The first few weeks of Propel have been a pretty big change for me. I have met some amazing people who are not only talented but also very kind and welcoming. I must admit I was nervous for the semester to start. I have always been a very closed off and shy person and it was a pretty big change from regular school. Knowing that there would be a lot of presentations scared me, but at the same time, I was excited to build up my public speaking skills.
The first few days were uncomfortable and information heavy. Mr. Hansen and Mr. Patrician gave us a complete rundown on what the semester was going to look like. By the end of the orientation, my brain felt like it was about to burst. We also did a couple of team-building exercises and it a lot of fun! One of the exercises was going to a collection of escape rooms called “The Real Escape”. Me, being the tuff guy, I am, decided to be part of a room called “Mavis House”. The scariest room they had, and my oh my, how I didn’t know what I was getting into. I should’ve known it was going to be scary when we jumped watching the intro video. In the beginning, we were doing well in the solving of puzzles. We were even jamming to the “scary” music that they were playing throughout the room. But then it happened, a damn clown showed up in a mirror and scared the absolute crap out of us. Now you may be asking, did he come back? Oh, and let me tell you, yes, he did. Occasionally, the lights would turn off, when this happened we would all just cower into the corner and hope for it to be over. It was horrible but was also amazing.
When the second week came along I had to start coming out of my comfort zone a little. We started the PSP (Public Speaking Program). I enjoyed the system that they had for the PSP. After every presentation, we had to fill out these feedback forms to talk about what we liked and what we thought could have been improved on. I enjoyed this because I crave feedback, any kind of small feedback can go a long way in the future of your learning.
The third week was by far my favorite. We were given a chance to explore the areas that we were considering for our projects. So far, I have been working with SketchUp, just playing with the mechanics and just trying to understand it better. I was able to come up with a basic design of a Liquor cabinet, and the interior of a room. I know for a fact that I want to pursue interior design for my final project.
So far, I’m enjoying Propel. I am ready to get working on a project I can be proud of and call my own, Looking forward to the future of my project!