Monday, June 2, 2014

Vegetarian Post #25

Okay so for this blog post I'll be addressing the questions asked by my teacher about 20Time.

1. Overall, what is your opinion of 20 Time based on YOUR experience in class?
Over the year my view of 20Time has changed greatly. At first, I thought it was cool, and it was fun. But more towards the middle of the year I got tired of the fact that my project wasn't going anywhere. and I was terrified to give the speech at the end of the year. But now that I've done the speech, and the year is coming to the close, I'm grateful that I had 20Time. it gave me the chance to try something new and stick with it, when normally I wouldn't. So i guess my opinion has turned more into a positive one towards 20Time.

2. What are some aspects of 20 Time that you think should be adjusted for students next year?
The biggest problem that I had with 20Time was the speech at the end of the year. I'm terrible at public speaking and I would do anything to avoid. So that is what I would have changed about the project. I would have  preferred it to be more presentation style.

 3. What are some aspects of 20 Time that should NOT be changed for students next year?
Personally, i loved the freedom given to us when presented with the project. That is one thing that cannot be changed. if boundaries were put up, there would almost be no point to 20Time. And i think the blog post must stay the same because they gave me the incentive to stick to my project and do things.I didn't want to blog that I had done nothing over the week, so they were effective in motivating me.

4. Is 20 Time something that more students should do in school? Please explain why or why not.
I think that more schools should defiantly give 20Time a try because it a chance for kids to follow a passion, or try something new, when they wouldn't have the time for it on their own. For me, the project allowed me to try something completely foreign, and attempt to succeed at it.

5. What advice would you give to students who are doing 20 Time next year?
My advice to the students would be pick something that you either love, or something that you've always wanted to do. That way you stay motivated throughout the year.I struggled to stay motivated, which I don't want to happen to other kids.

So this is my last blog post! And I wanted to discuss me either continuing vegetarianism, or not. I think that I can defiantly reduce my meat intake, and return to my carnivorous ways. Doing that, I can still stick to my reasons for choosing this in the first place. I can still be animal friendly, and any effort makes less of an impact on the environment, and is still healthy. But I don't think that I will be continuing with vegetarianism full time. I'm very glad to have had the experience, and the chance to learn about myself through it.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Vegetarian Post #24

This week I've been preparing heavily for the talk. That's what I have been concentrating on, trying to get it done and memorized before I have to go in front of a bunch of people. As usual, I've been eating vegetarian, though the project is almost over. I'm going to have to think hard about if I want to continue with this eating style. So, that's the update, even though there's not much. I'll write more next time, after my speech is over.

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Friday, May 2, 2014

Post 23

For the past 2 weeks I have been working on my speech. I outlined it last weekend, and I'm trying to get everything planned out. My speech topic is still evolving, and it changes slightly every time I work on it. So I might get up on stage with with a completely off topic speech! We'll see! I finally have pictures selected, so I'm really happy with my progress there. I just need to put them in some semblance of order, and I think my speech will start to take shape. I hope that it will be done in time, and will be good. 

My vegetarian project is still going, and I'm still sticking to it as much as I can. It's still as much of a struggle as it was at the beginning. I don't know why I hasn't gotten any easier! But I know that the food in the house you lives in has a major influence. I think you have a better chance of successfully becoming vegetarian if your parents are too, or if you've moved away from home, and live by yourself. Living in another house would allow a person to do their own grocery shopping, and make vegetarian choices. And since neither of those situations apply to me, being vegetarian is hard! 

I just wanted to add to one of my last blogs that I'm so happy I got to experience vegetarianism. It really taught me about change that I wouldn't have know if I hadn't tried it. I think I know myself, and my eating habits, a lot better after this. I do t regret choosing this topic, and I'm so happy that I got to the chance to try something new. 

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Monday, April 21, 2014

Post #22

Today for this blog I want to talk a little bit about a couple of my slides, and the pictures I chose to go with them. For my talk, I decided to make it more personal, and more focused on my experiences and my point of view, than a broad topic. So, I want to start off my presentation telling the audience a little about the background that I came from, and what position I was in entering into vegetarianism. I spent a couple hours looking through my family's box of old photos, and I came across some really good ones. The position that I was in was, I live in a family of hunters! My dad, my uncles, my grandfathers, all hunt and have passed that love onto their children. The pictures I found showed this, my family with their game. Here's one of my grandfather:

So what I want to do with this, and a couple other pictures is put them onto a slide(s), and they will serve as images that allow me to explain the background I come from. There's going to be a few other pictures, like me with my first fish, and my dad with his deer. I'm going to make sure that people know that these photos are there, so no one is offended or feels uncomfortable. I know it s not a lot, but any progress is good progress in my book!

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Sunday, April 6, 2014

Veggie Post # 21

I've officially decided on my speech topic! I'm going to talk about the social pressure on our society, and how it effects people's decision to go vegetarian.  So my speech will focus loosely on that! Loosely because I have other things I want to talk about too like heath. I decided to go this way because I feel like it needs to be talked about. I didn't want to go the typical route that a vegetarian speech could go. I don't want to horrify an audience or anything like that. I would rather not try to shock people. But that's just me.

This week I've been eating vegetarian, and documenting it, and that's about all. This week though I'm going to be working on outlining my speech. I want to utilize slides for it, and so I'm going to map those out and see which pictures should go where. So next week I'll update you on that progress!
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Sunday, March 23, 2014

Vegetarian #20

For my blog this week I wanted to address some questions I was asked in a comment a couple weeks ago. Here's the comment!

When I first brought home the idea of becoming a vegetarian, my parents were really supportive. They thought it was a really good idea, and at one point both of them had decided to do it with me! In the first few weeks we made meat free meals and tried veggie burgers together! Their interest has waned but they are still supportive of me and my choice to go vegetarian, which I'm really grateful for. My friend on the other hand, have been less than helpful. All my friends told me not to do it, or that it was a horrible idea. That was not really the response that I was looking for! And if I fall off the wagon, and eat meat, I'm criticized for not sticking to it. Basically, I've gotten mixed reaction form my family and friends, but I'm not going to to let the bad get me down.

In regards to the second question, I think social pressure has a huge affect on teens who want to become vegetarian. In our society today, eating healthy has become more popular, but most people would becoming vegetarian is weird. Socially, teens
are very affected.

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Friday, March 7, 2014

Post #19

I've been thinking a lot about the difficulties of being vegetarian. In our society, there are few meatless options, and if there is one it's not that good. It's hard to go out to eat and have no options. Most of the choices given are salads and sometimes I'm not in the mood for a salad!  Like look at this part of the mcdonalds menu. This is the sandwich section, and do they have a meatless option? Nope. Every sandwich has some for of meat on it. Why should I have to struggle to find a meatless meal, when a restaurant could just provide a decent choice? 

And this is McDonald's' salads. Even these have meat on them! Two out of the seven have meat on them. And I know, how hard is it to order something with no meat. It not that hard, but is that what should happen? I think that a meatless choice should be given, not only for vegetarians, but for the health of regular people. 

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