Through the Capstone Project, I have learned that I can be an agent of change through campaigning for a change in a multitude of ways, including the usage of movies, essays, and social media. This is proven by how in this unit, I used the form of personal narrative movie to spread change during the exhibition, and how I called for action upon my topic by urging viewers to post under a specific tag of social media. Some interesting things I learned during this unit include the United Nations Social Development Goals and how social media affects individuals, which helped me understand how East Asian idealisms in social media influence body image in China through mental health and modern culture. For example, “thin images” or images of skinny women have been linked with wealth and prosperity in China, which are well sought after values, partly resulting in why many Chinese women want to be skinny. The driving question impacts me and my community because of how the question itself is a call to action, making everyone take action upon what they think needs to be changed. A direct example of this was the Capstone Project, where after my group of peers were given this question, we went off to do our individual things in the name of bringing change. Looking back on the Capstone Project , I realized that the most important thing about this project is how to manage time properly, because I feel like if one were to manage their time well, the Capstone Project wouldn’t be overly stressful. Alternatively, if one were to use their time irresponsibly during the project, they would face many consequences. For example, I personally believe that the Capstone Project wasn’t an extremely stressful unit, however I both heard and saw from a few of my peers with poor time management how difficult it was to climb out of the hole they dug themselves due to their choices. After the project, a big question I still have is how far one could possibly take this project in reality, because a lot of the things we spoke of during the project were realistically very difficult to accomplish, so if we were to do the project again but this time realistically, how much success would we actually find? All in all, the Capstone Project was a very fitting end to my two years in Future’s Academy.
The Capstone Project Itself was spread into three phases, research, writing and essay, and making a call to action film. During the research phase, where we first chose the topic we wanted to pursue and bring change upon. We then went on multiple field trips to different hutongs to survey people about our topic. The second phase was where we started to really develop solutions to our individual topics, and we demonstrated our knowledge through an essay. The final part of the project was to make a call to action film regarding our topic, with the choice of making an animation, PSA, or documentary/ personal narrative. At the very end of the project, we had a “movie screening” of all of the films we made, as our exhibition.
Call to action