Eminent Interview Reflection

As part of my final assignment for the Eminent Project this year, I was asked to conduct an interview with an expert or someone knowledgeable on the history of my eminent person. However, I couldn’t secure an interview in the end, with no response from any of those I reached out to. In this blog post, I will reflect on the steps I took to get an interview, why I couldn’t get one, and what I could’ve done differently in the future to secure one. So, the first step I took to get an interview was to do some research on who I could reach out to for my interview. The first obvious choices that came to mind were Frank Lloyd Wright’s foundations and committees, specifically the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and the Fallingwater Advisory Committee. I got to work creating email drafts to send to both of them, making sure to personalize each email to its recipient. After finalizing and sending the emails, I patiently waited for a few weeks, with the lack of response growing more worrisome by the day. At some point, I realized that I couldn’t wait for their response any longer and decided to find another expert regarding Frank Lloyd Wright I could contact. This time, I decided to go onto the UBC School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture website’s faculty page, where I did some research on the professors. I eventually found a few professors that are very knowledgeable on the history of architecture, with a few possessing expertise in specifically the history of American architecture. I chose the one that I thought would suit the nature of my interview the best, and went through the process of drafting, finalizing, and sending an email to the professor. However, the professor also ended up not responding to my interview request as well, which is unfortunate because the professor’s expertise on Frank Lloyd Wright would’ve made for such a great interview. By the time I realized that the professor wouldn’t be responding to me as well, it was a bit late to send out another request. With this, I decided to give up in my attempts to conduct an interview.

 

As hindsight is 20/20, looking back, what could I have done differently to up my chances of securing an interview? For starters, I could’ve perhaps chosen people that were more likely to have time to participate in an interview, instead of someone like a professor that is most likely already very busy with their job. Someone like a YouTuber or blogger that had knowledge of Wright would probably have more time and flexibility to participate in my interview. Another way I could’ve gotten an interview is by choosing an eminent person that was world-famous so that I would have a wider array of people that I could request for an interview with.

 

Thank you for reading,

Dylan

Leader in the Community Blog Post

#1 “People do what people see”

For my first paragraph, I’ve chosen to talk about how “people do what people see” (Maxwell, 1993, p. 17), which was described in Session 3 of Developing the Leaders Around You by John C. Maxwell. This thought describes how people naturally mimic what they see others around them do. An example of this would be how a person cleans their own area after seeing someone around them cleaning up their area. This point is relevant to me because I find that I sometimes forget to model the expectations of my group during TALONS trips, and the group ends up often forgetting to follow those expectations, as a result, A way I can apply this point to my upcoming TALONS outdoor adventure trips will be by making sure to model how I want my group to act while on the trip. For example, if we were on a biking trip and we are expected to give right of way to faster bikers or hikers, then I would make sure to model moving to the side and letting a faster biker go past me on the trail. This will hopefully make my group members and other participants of the trip around me follow my example and do the same, moving aside for the faster biker. Modelling the expectations is important because it will encourage others around you to also do the same, creating a more effective and coordinated team overall.

 

#2 “None of us is as smart as all of us.”

For my second paragraph, I chose to talk about the quote “none of us [are] as smart as all of us” (Ken Blanched, n.d., p.11), which was used in session 2 of Developing the Leaders Around You. This quote describes how when a leader thinks individually, they won’t be creating ideas that are as effective as ideas that are created from the thinking of multiple leaders as a team. Working together to create a solution is always better than doing it by yourself, as you get different perspectives and more important information that you can use to help you decide. This quote is relevant to me because I often forget about the power of thinking as a collective instead of thinking as an individual, thus resulting in me leaving my group members out of discussions sometimes. I can apply what I have learned from this quote to my upcoming TALONS outdoor adventure trips by making sure to include others (especially leaders whose potential I am confident with) in important discussions and conversations. For example, if my group and I were on a hiking trip and we got lost from the main group, I would make sure to start a group conversation to gain insights and thoughts from everyone in the group to create a stronger solution. It will also help my group members to improve their decision-making and leadership skills by allowing them to take part in creating a solution with me. Thinking as a collective is better than thinking as an individual due to the wider array of information and perspectives that you get from it, allowing you to make a better choice than you would’ve by yourself.

 

#3 “Self-disclosure, the willingness to share parts of one’s own journey when appropriate and the willingness to be honest.”

For my third and final paragraph, I chose to talk about the importance of self-disclosure, which is described in session 4 of Developing the Leaders Around You. It describes how self-disclosure is the “willingness to share parts of one’s own journey when appropriate and the willingness to be honest” (Maxwell, 1993, p. 21), and the importance of having the courage to share past experiences to allow others to learn from your mistakes and to grow from them. This quote is relevant to me because I want to continue developing my skills in this area because I lack the experience and knowledge on how to properly use self-disclosure yet. I can implement what I’ve learned from this point in my upcoming TALONS outdoor adventure trips by making sure to use past experiences and parts of my own journey with developing leaders around me. This is so that they can learn from my experiences and regain that motivation to achieve victory over a problem that they’ve been struggling with. For example, if one of my group members are having trouble with operating a TALONS Trangia stove, I could give them an example of when I struggled with the Trangia stove as well, giving them reassurance that they aren’t the only one that had experienced the same problems and that they would get through it. My self-disclosure would hopefully then remotivate them to try and learn from my mistakes and theirs to find the solution to their problem. Good self-disclosure is important for all leaders so that they can give developing leaderss a different perspective on a problem and help them solve it.

