It’s time for another round of Timeless Thoughts, a monthly blog link-up hosted by Georgie and me. This month is being hosted by Georgie, so head over to her blog and join up by submitting your post to the widget at the end of Georgie’s entry! This link-up is opened for two weeks, and your entry can be about anything you find unforgettable from your past or present! It can be an object, an event, a person — anything goes — and you can have more than one thing you miss. For this month, here’s what I’ve been missing lately!
Talking about my education experience on Aigoo Askathon brought back some memories. Three years ago was when I was just about finishing up my postgraduate programme. Instead of a thesis, I did a capstone (aka “crapstone”) project on a topic near and dear to my heart. One of my longtime hobbies became the focal point of my project. The idea came to me in an earlier class. I researched and figured out how to apply the topic to my field, and I put together a massive slide show and recorded an oral presentation for my defence.
The hobby that I focused on was fandom and fanworks, how the two can be used to promote positive youth development. For those who do not know, fanworks are works (stories, art, video, music, et cetera) created by fans based on an existing medium, and these fans are part of the fandom. For an example, in the Harry Potter fandoms, many fans create fanworks using the existing characters, and a good majority of the fans ships the characters into pairings. I first joined the Slayers and Gundam Wing fandom when I was fourteen or fifteen. At sixteen, I joined the Harry Potter fandom. All throughout my teen years, I was consuming and creating my own fanworks, and those had a major impact on me as a young adult and throughout my 20s.
My last semester was from mid-January 2014 to the beginning of May, but I had to do my defence by the end of March. By January, I knew exactly what I’d wanted my capstone to be about. I began to fine-tune my idea and eventually proposed the 6 Cs of fanworks, inspired by the 6 Cs of positive youth development. Unfortunately, February was when I did my annual photography contest at my workplace. That took up most of my time and energy, so my capstone took a major backseat for that month.
Lucky for me, though, I had super supportive managers, and they’d allowed me to take leave for a week or so for me to focus on my project. That turned out to be a good thing because I had some last minute changes I had to make! My managers granted me a few extra of days of leave when it was time for me to do my defence, too. I was super grateful to them for the extra time — the days off really saved me! Along with my managers, I had many friends who helped me online. I brainstormed with them, they gave me quotes, and I sent them my slide show for them to proof for coherency and errors. My parents, too, gave me support with their love and their understanding that I needed space and time to do this huge project.
Though the days off and all the support had saved me, the actual project turned out to be super stressful. I spent days compiling my research materials into the slide show, ensuring all my sources were correct, learning a new software to record myself with the slide show — it was a lot of work. Admittedly, I do not miss the actual work, but what I do miss is that sense of accomplishment towards the end when I found out I had passed. This was one of my biggest and hardest project I had ever worked on, and even I surprised myself by what I was capable of. Not only did I succeed, but I had done it with so many people’s support. I may have hated my capstone project several times, but in the end, I am proud of my achievements.
What huge projects have you done? Who gave you support? Share with me in the comments!