…but keep it fun.

What’s the Story has taught me a lot, like how to work a camera with a microphone, how to get into a zoom meeting, and more things like that. Although I love knowing how to work a camera, it is not what is going to stick with me for the rest of my life:

Two weeks ago a group mate messaged me because she could not figure out how to use the microphone. When we met later that week my other teammate and I tried to walk her through it, attaching the microphone through the port, making sure it has batteries, and other things like that it made me notice something. How genuinely lucky we are to have the chance to build on each other’s knowledge and ideas even through this hard time. The meeting every week always makes me smile no matter how stressful my week has been. Building on ideas alway brings a smile to my face because it is when my team works the best together. It has really taught me that I have to appreciate the little things in life that make it all worth it, like the laughs that come from our meetings when we get shown pictures of funny alligators or giraffes. Keep pushing, but still make it fun.

Even over zoom I have been able to become friends with my group mates and made many connections that I would not have made without this program. Everyone in this program kept going even when things go hard with COVID and kept pushing through. This taught me that if you have your ideas set on something, keep pushing until it happens because it could make a difference in someone’s life, but keep it fun.

I also learned how to work a camera with a microphone, but it has impacted more people than you know. At the beginning of the school year my sister and I made a film on COVID rules in our school. This way when people came to the school for the first time they knew what was expected of them. All because of all of the things What’s the Story has taught us has helped us to make a difference in our community. Keep pushing to make a difference in your community’s life, but still have fun.

One thing that What’s the Story has taught me is that if you are passionate about an idea you can not let it go and that going after it is important. Do not wait for others to get the idea in motions first, take charge and make a change if you truly believe you can. Connected to this is that being part of a group means connecting with them on the topic to bring together ideas to collaborate. With my group in Whatś the Story I can collaborate with them to make ideas that we are all passionate about which encourages group work, something I think was planned for us all to learn. Keep pushing to make a difference in something you are passionate about for someone, but still have a good time.

In the film that my group is making we have made lots of headway, everyone has plans for pre-interviewees that are relevant to our topic including gynecologists, womenś rights professors, and also random people in our lives. We are interviewing random people because we have a flick through answer to question idea at the beginning of our film. This is making our group reach out in ways that we normally would not because we want to make connections. Connections that can help us with information. Connections that will give us opinion. And even connections that will surprise us. Keep pushing in something you are passionate about to make a difference in someone’s life by making connections, but keep it fun.

This leads me to the last thing that I have unintentionally been taught by What’s the Story, connections are important to have. Although it may not make sense to email someone that you had never even heard of before, through What’s the Story I have learned how important it is to do that. Stepping out of your comfort zone to make connections. Keep pushing forward, even when you feel scared, to pursue something you are passionate about to make a difference in someone’s life using connections, but still have fun.

In conclusion, the things I have taken away from this program so far and have been taught both consciously and unconsciously is: keep pushing forward, even when you feel scared, to pursue something you are passionate about to make a difference in someone’s life using connections, but keep it fun.

Image Citation: https://period.org/

Ella Stainton

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