For my independent study I chose to go above and beyond all expectations. Some of my fellow peers learned how to give massages, make smoothies, or research on a topic of interest. I knew I wanted my project to be more. I devoted so much time and effort into making it a success. It’s been something that I’ve been proud to call my own. From accumulating over twenty-five community sponsors to writing over fifty thank you notes, I feel I went above and beyond. By no means did I have to, but I truly wanted to. This is a project that has meant so much to me and this drive pushed me further than I could have even imagined.
If anyone would have told me I was going to organize an entire race, let alone raise $4,000, I would have thought they were crazy. Some of the numerous tasks included: concessions, designing and selling t-shirts, the bake sale, all the raffles and prizes, organizing everything for the actual race, making signs, phone calls, countless emails, and meetings with school administrators. This project was quite an undertaking but once I started, I never looked back.
A quote by Ben Sweetland has it right in saying, "Success is a journey, not a destination." From this project, I have definitely learned that. It was a journey in which all my hard work paid off. I had a lot of fun throughout all this too. In life, what you get out of things is what you put in. I can honestly say I put a lot into this, and I gained more than I could have ever imagined. At the end of the day, I felt I had made a positive impact in both my community and society.