Oh Me, Oh My: In-Depth 2016

January 14th, 2016 – Week One

Via ClipArtPanda

In-Depth.  Yikes!  Probably the most intimidating words I have heard since eminent.  For the longest time, I had no clue of what I could spend five months working on.  My list of ideas included, blogging, starting up a YouTube channel, journalism, creating a magazine, song writing, etc, etc.  With the completion of ZAP and ZIP in English, I was able to try out a couple of these ideas and though they were fun, I now wanted to try something different for in-depth. Now, I don’t remember exactly where my epiphany happened (but let’s be honest, like all great ideas, it was probably in the bathroom), but in December of 2015 I decided on what I wanted to do for in-depth.  I chose to create a hair tutorial blog!

Basic HTML Site.

Last summer, I took a course which required me to create an HTML website in a week.  The site could be about whatever we wanted so I chose hairstyling.  I really enjoyed getting to share some of my favourite hairstyles as many people I knew were curious of how to do them.  Another project I worked on last year (MACC Passion Project), was creating an art club in my school.  What I liked about this project was that I got to give back and teach in a specific way, as well as I got

Teaching my art club how to make clay pinch pots.

to work very closely with a teacher who could give me advice throughout my process.  It was the basis of these two smaller projects which came together to create my in-depth this year.

The plan for my site is to post a new hair tutorial consistently each week.  However, on the last week of each month, I would like to post a feature on the Gleneagle Hairdressing Program.  Depending on how things go, these features may be on the program itself, or on specific students who I could interview or ask to give their own tutorials.

My Christmas themed Reindeer Bun. One of my all time favourites.

For me, this project is going to be about more than just the hairstlyes.  Of course, I would like to try out some new buns and braids during the process, but for the most part, I am quite confident in what I am able to do with my hair.  The same goes for the website.  The two things I want to work on the most are my teaching and personal skills.  Because I will be creating a tutorial website, I will need to be able to explain instructions clearly.  To me, there is nothing more frustrating than when I see a hairstyle I like and the instructions make no sense.  I want my site to be very clear and easy to follow.  When it comes to personal skills, this strongly involves working with my mentor.  Due to the current hairdressing teacher, Ms. Kim, going on maternity leave, she has referred me to the next teacher coming in named Mrs. McCullough.  Also, since I want to do features on Gleneagle’s program, I will need to speak and work with some students as well.  Though I know working with others will be very beneficial to me, the thought of it is still quite intimidating.  Therefore, this will be one of my greatest challenges.

Does in-depth seem scary?  Very.  But am I excited and ready to tackle it?  Definitely!

On The Pursuit To Find Answers

When I first got the assignment to create provocative questions, I was stumped.  Apparently “what’s your favourite colour” doesn’t count.  I tried so hard to think up some deep, philosophical questions but nothing was coming to me.  When we had class time to figure out questions I just wrote the first question that came to mind.  Was it deep?  No, but I just needed something on my page.  Slowly, more questions started coming and they got better as I went along.  Then came discussion time.  Once discussions began, my mind really started flowing.  I was coming up with really interesting questions for myself.  I found the whole process quite exciting as this isn’t something I consciously do often.

My questions are as follows (in the order they came about):

  1. Where do all of the numbers/concepts in math work the way they do?  Where did they come from and how did the creators come up with the theories?
  2. If you could go back in time to save the person you love most from a tragic death but the universe timeline changes along with all of your other loved ones (they act different, aren’t friends with you, don’t know you), would you do it?  (*This question is inspired by The Flash*)
  3. Are there alternate universes?  Time travel?  Do we live in an alternate universe?  (Read Berenstein/ Berenstain Bears theories)
  4. Where did gender roles come from and why were they “created”?  Why do they still exist?
  5. Where does the desire for popularity come from?
  6. If we as people had no desire for tangible objects, would we really be happier?  “Money doesn’t buy happiness”
  7. I believe people are born with “giftedness”.  If my parents didn’t encourage it as much as they did, would I have lost my giftedness?
  8. If I (personally, not in general) were born a boy, would I still have my girly traits?  Would who I am change before birth?  Would I give into the boy stereotype?  Would I stay myself?
  9. What are the colours we don’t see like?  Do we all see colour the same way/ generally similarly?  Is my orange your purple?  Do the colours actually look different but we are taught their name?  (This is one I have pondered for a long time but it didn’t come to me until the end of discussion)

The questions I am most excited to pursue at the moment are questions 4-8.  These questions involve opinion and many relate to ideas that society forces on people.  I like that on the pursuit to answer these questions, I really need to dive deep into my mind in order to figure out my personal answers.

As for questions 1, 2, 3, and 8, they are questions I’d rather put aside for now.  These questions are more logic based and not really my style.  One day I’d love to hear the answers to these questions but I’m just not passionate enough to find the answers for them myself.

Now, back to the questions I am passionate to learn about.  Because the questions don’t really have a finalized answer, I will consider myself “successful” when I have an answer for myself, personally.  To come up with my own answer, I need to research the topic and hear other people’s opinions.  Whether this be reading blog posts online or asking a family member their thoughts, these are all foundations to help me build up my own answer.

After analyzing my thought process and questions, I have come to the conclusion that I am someone who is quite open-minded.  I am interested in people’s opinions, personal beliefs, and values.  To me, it is enjoyable hearing different perspectives on ideas and learning why people feel the way they do.  When I answer these questions on a personal level, I will also be on a journey to better understand myself.