This project was based on sociology (the study of society). In this project we learned how we were made by the people around us and what we were taught to think and believe. We studied the identity categories: gender, race, social class, ability/disability, religion, etc. We used all of the knowledge we had learned to apply it to building masks, writing paragraphs, and eventually, building and exhibition. Our exhibition was different from the standard stand and present. We constructed a maze that you went through. The maze was based on the Cycle of Socialization. When people went through the maze, they would learn about what/how they were taught to believe, how it affected them, and what they could do to disrupt the cycle.
My Mask: Me/What society wants
Cycle of Me (Essay)
In this project, I have grown in many ways; as a person, as a student, as a writer. The list goes on and on. I have grown tremendously as a writer. The skill in writing that I have grown in most is my use of evidence in my paragraphs. For example, in my race paragraph, I used evidence from videos, and from articles we read. I have not just grown in finding evidence, but also in applying it to what I am talking about. Like in my gender paragraph, I referred to the video A Girl Like Me and connected that with me personally and what I have been taught as a woman.I have had a lot of takeaways from this project, but I would have to say the largest is when we were doing the exhibition prep, I really got to use my knowledge of what we learned and put it to use to teach other people. I was part of the results room, and when we were working on it, I really started seeing the impact it has had on me. It was very difficult to realize it, but I am glad I did, because now I am aware of how people are affected by me and how I am affected by other people. It has changed how I look at people, for the better. I know see us as one in the same, because we are all beaten down by the cycle, and we are all dealing with the same thing.As a group worker, my goals were to continue to be open-minded, and to be able to adapt more. Throughout this project, I have learned to be even more open-minded, because of the fact that we were trying to make it the best we could. I had to hear other people's ideas, and take them to heart. I had to adapt to sharing jobs equally, and to be able to do any job my group needed me to do, even if it was hard or I didn’t want to do it. One story was when we had to get rocks for our path, and they put me and some others in charge of that. I am usually the one who stays inside and does the inside jobs. I had to support my team in any way I could. As a group member I feel like I took one of the leader roles. I feel like I helped the group by doing that because some of the people in our group were people who needed someone to tell them where to start. I kept us on track and helped wherever it was needed. I think personally I would grade myself a 3 in effort because I always have room for improvement, and I think I could have done more to help my group.