One thing I learned during Project Capstone is how many global problems can be solved through small changes in our daily lives. These changes are almost unnoticeable, but if a large amount of people make these changes, the impact will be far larger. Although this fact is wildly known, not a lot of people actually make changes in their lives. This made me think that people may just be lazy, or think that the problems don’t affect them directly. For example, people don’t turn off their A/C or lights, even when they should. Also, people don’t always separate recyclable trash from normal trash when they throw the trash out.

Through this project, I learned that I was not being helpful in solving the problems that plague the world today. I don’t always turn off lights in my room, even when I am not in it, I sometimes forget to turn off the A/C or turn the faucet off. I used to think that other people would do everything for me, and that I didn’t need to be the one to lead everyone to a glorious future where our environment is not being threatened. However, I now realize that most of the people in this world think like that, and that has resulted in the situation we have now. If this continues, the situation will become even more serious. The driving question impacts me and my community because it allows me to make changes to solve problems that need solving.

Looking back at Project Capstone, I realize that there are a lot of problems in our society, a lot of which we don’t realize. These problems can be solved if everybody works together. For example, a lot of energy is saved every time the world turns off their lights for an hour. However, a big question I have is why do we not have any more of these days. Wouldn’t the problems get solved faster with a larger amount of people participating?

We went to the Hutongs at the start of the Capstone Project.  It allowed us to think about what problems are locally present, and think about what our compelling question. After this was the researching phase. During the researching phase of my Capstone Project, I curated about 20 sources, of which I used about 15.  We also went to the Hutongs one more time to give a survey to understand how the local people thought. We were supposed to use all the information I gathered through the researching period in our essay and video. During the time I wrote my essay, I went through about 5 revisions in about 2 weeks. I struggled a bit with the model, but I did get it done. The last phase of the project was the making of the Capstone Call To Action. We had MAD periods, with me going to the music classes. I struggled with making the video, since it was the first time I had made this type of video. I did manage to make a decent video, though.

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