Semester 2 of senior year is off to an amazing start. This week of the final stretch of my high school journey consisted of a very beneficial mentor visit as well as the initiation of my Final Product.
My mentor and I met at a Starbucks for our most recent mentor visit. She wanted to sit down with me and get a gauge of how the rest of the year would pan out in regards to the future of my ISM journey, as well as reflect upon the success of the Research Showcase. I was extremely proud when she informed me that she had no critiques in regards to my performance at the Research Showcase. She complimented my confidence as well as my presentability, as said that I was extremely successful in effectively telling the story of my ISM journey. For me, the best part about hearing this was the fact that it truly illustrated how much I have grown since last year in regards to confidence and public speaking. As improvement upon these two things is one of my long-term SMART Goals, I am excited to be able to say that results are being to be apparent. Alongside a discussion and reflection of the Research Showcase, Mrs. Meinershagen and I discussed the future of my ISM journey. To sum it up: Mentor Visits, Experience, Final Product, and more Experience! I have gotten to see so many amazing things so far this year through my ISM mentorship, and I am looking forward to continuing to be amazed.
This week further consisted of the beginning steps of my Final Product. As I have constantly reiterated throughout the year thus far, I would like my Final Product to revolve around a video (a form of art), that advertises for my mentors cause, as well as places emphasis on the music performance aspect of art. I spent this week meeting with a fellow ISM student to discuss a potential partnership. Originally I had planned on putting on a performance and working alongside an ISM student working in that aspect, but upon the change in heart to work towards a different goal, that partnership fell through. The ISM student that I am speaking with now is pursuing a career in the arts, and we met to see if there is a potential way for us to combine our two art related topics (the music performance aspect of my career topic of study), as well as incorporate business and real world applications to our project. I am sure that the next couple of weeks will consist of intense planning for this big project that we are in the process of planning!
Above all, it is crazy to think that it is already second semester of my last year in high school, and I am being able to accomplish all of these amazing things through the ISM program. When asked to write a semester reflection, I was shocked by how much has changed over the course of my first semester. Hopefully my individualism will continue to be positively shaped by the ISM program, and I will finish my last year of high school with a BANG!