Ninth grade reflection on upstander project.
- What your project was about?
My project was about diabetes and the costs of the medication. Diabetes is a broad topic and there’s a lot to it, and we tried to mention a lot of it such as Type 1 diabetes, Type 2 diabetes, what you can do to prevent diabetes, how one gets diabetes and what puts them at risk and the root causes.
- What does being an upstander mean to you now?
Being an upstander means doing some sort of action to support a certain cause. My definition is still the same, but I got to experience what it’s like to actually be an upstander for a cause. Before this project, I never really stood for anything and I think after this I might start.
- What did you learn about yourself as a student / person in this project?
I don’t know, but I went through a lot of stress during this project because it was the same time as Driscoll’s project. I guess I learned that I need to be more organized and sometimes I just need to put everything aside and focus on my work.
- What did you learn as an upstander?
I learned how difficult it is to create a big impact. I know to have certain expectations when I’m being an upstander and I know there’s probably a limit to how much of an impact I can make over a certain span of time.
- What are the next steps you would like to take as an upstander for this issue or another issue?
I don’t think I will continue to be an upstander for diabetes specifically. Out of all honesty, I don’t put a lot of time and effort to be an upstander for many things, partially because of all the hope I’ve lost in everyone as a whole. Of course I will still support people individually if I can, but I don’t think I’ll try to be fighting for a really big problem.
- Advice to other upstanders, or students looking to create a change
You may not create enough change to be completely successful, but you still make an impact, specifically towards the community (possibly on campus). During my project, I did not solve anything in the outside world but I did raise awareness for the people on our campus. I care about these people, so I feel like educating them was still an important impact.