STUDENT SPEAK • KEANU E. • TEAM AWESOME OCTET

“I haven’t done a student speak in quite sometime. I am aware that doing this activity goes to my grade, and blaming other homework as the reason why I can’t get this done isn’t a wise argument. I suppose then the real cause is my general laziness and own work, not merely homework just work in general, interfering with what I truly have on my plate.

So, here’s the rundown of what I’ve gained from the past few weeks since my latest student speak. Some several weeks ago, we travelled to the area where the bags are made. Surprisingly, it’s not even a block away from my house; I can walk to the work place right now if I wanted to. Over there, we learned how the bags are made and what the process is, seeing how an independent business that deals with making bags works. Kind of an odd detail, but the place seemed messy, yet the workers and the managers had a method to the madness. I was impressed. At the end, we were given time to develop our bag some more, as the original blueprints were forgotten and could’ve used some reworking anyways.

In all honesty, the limo was nice, I just didn’t think it was overtly awesome. I think that math, english, and all that other stuff is awesome, no offense. I think the mechanics into the difference in engine of the limo piqued me moreso than the limo and the reason why we had the limo in the first place. Really, that’s just me I suppose; fame and money isn’t what I have in mind.

Over the last two weeks, we worked on the bag design and general rule of thumb while ‘on set.’ Interestingly, curse words are allowed, but only if used in a grammatically correct format, though I assume if we do, it will be censored. More importantly than that, we split between marketing and business, and design. On the first day, I worked on helping design the bag. With the help of many of the In True Fashion people, I specifically remember David helping us between both days, we developed of an idea and a theme we wanted to go with our bag. While I worked with the design team, Rudy and Rigo worked together to develop an interesting type of fundraiser: making professional type photos that may be edited to look generally nice or hip and modern.

The next week, we continued the similar pattern, but I took a break from design and helped advance the fundraising idea. More help ensued, and we flushed out the specifics of the planned event. At the end, the final design was drawn; it looks pretty impressive to me.

I have to say, the amount of support we get from ITF is rather impressive. All the people we meet have something important to provide to us as we progress our plans with our bag designs and business plans. Though I feel as though I should feel empowered, I feel more pushed along to complete the task more and more; I’m not resistant to ITF, but I feel more compelled to complete my tasks instead of learning to be a businessman. This is just me feeling how to take this program, as my main goal is not to be a businessperson.”

“Yeah, student speak. I do these about every so often. Anyways, more work on economics and fundraising. I do have to wonder just how big Nancy’s network of people is. On that note, I think we should discuss networking more, if wanted/needed. Just to get this out of the way, I’m not a hustler or anything like that; I make deals when I have to, not when I want to. I don’t mind free ice cream, but unfortunately I’m not a go getter at a business. If I do start a business, it’ll be the side or something. This is still pretty nice however; don’t look a gift horse in the mouth after all. Kinda short, but we’ve had less to discuss as of late.”

“Well, I kind of missed the last time to write anything, so here I am writing. Unfortunately, I was also unable to finish class today because of the meeting with Dartmouth, like many others who attended it. Due to this I kind of missed some of the general interaction with the others students for half the class time period, so it was unfortunate. Yeah. So, just for the record, I think this program is rather interesting; I’m not really a business person, but I found the idea of designing something/selling it to people a fun sentiment to do with friends. About last week, during Back to School Night, some of us, to earn extra credit and/or gain extra credit, sold some leftover stuff from last year’s senior economic plan. I was able to sell only a few toys, while my friends were able to sell multiple clothes; I asked myself, what was the deal with that? I was only able to sell to a few kids and some elderly people, but there were much more middle aged to youth coming in. Most of what we sold was to our own ECHS student body. I found that interesting, and that lead me to today’s discussion of what part of the business could I work on. And, I chose marketing. So yeah, this is my first entry. I hope I didn’t make any mistakes; I don’t feel like correcting them. I have to get off right now, as my mother is having problems with me staying up too late. Hopefully I won’t regret typing the above, but it’s a part of this process.”

“A bit late considering that next class is tomorrow. Anyway, things were hectic in the past week; there were tests, benchmarks, Lip-Off, the heat and a bunch of other things going on to boot. By no means is this my making an excuse; for the most part it’s just me reflecting on that week as a whole. If I recall correctly, last week’s JAMAH focused on meeting some new people part of the JAMAH and In True Fashion group and finally setting us up in our teams. For the most part, I’m happy with my team; they don’t seem like the people who would argue with me indefinitely. Course, that may just me … Please let it not be me that’s troubling? Ah well. So yeah, everything’s pretty cool for the most part.”