Learning What Hasn’t Been Taught

I have learned a plethora of important things during this What’s The Story experience whether it was intentionally taught or not. I’ve learned the important aspects of creating a compelling film. This began with learning how to use the equipment and learning how to position the camera to draw an audience’s attention. In learning how to use the filming equipment I feel like I have opened new doors for myself and created new opportunities to engage an audience’s emotions and experiences through story-telling. I have found a new way to express myself, my passions, and beliefs in a way that would otherwise be too advanced or challenging or unreachable for me to achieve. The ability to make someone feel something through film or reach a new or different understanding is also quite new and compelling to me.  

Another thing I have been intentionally taught is how to make an interesting blog post (which hopefully I am doing currently). The important aspects of an interesting blog post are an attention-grabbing title, a compelling image, and an interesting story or perspective on your topic. These aspects are all important in different ways. The title has to be exciting to create interest and curiosity and provide insight about your topic. The image has to make your blog post stand out from the rest and should connect thoughtfully to your topic. The main story or personal experiences or beliefs have to make your reader feel something. Whether that something is a connection to you, sadness, anger, disagreement, inspiration, empathy, etc. is up to them, but you have to ensure that they feel something.

One thing that What’s The Story taught me without teaching me is the immense importance of time management. I’m not going to lie, balancing school and What’s The Story and my personal life has been a struggle, so learning how to balance it all has been extremely beneficial for me. One example of finding a balance is finding at least a few hours before my weekly Wednesday What’s The Story meeting to figure out what I have to do to be prepared and have all my work completed and be able to contribute to the conversation. I try to do the same thing for completing my school work, as well as trying to have at least one call with one of my friends to maintain connections to the “outside world” during a pandemic. 

Another thing that I’ve learned throughout What’s The Story without actually being taught is the importance of having passion. Honestly, this is a long and challenging process and if you are not passionate about the social issue you want to solve then it will make this program so much harder! Luckily, I have chosen a topic (gender equality in the workplace) that I’m very passionate about and have a very good group (two of my super close friends and an amazing mentor) who are all extremely passionate about this issue as well! This allows us to have very in-depth conversations about our research, as well as personal insight and experiences, which in my opinion has enhanced our productivity. 

This entire experience has taught me so much whether it was deliberately taught or not. I have learned important life lessons, as well as valuable ways to get my ideas, passions, and opinions across on a much larger scale. I am super excited to keep working towards gender equality using the skills I’ve gained and will continue to learn during the continuation of this program. As stated by Michelle Obama, “There is no limit to what we, as women, can achieve!”

Madelyn Morris

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