Week 1: The Beginning

I would like to initiate my first blog post with a quote by Aristotle: “well begun is half done.”  This is a phrase that has been running through my head for some time now.  When the idea to do an independent project studying Syrian refugees first came to me one rainy morning in biology class, everything seemed much simpler.  I imagined that I would just have to read a few books and write a script, and just like that I could produce my own film.  However, now that I have began to look at the process in more depth, it has become much more intimidating.  It is true that I am very nervous to be undertaking such a project, but at the same time I can not remember ever being so excited to take a course at Westtown.

I am extremely lucky in the help that I have already recievedon my project.  Between teachers in the finance office offering to connect me with Westtown alums who were refugees themselves to my mentor Pat Macpherson mailing me many invaluable resources, I am off to an incredible start.  I have also recently been looking at some different online resources for my project.  One such resource is actually a blog published by World Vision about Syrian refugees on which I hope to use as an inspiration for my own posts (the link to the blog can be found at the bottom of this post).

One thing I want to be particularly conscious of on my path forward is keeping this project my own.  Though the input people give me about my project can be very helpful,  I want to be sure to keep this project going the way I think it should, as opposed to anyone else.  I may not know exactly where this project will end up, but I know I want to be able to look at the final product and think “I did that.” I wait in anticipation to see where this project will take me.

Blog on Syrian refugees: https://blog.worldvision.org/tag/syrian-refugee-crisis

A Syrian refugee family in a camp in Turkey. (Gokhan Sahin/Getty)

2 thoughts on “Week 1: The Beginning

  1. brandonlee2016

    This is a very unique project and I am glad you are undertaking it. I am not sure if you still want to make a film about refugees but I think that’s a great idea. Best of luck with your future endeavors.

  2. mxagro

    I have to say I am very impressed by your research focus. It is so special and potentially so powerful. Please keep your pursuit and you are ansolutely right about keeping the project original. I am excited to witness your endertaking. Good luck!


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