Project Description This project began with nine weeks of studying sociological content such as Kafka’s The Metamorphosis, body versus memory theories about identity, the Ship of Theseus thought experiment, and the concepts of social norms and the cycle of socialization. The final project included designing, making, and painting a mask of your own face, then writing an academic essay with studied content to accompany it.
Project Effort In this project, I stepped out of my comfort zone by putting my little-known passions on display, and being honest about hiding them. There is still a part of me that fears judgment for what I love, but I don’t regret opening up. However, I struggled with the essay, and I waited until the last minute to get it done. I wish I’d been more diligent with getting words down on the paper instead of being so indecisive. I didn’t know how to express my ideas at first, and I was afraid to ask for help. I deeply regret that. When I finally did ask for advice, I was able to write my essay. Unfortunately, I waited until it was quite late in the project. I did finish, but in the last minute. I’ve noticed that procrastination and indecisiveness are areas for growth with me, and I had those problems when writing this essay. However, when I put my mind to it, I sat down and wrote for a couple hours straight, finally finishing. Next time, I will be focused from the very start. I am very proud of my mask. All the hours spent sanding, plastering, brainstorming, and painting it definitely paid off. I feel that the mask accurately represents my identity and how it’s been affected by socialization. The essay is less refined, for the reasons presented above, but I did end up expressing the ideas I wanted in it. The perspective does align with that of the mask, but it also tells more about my past. I feel that I have successfully achieved a certain level of refinement within this project.