Sunday, January 25, 2015

Blog 6

               The only two things that occurred this week were studying for midterms, and the occasional break for a basketball game or practice.  The studying was mentally taxing.  It consumed so much of the day.  The nagging fact that kept adding to the stress being experienced was the remembrance of the sheer gravity of these tests.  They are worth twenty percent of your grade meaning hypothetically if you did not do well, they could hammer your grade until it significantly decreased.  However the studying was achieved and the test results are turning out well.  This weekend felt as if it was its own vacation to a stress free island.  Midterms finally passed.  The feeling of relief that overcame everything else felt amazing.  This weekend may have been the most relaxing one experienced all school year.  Netflix was the highlight of the day, as well as it was the majority of the day.  The only interruptions to relaxing were basketball practices and workouts, but even those were not bothersome.  The weekend was bliss.

               Having been reminded by my teachers text later today I was brought back to the awareness of this project and schoolwork in general.  Tomorrow the relaxing will be over and the five day school week cycle will start to spin once again.  In relation to the project we are still in the deciding stages of wether to carry on... or even if it will be a possibility to carry on.  The goal is to not give up on it.  We will possibly set up an appointment with the principle to consult him upon his opinion of the matter, if he believes it could be a safety issue for our students at this present time we may have to pull the plug entirely.  Hopefully this will not be the case.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Blog 5

       Two events have slowed the project down substantially.  The first, and lesser of the two is that mid terms are approaching and any spare time I have now is devoted solely to studying.  This almost halts all production on the project entirely.  The second even is the most serious.  Recently there were kids that went to our school and a school nearby that were in their car in Detroit and were shot by a unidentified person.  Not only has this scared the community but it makes people fear more for their safety and more people are hesitant of going into Detroit.  This is extremely unfortunate for our project in particular because the lots we are going to fix up are in Detroit.  It will be much harder to get volunteers now and even if some of them still want to do it, some of their parents may not want them to help for fear that a similar dangerous instance will happen again.  This presents us with the choice of not going through with the project any more or still going through with it. We do not want to halt it entirely because of the benefits it will have for the community and we don't want to see all our work go to waste.  Maybe we could get the community to bond together and be stronger through this by coming together and making Detroit a better place through this project, but as of now it seems like a big part of the decision will have to be made by how the people react.