The Paper Crane Hero

The Paper Crane Hero


hi my name is David Dominguez I am a
political science and public policy major with a minor in communications I
have a passion for education and so I want to one day be a superintendent so
that means after graduation I have to get my masters and doctoral degree I’m
in it for the long haul I’m very passionate about students and
student success but I’m also passionate about advocating for those that teach us
and so I feel that the educators in this world today don’t get enough credit for
what they do and so I want to be a leader for both my students and for my
educators so anyways when we’re talking about a time that I was a hero I was
working at the Tarrant County College and it was my community college at the
time it was I was working as an assistant to the director of Student
Activities and they would have meetings in the leadership development room which
I happened to maintain so it was pretty much my office and one day and they were
talking about Asian Pacific Islander month and they wanted to have a display
but we had no clue what you know we could do we’ve done so many displays
throughout the years and so it was just difficult to figure out or just pinpoint
something that was new and so after some brainstorming they had talked about
doing a thousand paper crane project and so to briefly touch up on that it’s a
book called Sudoku and the basis of the book is talking about how if you make a
thousand paper cranes you’re granted one wish and so we did this I was more so told or
voluntold to do it but I was the leader of the project and so I was told to
create my own task force I had to organize how everything was going to
happen from start to finish and so I mean I you and timed out my first paper
paper crane to get a guesstimate how long it would take and took me 23
minutes and so we’re talking about three paper cranes in one hour the logistics
just weren’t there but through trial and error and you know just having a great
team we managed to knock out over right around 500 paper cranes and so we ended
up having one week left to do it and know that this had taken place over a
full month we had one week to do it and we wanted to save some cranes so that
students can get involved with the project and so we we saved right around
200 300 different cranes that they could come learn how to make a paper crane but
also put their name on it and so the display how it was gonna run is we had
these long wires I wouldn’t go across this area that had like empty space but
there was railing along this empty space and it was on the second floor of the
building and so I was able to take wiring and connect them to different
areas and so how it worked was we would take fishing line and we would take the
line and run it through ten paper cranes and so we would have a crane here some
fishing line and another crane here and so on and so forth and so that kind of
gave it to where it was all spaced out it didn’t look like a bunch of
mumbo-jumbo and it just looked proper and so we threw it up there and it
looked great I mean we put up our first 200 and I mean we were already filling
up a lot of space so and to put a thousand paper cranes in this one little
area it was just it was great and it brought so much color to the school as
well and so as we were doing my project they started to put graphics out so that
whenever students were curious on what the story was they could go up they
could read wide a thousand diver grains or at their doorstep and so the other
unique thing about it was I had took place in April and so it was right
around the time finals so students would walk by and
they would see you know all these cranes and then they would hear the story and
you know some of them would be like well I’m making a wish that I passed my
finals and so it was amazing the to see one but what made that so special to me
what made it something that was worth while was the fact that when students
would go by and see their name on the crane that they made they don’t be like
pointing up and be like oh like that’s the crane I made and that just brought
so much joy to me I also loved the fact that whenever students would come up and
try to make a paper crane you know some of them were learning how to do it then
in there and then there were some that would come and they would show us
different ways of how to make the crane and some looking totally different but
nonetheless a paper crane and we would put it up there and like you know they’d
be like that’s something that I made and like you know some of the students would
follow suit with them and so it was great to see and so after a full month
of the project it came full circle it looked great
and so it just it touched my heart because even though the display was
taken down four or five months later the cranes could still be found throughout
the school because different faculty and staff would have those in their offices
and so it just left a big enough mark that you know they wanted to keep them
so let me talk about my goals going forward into this class three of the
things I really want to take up is being an effective communicator but also being
precise and very efficient with the things I talk about I tend to ramble and
get very passionate whenever I speak and so that ultimately ends up for me being
very inefficient whenever I speak because I ended up adding words I you
know having space is whenever I speak and it’s just it doesn’t flow properly
it doesn’t it doesn’t sound good and so those are the three things I would love
to to learn and take up so yep my name’s David Dominguez so nice meeting you all

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