DIY: This is the end

That’s it. We’re here. After such a long time of working on this project, we’ve finally reached the end of the school year. It’s time to take a good look back at all we’ve done in creating our DIY documentary.


We could not finish the actual documentary, which was ultimately the final product we were aiming for. There just was not enough time to edit all the footage that we got. I think part of the problem was the fact that we had five people in the group, and we insisted on doing everything together, so we couldn’t really find much time for that.

In addition, we did not do much publicizing for our project, even though we had initially attempted to do so. We started an Instagram account, and although I personally tried to post on it when I could, only six total photos were posted. We didn’t follow anyone on our account, and we did not have  followers. Our slack on the Instagram was probably due to the fact that none of us really used this type of social media, so we didn’t know what to do with it.

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However, despite the fact that parts of our project did not turn out as intended, I would say that the project was not a complete failure, because we did get stuff done. We spent many hours filming, and probably approached about 100 different people for interviews. Although we did not finish editing the documentary, we did manage to make a shorter trailer for it, just to have  a product to show. The trailer isn’t perfect, but my group members seem to be very content with it, because it does show that we’ve done work all year.

Furthermore, this entire project in itself was a huge learning experience. I’ve learned more about filming and editing, which will help me a lot in my video production class. I’ve also developed my interview techniques, and became more comfortable approaching strangers for interviews, skills that are valuable to me because I will be editor-in-chief of my school paper next year. I have also learned a lot about working with other people, as well as time management from this group project. I discovered that time is something that can be easily lost if you do not work efficiently, by dividing the jobs and sharing responsibilities.

At the end of it all, I am very glad I tried to do this, to make this documentary. In all honesty, since the beginning, I have had doubts about whether or not we’d be able to get it finished. Even though my doubts have more or less been confirmed, though, I do not regret taking on this project. I’ve worked with and met some great people throughout this process, and it was worth all the stress and the time spent.


– Karen


Rejection is Normal

dfsdfWhile doing our DIY project, my group faced rejection many times. Of course, we were expecting it, but once it happened it was a little disheartening. I think it is unrealistic to go about life not expecting to be rejected one way or another at least once; but even if you expect it, it doesn’t really soften the blow.

Sure rejection can be tough, and sometimes it may be hard to move on after you have been rejected, but it is in no way a sign that you should give up. In fact, I think it’s a sign that you should keep going, try harder even. If I gave up every time I got rejected I would get nothing done. Rejection isn’t always such a bad thing; it just means that your ideas or plans aren’t suitable for the person you proposed them too. Think about it this way, say you won these totally awesome front row concert tickets and meet and greet tickets to your favorite band and you were trying to find someone to go with you. If you went around asking people if they wanted to go with you, and they said no; it would most likely mean that they don’t really like the band. Now would you want to go to experience a once in a life-time opportunity with someone who doesn’t even like the band as much as you do? Of course not. You would want to experience it with someone who is as ecstatic about the band as you are. So when you keep going around asking people if they want to with you and they say no, it just means that you are one person closer to finding someone who really loves the band.

Another way I like to think about rejection is that if someone says no to you, they are missing out. I am well aware of how pretentious that may sound, but it’s true. They are missing out on you, whatever you may entail (your plans, your ideas, your friendship). Say you offer someone friendship and they don’t want anything to do with you, well that’s their loss and you can’t do anything about it. You can’t force them to be your friend, you just have to accept it and move on. You put yourself out there and as long as you tried, you can’t do anything else. It’s up to them to decide whether they are going to pass up on a great friendship or not. They have no idea what they are missing out on and well, like I said before, that rejection just makes you one person closer to finding a good friend.

Don’t let rejections, whatever they are regarding, mess with your head. Everyone gets them, it doesn’t make you any less worthy of something and it doesn’t mean you aren’t good enough. Rejection is no indication of your self-worth so don’t let it define you.

The bottom line is: Don’t let a simple rejection get in the way of your happiness!