 

Thank you for reading,
Dylan

Eminent Practice Interview Reflection

This week for Eminent, we had to conduct practice interviews to prepare for the upcoming interviews with our notables. We got into groups of three to four, with each of us taking turns interviewing each other with another person writing down feedback on an assessment sheet. Before the interviews, I had not realized we were to make interview questions for our classmates, instead, I had made questions directed at my actual interviewee. This forced me to improvise during the practice interviews by making the questions on the fly, which was awkward at times, but it sufficed. The feedback I received was also quite helpful. Overall, l was given a “Strong” assessment, which means I have questions and content that are relevant and accurate but have some non-distracting errors. I also had an equal amount of stretches and strengths. On my feedback sheet, it pointed out how I naturally expanded on existing questions, which is good because I can make my actual interview more interesting because we will both be learning from those expanded questions. The feedback sheet also mentioned that I was polite and had a good tone, which can help keep the interview on the topic. Finally, the sheet mentioned that I did not interrupt the interviewee while they were talking, which allowed them to finish their train of thought. However, some areas in which I could improve are having a less monotone/stiff voice so I can make the interview more engaging. My feedback sheet also said I sometimes had awkward pauses and seemed lost during my interview, but I think I can chalk that up to not having the proper questions prepared. Finally, the sheet says that I got off track easily, which I can work on my timing myself to make sure one topic does not go on for too long. I can also have the questions open on a separate side of the screen so I can constantly make sure I am still on topic and have not gone off track. The interviews were still fun though because I got to know my peers more and learned how to improve my current interview skills. 

Thanks for reading,

Dylan

Eminent Introduction Post Reflection

During the process of reading and commenting on the posts, I found that all the posts from my peers were very well done and all a joy to read. I especially enjoyed being surprised by the accomplishments of the other notables my peers had written about, especially Paul Dicar and Marie Curie. I also liked how a lot of their posts had sections on characteristics of their notable that they did want to emulate along with the ones they already did have. I also learned from my classmate’s posts as well, like how upon reading Anita’s post, I realized that I should have spaced out my text better with images to make it easier to read. The questions I had to answer in my comment also really made me intently read the posts so I could answer them well. Besides the part about spacing out my text using images more, I would also like to reformat my blog, to be honest after seeing the much cleaner blogs of my classmates. I can also use more of what the comments said they liked about my post more often in my future posts 

Thanks for reading,

Dylan

Eminent Introductory Post – Frank Lloyd Wright

Frank Lloyd Wright

“Nature is my manifestation of God. I go to nature every day for inspiration in the day’s work.”

– Frank Lloyd Wright

Personal Connections

I have selected Frank Lloyd Wright to do my Eminent project because I enjoy his work in the incorporation of architecture into nature itself, as well as the changes he brought to the architectural industry through his prairie school of architecture.  

I chose to do my project on Wright because he desired change in an industry that he felt had become stale and stagnant in its progress. His philosophy on nature and buildings also fascinates me because it made him one of the first to think about how our buildings impact the environment. I feel that both Wright and I share similarities in our passion, productivity, and creativity. Wright is known for his ridiculous productivity and creativity, designing over 1000 buildings over the span of his career. Though I am passionate about architecture, I lack Wright’s productivity and creativity. I wish to emulate these qualities of Wright because they are important qualities to have in general even outside of architecture. Wright’s architecture showed how he cared about lessening his impact on the environment. Similarly, one of my goals in TALONS is to learn how to lessen my own impact on the environment too. A barrier that might make it difficult for me to connect with Wright is the unfortunate fact that he is dead, and most photos that people associate with Wright depicted him in his later years. When we must dress up as our eminent person, I can get around this by simply wearing a wig and perhaps creating some wrinkles on my face with my sister’s help using her makeup.  

Frank Lloyd Wright Designs with a House Beautiful Connection Go on View at  The Met

Eminence

Wright contributed to the architectural field in multiple ways, including his creation of “organic architecture.” Lloyd’s buildings harmonized and coexisted with nature instead of replacing it. As Frank said, “no house should ever be on a hill or on anything. It should be of the hill. Belonging to it. Hill and house should live together with each the happier for the other.” (Wright, n.d.). The most prominent use of Frank’s organic architecture is in “Fallingwater,” a house built on top of a flowing waterfall without any restriction to the flow of the water. Frank also created the prairie school of architecture. It was the beginning of the modern architecture we see today, having an emphasis on:  

  • Low-pitched roofs  
  • Clean geometries  
  • The horizontal plane  
  • Use of mass-produced, easily accessible materials.  

