Week Six: Biting off more than I can chew? – Detroit Community-Engaged Research Program

Week Six: Biting off more than I can chew?

I honestly can’t believe that week six is over already and we’re moving into week seven. There is no way that I could have predicted that this summer would be flying by so fast. I have to say that this is honestly bittersweet. Sweet because I am constantly learning a new skill or connecting with new people and bitter because I don’t want that to end yet. These are the types of things that keep me motivated and engaged in the projects that I am apart of.

Motivation. During a time of social unrest and a world-wide pandemic it is hard to believe that I can use motivated and focused in the same sentence and describe a positive situation. It has honestly been difficult to maintain the level of excitement and awareness that I would have liked throughout the entirety of my time with DCERP. This is partly due to my two summer classes that began two weeks ago. It was not my intent to take two classes, but it was the most logical decision for my current situation. I want to give 100% to my final weeks with DCERP and Friends of Parkside, but I also want to give 100% and start off strong in my courses. These efforts do not include the attention I want to pay to my loved ones and my engagement with everything else going on in society. This is impossible for obvious reasons but I am still doing my best to achieve my goal.

I think it is interesting that the limitation that COVID-19 has caused may also be the reason for what will be one of my most productive summers ever. It is a lot to handle but I’ve gotten this far right? I know that the things that will come out of 2020 later will be worth all of the hard work now. Aside from most two most demanding responsibilities this summer, I have used a lot of my time for self-care which is something that I would have probably neglected to do a year or two ago. Experiences are temporary, but my mental, physical, and emotional well-being are things that will stay with me forever, so it is only right that I give them the most attention. There are three weeks left and I am going to put forth the effort to finish out the way that I started: eager and ready to accept any challenge.

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