“Life is inherently risky. There is only one big risk you should avoid at all costs, and that is the risk of doing nothing.” This quote is important to my semester in Propel because I believe taking risks is what Propel is all about. The first risk most of us took was leaving our home school and friends behind. Throughout the creation of our projects, we are constantly trying new things. It’s important to step out of your comfort zone. I’m a strong believer that everyone should take one risk a day even if it scares you. In my opinion, all of us in Propel are risk takers. This semester, I’ve definitely avoided the risk of doing nothing, by taking a chance and joining Propel.
Throughout Propel, I’ve had the chance to create something I’ve only ever dreamt of. I’ve started my own sweet table company, Tabletop Sweets. When you book an event with Tabletop Sweets, I will sit down with the clients and create a custom sweet table to meet any needs and expectations they may have (allergies or dietary restrictions included). My design process will start with an inspiration. This could be the client’s wedding colour, the gender of the client’s baby (for baby showers), theme of the party or holiday, etc. I will then work to create a menu and a cake for the client. On the day of the event, I will also take care of the set up and the take down/cleanup of the table. They won’t have to worry about their sweet table and will be able to focus on other aspects of their event.
One major skill I will take away from my semester at Propel is how much my writing skills have improved. I believe between progress reports and blogs I’ve had the chance to work on my writing skills and with the help of my peers and teachers, I’ve received feedback that I’ve used to improve all aspects of my writing. Peer editing was strongly encouraged all semester from our teachers. Prior to Propel, I often overlooked this step before handing in my work. Now, before I hand in any assignment I take my time to get others to read my work and get opinions and tips to make it better. Secondly, I believe I’ve become more confident in public speaking. Through the many oral presentations we’ve done, I’ve learned many tricks to be confident and give a strong public presentation. We have learnt 21st century skills, also known as the 6 C’s in Propel. Creativity, Critical Thinking, Character, Citizenship, Collaboration and Communication are six things that we’ve applied in all of the field trips or volunteer outings. In our blogs or writing pieces, it always seem to go back and touch on these six words.
My project, like most things had it’s up and downs but none the less it has been a great success. First off I have gorgeous business cards and post cards that I am very proud of. I have also been able to get one of biggest inspirations as my mentor. Jenna Illchuk owner of Jenna Rae Cakes, has accepted my proposal to meet with her. I’m beyond ecstatic for this opportunity. Finally I’ve also successfully created a platform for my business to get up and running as an actual business.
One of the struggles I’ve faced this semester has been, missing thirdly weeks of school for the Germany student exchange. Missing this much school has required me to work hard and fast. Through this, I improved my work ethic by being able to create quality work at a faster pace. It had also forced me to cut creating a web page for Tabletop Sweets out of my plans for this semester. With only a few days left of Propel I didn’t think it would be possible for me to create a website. Dawson and Artisan Media Solutions have recently agreed to build a website for Tabletop Sweets with my detailed input and I’m grateful for his help on this project.
If I had the chance to redo my semester knowing what I know now, I would plan my time better and I would have completed more of my work before I left for my trip. A few weeks ago I attempted to bake different desserts in the school kitchen with the goal to take these desserts to a photography studio and create a business portfolio. I say attempted instead of completed because without being in my own kitchen and in my own environment I couldn’t get into a good place to produce work that I was proud of. Therefore, I was not able to complete a business portfolio. After Propel if I decide to continue with my Tabletop Sweets, creating a business portfolio will definitely be one of the first things on my agenda.
Reflecting back on my semester in Propel, I’ve participated in a variety of different activities. One of my favorite activities being Tigers Den. In Tigers Den we used many of our 6 C’s. We worked with people who we had never met before and created something amazing. Throughout the day we collaborated, thought critically, communicated and used character and creativity.
Another opportunity we had, was to participate in Centrallia. Centrallia is a great event put on by the World Trade Center of Winnipeg. Mr. Magnifico helped me get into. Under the guidance of Mr. Magnifico and his career class this semester, I’ve been able to get a clearer understanding of not only myself, but of my future. Like most teenagers, at this age we’re usually all over the place when questioned about our future plans. The career development class and MyBlueprint have made planning for my future just a little bit easier.
Looking forward towards my future, I believe my semester at Propel will benefit me greatly. I’ve learnt some great skills (such as the 6 C’s) that I will be able to carry on and apply to the rest of my life. This summer after finishing Propel, I will have to make a decision whether financing Tabletop Sweets and investing my time into my business is something I want to continue. I now also have an amazing network connection with one of my biggest mentors in life, Jenna Rae.
Propel has given all of us new opportunities, chances to express ourselves and be creative. It has also helped me gain important knowledge about myself and help me make decisions about my future. Overall I’m very thankful I took a risk and left my home school to try a program I had minimal knowledge about prior to joining. This program turned out to be one of the most influential and beneficial things I’ve ever done.
There is only 6 more days of school and here I am, writing my last blog. Its been an amazing semester and I hope you all enjoyed reading my blogs.
Until the next time,