The first thing that took me by surprise was that I made lots of good friends in media. At the start of this school year, I just confined myself to a couple of people that I knew and were comfortable with. However, as the year progressed, I forced myself to talk to new people and socialize, which is one of the best decisions I have made. I was surprised by how many new friendships I created and how much closer I became to each person. I still remember initializing a conversation with Taylor, Napua, and Serena at the golf tournament while lei making. At the start, I was nervous and shy since I didn't really know a lot of the people in the class, but I am now proud to say that I've became friends with pretty much everyone, and that's a good thing. We all shared that common thread of being in CKTV, but as I got to get to know each person, it was more than that. I am glad to be surrounded by great people each day at school. They're all very kind, sweet, and caring, and you know that they'd have your back. The CKTV Ohana is the best! One thing I was surprised by was how many new friends I've made this year.
The second thing that surprised me was how far I've come and how much I've improved. Being totally honest, I didn't have much confidence at the start of the school year. I guess I was just anxious about being mentoring another student and having more responsibility than last year. I really didn't expect much accomplishments. When I started the year, one of my goals was to get one of my news stories onto Hiki No. At the time, I thought that I wouldn't achieve that goal, but I was just setting them high to lead myself on. However, I can proudly say that I did meet that goal! I was actually kind of surprised by that, but am very happy that the story I worked on with Herenui was aired. Despite that, what surprised me the most was that the same story placed 1st in the STN Spring Nationals! How crazy is that! It surprised me because we were up against lots of tough competition, especially since it's nationwide. Another achievement that I was surprised by was getting an honorable mention on the PSA I did this year, "Don't Burn Your Life Away" at the STN Spring Nationals. I seriously didn't expect all these awards, but am very humble and lucky to have gotten them. Kudos to my partner Herenui and all her hard work on our story. I am very satisfied with my improvement, and hope that I can improve even more as the future progresses. Another thing that surprised me was how far I've come and how much I've improved.
The third thing that surprised me was how much more I learned. This year, I've learned a lot of things that I didn't know before. This includes technical things, advice, and life lessons. This surprised me because I thought that I knew most of the basics that there is to media. It turns out that there is much more. I learned all these things from my own personal mistakes and experiences, and from other peers who have helped me along the way. I've learned that there are two ways that the Zoom receives the audio, and that it may not be picking up your mic's audio because you're not on the right setting. Yep, I've learned that one the hard way. Not only did I learn technical things, but I've also learned more life lessons. Yes, we all know that 'do not procrastinate' is a biggie, but something new I learned was the importance of patience, productiveness, and cooperation. I was very lucky to be given great advice from great people. I really enjoyed all the breakout sessions during STN because it gave us guidance on how to become better. Improvement is how you succeed. Another thing I liked was receiving constructive feedback from my peers, Mr. M, and even the Hiki No people. Again, improvement is the way to success. A classmate and friend of mine once told me, "Rejection is motivation to work harder." I think this is something everyone should hear. It works with lots of situations, like your media projects. I'm sharing that quote because it's my favorite and because it might give you some inspiration. But probably the most important thing that I've learned was about myself. I realized that I really enjoy creating videos, filming and especially editing. The third thing that surprised me was how much more I've learned.
In conclusion, I have had many unexpected surprises, but the top three would be meeting new friends, how much I've improved, and all the new things that I've learned. Thankfully, all three has impacted me in a positive way. We will always have surprises in life, but what matters is how you react and what you do about it. This has been the last constructive response of this school year. Hopefully I'll be writing to you again next school year! As always, that is it for this week's constructive response! Thanks for reading! Bye! Have a great summer everyone! Stay Safe!