Let me start off by saying: I am SO excited about this portion of the class! I can’t remember every having this kind of freedom in a class.. ever! When I first saw this portion of the classwork in the syllabus, I won’t lie, I was so nervous. But the more I thought about it, the more excited I got! At first I could not think of a single thing I could do or learn each week that I would enjoy learning about or that would possibly expand my knowledge in different parts of my life — but once some ideas b
egan to pop up in my mind, I was suddenly flooded with ideas.
My initial thought was that I should choose cooking for my independent-learning project. I am far from an exceptional cook and I (and my future family) could honestly really benefit from me taking the time to improve this skill set. However, I felt that there were more things I could truly gain from this project.
The next idea I really liked was the idea of using this opportunity to read the bible and become more familiar with God’s word, and therefore become a better Christain as a result. However, reading and studying the bible is already a part of my weekly routine, and I felt that choosing this as my project would be cheating myself, in a way, as I have already been trying to dedicate this much time throughout my week studying and learning from the Bible.
Then I became so excited, as I thought of something I truly have a passion for, but have robbed myself of a true opportunity to improve my skill — photography! A little over a year ago I purchased a DSLR camera with the intention of really improving my already existing hobby of taking pictures. I have always loved photography and I was convinced taking the next step and getting a nice camera would allow me to expand and improve on this hobby. Much to my surprise, the camera can NOT do the work for you! Now don’t get me wrong — I knew the talent was with the photographer, not the camera, but I didn’t realize just how much there was to know on a DSLR camera! I plan to use this learning opportunity to improve my photography skills, but also to really become comfortable using my new camera. I look forward to learning how to use this device outside of its “auto” mode, and being able to take beautiful pictures. I mainly plan to learn this information and improve my skills through watching YouTube videos for my specific camera and reading blog posts about the different features — as I know there are tons out there!
I’m excited to dive into this project and see how much I improve, as well as see the ideas my classmates come up with for this project!