Wright will be remembered for his introduction of organic architecture, the idea of buildings incorporated into nature. His prairie style of architecture will also be remembered in the future for its emphasis on the horizontal plane. Wright took the first steps in freeform architecture, inspiring many design perspectives and trends in the modern era, such as preventing the constant repetition of concrete cubicles.   

Frank’s family had financial troubles as he grew up, and his parents ended up divorcing in 1885 due to his father’s constant travelling. Frank, in an attempt to help support his family, worked and studied at the University of Wisconsin’s department of engineering. Frank believed that everyone had the right to live a beautiful life in beautiful circumstances and he sought to create affordable buildings that served that aspiration.  

Frank is worth teaching about because he took the first steps in making buildings look how they do now. Without him, a large majority of buildings in the modern day would still be concrete cubicles. Without him, a large majority of buildings in the modern day would still have a Victorian style of architecture. His work ethic is something that people can look up to, as he designed and built a large number of buildings in his career.  

I chose Wright over others in this field is because he is arguably the most influential modern architect in recent history with his steps taken in his prairie style, organic and freeform architectures. Frank was an architect that brought large amounts of a fresh change in the architectural industry, directing American architecture away from the Victorian style. In addition, Wright’s use of easily accessible and mass-produced materials allowed buildings to become more affordable too.  

Some wisdom we can take away from Wright’s work is that even though we humans fear change, change is often a good thing. It was Wright’s changes to what he saw as a stale climate in his beloved dream career that led him to make beautiful changes to architecture as a whole. 

Frank Lloyd Wright's architecture school to close after 88 years - CNN Style

References

Frank Lloyd Wright Quotes. (n.d.). Goodreads. Retrieved from https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/69188.Frank_Lloyd_Wright

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Organic Architecture: Green Design Before Its Time. (2014). Britton. Retrieved from https://www.brittonmdg.com/blog/frank-lloyd-wrights-organic-architecture-green-design-before-its-time/

Digital Literacy Reflection – 2021

What are your thoughts on hybrid learning (in person and at home) compared to when you are in your learning groups (at school for all classes). Which format do you prefer, and why?

The hybrid system is when you go to school in person while also doing online class from home while learning groups are when you go to school for all classes. If I had to pick one that I preferred, I’d pick the hybrid system. I actually liked the hybrid system a lot more than I thought I would’ve. While hybrid is a bit more messy and awkward with the timings and schedules, I liked the online portions of the hybrid system a lot because it felt a lot calmer and more relaxing than learning groups were. Plus, I also worked more efficiently at home and I had more and better equipment to assist me in doing my work. While learning groups are more fun community-wise because you get to see everyone and get to participate in class more often, sometimes it’s just a bit too much and having the ability to be able to work from my room back home away from the classroom is a really nice luxury to have.

How has technology benefitted you during the hybrid learning experience?

Technology has benefitted me in a lot of ways during hybrid learning this year. Technology can provide you with nearly all the information in the entire world, and having that resource at my fingertips was really useful during long projects and assignments that required a lot of research and inquiry. It also allowed me to connect with my classmates more easily this year as I’d be able to find nearly all of them on social media and be able to ask them for help regarding work more easily as well.

How has technology impeded you during the hybrid learning experience?

A way technology impeded me during hybrid this year was definitely how often it distracted me. I can get off task quite easily, and having online work in front of a computer that has access to millions of games, books, and shows can be quite tempting. I often found myself being distracted from my actual work while online, and that really impeded my work efficiency this year.

Is there anything that you hope remains a part of school that was new because of hybrid learning after the pandemic is over and school returns to normal?

I hope only having less than 4 classes (often 2) every day is something that they’ll include. I feel like having more time in one class is great because you get to cover more material and get more time to go over and practice it. Though, I’m sure I’ll like having a lot of classes in one day too, because that’ll be more like middle school (which I’m used to) and it’d be more fast paced and you’d be taking more subjects at a time, thus also learning more.

Link to 2 Projects in school /TALONS that used digital technology, and explain how the use of that digital technology enhanced your project. Ideas include In-Depth, Eminent, Zip, individual class projects in Talons or other subjects…

My Bread Talk

This project involved me completing a ton of research regarding an inquiry question I created for myself that had to do with the science 9 curriculum. For my question, I asked myself “how is the smell, taste, and look of bread affected by the amount of yeast and type of flour added?” Digital technology really helped to enhance my project because I had so many credible and informational resources available to me on the internet. Through digital technology, I was also able to polish and make my presentation look better through video editing and audio recording!!

My In-Depth Project

This project involved me picking another inquiry question, but this time it was to be centered on a skill I wanted to learn. I chose game design using Unity because I was pretty interested in game making, and using digital technology, I managed to enhance my project a whole lot. Using the internet, I was able to find many courses and resources online to help teach myself the programs I wanted to learn to make games. Also, I used the internet to polish my final presentation as well using websites that allowed me to post my own games free of charge for anyone to play. Finally, I used technology (specifically the Unity game engine) to help me make my game itself, as without it, I wouldn’t have been able to even make my game and to enhance it.

Thanks for reading, and have a great summer!
Dylan