One mistake I made was being irresponsible with my phone. This occurred sometime during last year's County Fair. I went on the Super Sizzler ride with a bunch of my friends. If you don't know what that ride is, essentially you are held in by a lap bar and are spun around quickly, with the person on the end being smashed from the speed and the other people. I had just gotten my phone a few months earlier, so it was considerably new. I sat at the end of the cart, where you'd be squished, and didn't think and kept my phone in my pocket. I'm assuming you can guess what happened next. My phone screen got shattered and it wasn't a very pretty sight. Moreover, a few months later I was going jogging and I let go of my phone accidentally and it cracked even more! Basically, the mistake in this is me just being plain irresponsible and not careful. Since then, I have now been pretty cautious of how I treat my new phone. So far, I haven't had any drastic terrors happen to it (unless I've just jinxed myself)!
Another mistake I made was not testing my equipment before going out to film. This happened last year in seventh grade during second quarter when I was partnered with Herenui. We were in the midst of our second quarter project, a news story on a restaurant named Lanakila Kitchen. I rushed while packing equipment and didn't take the time to actually test it. I figured I'd test my luck and hope that they were good. Well, my luck was not very good. We stayed at the restaurant and filmed an interview with our central character, and shot hours of b-roll. We spent quite a while there, and by the time we left, felt pretty good about all the footage we shot. I didn't even bother to check the footage before we left. The run down is that all of the footage we had just spent hours shooting, did not have any audio. The most important interview, the one with our central character, did not have any sound, nor did any of the b-roll sequences. This one big mistake led to us being behind on our project which brought on a lot of stress and worry. Because I failed to check the equipment, I wasted everyone's time and had to embarrassingly ask them for an interview again. The lesson I learned was to always check your equipment no matter what! It only takes a few minutes and can save you from a lot of stress and bad footage.
The last mistake I am going to talk about is not practicing enough for band. This is a mistake that I make out of laziness. Laziness kills productivity, and eventually, success. Currently, our band is practicing in preparation for the spring concert in May. We are playing five songs so practicing is very important in order for our whole band to sound great. We added on the fifth song just recently, and I hadn't spent much time practicing that. In class a few weeks ago, Ms. Tochiki asked the clarinets who played part one to play their part. I, along with only two other clarinets had part one. I didn't practice enough and I couldn't play the part, or at least well. I sounded terrible! It was pretty embarrassing considering you could clearly hear all my mistakes, and so did the rest of the class. I'm sure that I disappointed Ms. Tochiki and my classmates. Another experience actually occurred today at a rehearsal for Honor band. We just got our music maybe last week Thursday or Friday and today was our first rehearsal. In my opinion, the music is quite difficult. There is a lot of complicated rhythms, notes, and tempos. I spent time practicing it, trying to get it right. I didn't practice enough though, because when I attended the rehearsal today, I could not keep up with the band and ultimately made them sound bad. I learned that in order to sound good, I need to practice not until I get it right, but until I can't get it wrong. I need to stop being lazy, stop procrastinating, and just do it!
In conclusion, three mistakes I made were being reckless with my phone, not testing equipment, and not practicing enough for band. Though all of my mistakes led to bad consequences, they all taught me valuable lessons. I had to make those mistakes in order to know not to make the same mistake again! By embarrassing myself by not knowing my part in band, I learned that I needed to practice so I wouldn't experience it again. To conclude, although the consequences from our mistakes can be negative, you'll always get new knowledge of what to and what not to do in the future! That's it for this week's constructed response! Thanks for reading! Bye!