Progression to April 4th

This has been my first time partaking with WTS–and it has been absolutely wonderful. My progression of which has been an inevitable continuation is most prominently designated specifically to Teamwork of the Self-Direction chart–Strategic of the Responsible & Involved Citizenship chart–and finally the Storytelling aspect within the Clear & Effective Communication chart. All of these have personally aided me in the evolution of getting to where I am today.

First and foremost–teamwork. Teamwork has become a very big and special part of my learning at WTS. I started off with being someone who wasn’t that involved with other individuals as much as I should be–to being someone who works effectively with great work-ethic within even a group of 20-or-so other teenagers. To me, that’s a huge step–as I’ve never been able to communicate how I feel within groups–which often had deterred me from doing things prior in both WTS and in other instances. But as we have worked vastly on increasing this ability, I have come to realize that it isn’t as bad as presumed–and that it has actually worked extremely well for me.

Secondly,–strategy. This has been a challenge for me as empathy has been more-so part of my life than straight facts–but I’ve been working on it heavily. Frequently, I put my feelings first–but have logic mixed within. This means that most of my decisions are based off of what my gut tells me–and what feels right. Of course, in some circumstances, this cannot be applied–as in more professional ones–it doesn’t work that way; which is why I choose to use logic in a lot of cases. That also means that the emphasis put on strategy has been difficult for me personally–but I believe I can get much better. I can likewise do this by basing my decisions off of logic in WTS–which may gain a better following from the audience and emphasize the overall purpose. This could also definitely tie into teamwork, as I could use these ways I’ve learned to be part of a team.

Following–storytelling. All of the skills listed above could definitely make an impact in how I do so, but this is an important aspect of its own that I need to work on. These story-telling devices that have impacted me throughout my time at WTS have been extremely helpful–and have aided me on this journey to becoming a better narrated individual. The specific traits that I have developed are the idea that understanding other perspectives to gather a view-point is a very prominent example of what can get me far in the long run. On top of that, being able to describe what captivates an audience to a specific piece–being able to decipher what exactly makes a person–of which is usually the specifically-targeted audience, yearn for more of the movie, documentary or story-line. The traits of these should be exploited, and told in a way that motivates someone–and gets them to also gain this perspective that I have.

Finally, I will begin to work on the Research aspect, of which is comprised in the Clear & Effective Communication chart. To do that, I will delve into the topic that I am studying–which is LGBT+ mental health and how administrators and other targeted audiences–which are frequented teens who are unknowing to the topic–can make schools a safe place for those who identify differently than a heterosexual, cis person. And to do that, I will study and interview others who have stories that they would like to share–to understand their viewpoint and gather information from such. Interviews can be a huge help in gaining a new perspective–and include a lot of research on my behalf. I would need help from my team-mates as well–who I would like for them to do similar things, so we can ultimately be incredibly understanding of this topic, how others and ourselves are affected by it, and how we can progress to having an effective documentary that touches the hearts of many.


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