My year long Senior Project 2018!
Much of this past year at the Science Leadership Academy (SLA) has been spent crafting a project that means a lot to me. For senior year, we have to create a culminating piece of work, or Capstone, that requires at least 80 hours of work. The direction we choose is 100% up to each student, with the only requirements being 3 week updates on our progress and approval from a teacher and mentor. For my Capstone, I decided to write a children's storybook in German.
This idea was inspired by an exchange program with SLA and a high school in Frankfurt, Germany that I participated in during my junior year. We visited Frankfurt for a week and ever since then I have been interested in German language and culture. I decided to dedicate my Capstone time to teaching myself German and sharing what I learned. Over the school year, I have used German Rosetta Stone and Duolingo to increase my knowledge of German. While this task was easier said than done, it has been incredibly rewarding to recognize words in a language I knew almost nothing about when before starting the project.
My final product is a hand written and illustrated children's book. As a person who has not taken an art class since freshman year, I felt myself struggle to draw and paint the pages in the book. That being said, I am incredibly proud of my final product and could not be more happy about how it looks and my personal growth.