The Mask Project
In the Mask Project we were asked to make a mask and write an essay portraying how we were socialized. There were other projects that led up to the mask project the most helpful in getting ready for the mask project was reading The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka. This book was about Franz Kafka’s Metamorphosis through life illustrated with his characters. We had to write our own short story about the Metamorphosis of a character. Then we started to focus more on ourselves and we did the ‘My Jams’ essay on specific songs how they relate to us. Then we read the Cycle of Socialization which helped us learn our place in socialization. When we were done with that we went into the mask and How We Have Been Socialized essay.
I think in these projects I have pushed myself out of my comfort zone with the reading and writing. I think some other times I can do better with thinking outside of the box and now that I think about it I think that I went the easy way out. I did what I needed to do and only sometimes I did more than what I was asked to do. This happens with a lot of projects and think that I could work hard and do some extra work or do better on what I am supposed to do. One of the only things that I did well in this semester is advocating. When I needed some help I asked for it with extensions for projects or if I needed an audio book for better understanding. I never gave up early on in a project. When a project was interesting to me I was able to give more effort in that I would refine it more, and I would take more pride in it.
These projects impacted me as a student and a human by expanding my thought process about my role and life and how my socialization has affected that roll. Some of the skills that I learned in this project are typing, and thinking more about myself on a more profound level, and how the world I was born into has impacted my path in life. I see myself as an agent much of time, but I am actually a target just because I am female and dyslexic. My mindset has become a growth mindset through this project, I had a fixed mindset at the beginning of the year because I hadn’t felt very interested previously with humanities. This year there's a lot more content that I find valuable to my personal growth like exploring the songs in the My Jams essay really had me listening to how I can relate to the lyrics and the story within them. These made me feel more connected to the world and a little more normal/understood.