— End of week Fifteen —
This week has ended on a wonderfully positive note; my presentation has been given, therefore the most nerve wracking component of the course has been completed. I’m very grateful to have had the support of all my friends and family, and even those who took the time to view my project when I presented on Thursday. To be quite honest, I was incredibly nervous to present although I was in a room all alone, and everyone else was in their respective locations. That’s the weird thing about this class; a majority of the people who I have met through this course will never meet me face to face since this class was indeed digital. I never saw myself taking a course like this, because it definitely put me outside of my comfort zone and forced me to get into the routine of logging into class and getting acquainted with people from across the country through Zoom, including my professors.
Since I shared my script with you all the day of my presentation (Thursday, Nov. 30) you all know exactly what I said and what the presentation entailed: simply explaining the importance of the research and the purpose of the website. Ultimately, the experience within itself was a remarkable one, since I finally got to share with everyone what I had been working on so diligently all semester long. To my surprise, my university President Dr. Shipley tuned into the Zoom session to view my work. Her overall presence and support really did help a lot, but it also added to my nerves.
My presentation ran smoothly, I didn’t exceed my time limit of 15 minutes, and I had enough time to discuss questions if my classmates or anyone else had them. I was relieved no one asked me where my partner was; I was worried I’d have to explain that I was doing this project alone, although I was never sure how I would express that part of the experience to someone since I didn’t want to share information that was not mine to share. The person who had been assigned as my partner of course has the right to keep that part private since it was part of his experience. But all in all I would like to think the presentation went well. All I have left to do is make the changes to the website Dr. Dunn will suggest in the next few days to come, and submit the final website on Monday Dec. 11 for grading purposes. We shall see how this goes, and I look forward to working on the site to improve it in the next few days to come.
Until next time, Maria.
Please feel free to take a look at the digital COPLAC contract, which I have taken the time to perfect it from its initial form and includes a formal research proposal as well.
Here you will find my working thesis: “The Native American group known as the Wichita Indians suffered through immense forced migration during the 19th and 20th century due to Anglo – American influences in Northern Texas; hence the lack of current representation in places such as Wichita Falls, Texas.”
Until next time, Maria.