There have been many times in my life where I’ve thought to myself, I can’t do this. I need to quit. Due to, always complicating things for myself, I never wanted to take part in things that seemed to challenging and complex. I was always the kid who would take the easy way out. I never seemed to comprehend that, this mentality wasn’t going to take me anywhere, it wasn’t going to help me resolve my problems, it only left me stranded in a phase of confusion and frustration.
This year I participated in the 1st annual Maker-o-Rama, here at my school. I was working in a group of five people and we were basically presenting our Maker Project to students at the event. The students who had the opportunity to come to our table, learned all about how to make bath bombs. We had a video setup for them to show the process for bath bomb making and how fun, easy and affordable it can be. Then we had them create small sample balls that they could take home in a small box with the recipe included on it. This part was the most stressful for me, because there were many more kids than what we had expected. It would be very frustrating to see the crowd of girls forming around the table, all wanting a chance to get their hands dirty, and we could only have approximately six students at a time working on the mixture, which made it very irritating because we had so many students waiting for their turn. It came to the point where I couldn’t handle the situation anymore, everything around me was so loud and I really wanted to give up, but I knew that I couldn’t because not only would I’ve received a low grade, but I would’ve let my teammates down. I took a step back for a minute, took a deep breath and continued on with our presentations until we ran out of materials.
It’s been quite a few days since Maker-o-Rama, and looking back at our project makes me feel very proud of myself for withstanding such a challenging situation and really thinking clearly before taking action. Of Course none of this would’ve been easy without the help of my wonderful teammates who aswell did an amazing job of never being intimidated by challenges presented along the way. This project can seem very simple and easy to some, but once you start executing it you realize how much more complex it actually is. I’ve learned through this project, that nothing is impossible, you can’t ignore superficial problems and if you can’t concentrate, you can always take a quick back and come back with a fresh pair of eyes.