Day 26: Watching the Elders React to Service Learning

Today, we had the final presentation for the Service Learning Project, and it was an exhilerating experience.

Usually, whenever I have something to show, I am either watching my presentation alongside with everyone else, or I am the presentation and am too focused on getting things right than to watch the audience. For example, school projects sometimes entail an iMovie, and I watch the iMovie alongside with my peers. Usually I feel this allows for me to enjoy my own video, but I often get focused on the video. But for my violin performances, I am too engrossed on hitting the right notes than to engage the audience.

For the Service Learning Project, we were specifically instructed to face away from the screen and watch our audience. Our Service Learning partner seemed especially glad to watch the video, and was teetering on the narrow rope of laughing and crying. Even though the video was not particularly humorous, she still laughed at some parts of the video. In particular, the other Service Learning partners also seemed to enjoy our video, and they easily maintained an easy smile.

In conclusion, this experience proved to be a watershed in my audience perception, and I think that I should spend more time watching my audience, as to gain more valuable feedback on my work.

“The most important kind of freedom is to be what you really are. You trade in your reality for a role. You trade in your sense for an act. You give up your ability to feel, and in exchange, put on a mask." Over the course of Microcampus, I have experienced the individual freedom that I have been grappling with ever since I have left Shanghai. Who am I? Why am I here? My Microcampus-era posts and thoughts would go to reveal my struggle against who I am, a struggle you will soon face in Microcampus. And now that I am back, I may have but a fragment of my answer.