students but it should be optional, as in its own class because there are a lot of people (myself included sometimes) that blew off the time we were given in class and did not do work and sometimes I would not work on my project for a week and then do a ton of work at once. The problem was because 20 Time was never "due" it would always get pushed to the bottom of my homework pile and I would constantly say "i'll do it later" and because of that I did not get as much done as I could of.
To any student doing a 20 Time project in the future: do not choose a project because you think it will be easy. Choose something that you are passionate about even if it means that you change your project 14 times. It is much more important to do something you love than to labor though something you hate just because you want to stick with it. The reason I loved my project so much was because I love history and I love Detroit, that is what made me so successful.
At the TEDx event I was glad I got to speak even though I was an alternate. I was so nervous about the whole thing because usually I hate public speaking but I was super proud of my speech and all the work that I put into it and making a great speech. I will also be better prepared for public speaking in the future. The actual event was fun, it was cool to see all the speeches that I had heard about, some of them were a little repetitive but I was proud of how well all the speakers did. I think that the school should consider hosting an event like this again but i'm not sure if this should be an annual event because I know I was a lot of work for a lot of people and we will have to see how people react to all the talks that were put out on the internet and what people think.