“I’m not doing THAT”

In all truthfulness, I was dreading Engineering class from the second I heard about it. A stubborn, scaredy cat ballerina with little to no upper body strength was NOT the ideal student for Ms. O’s engineering class and I knew it from day one. It wasn’t that I didn’t want to do any of the cool projects that I had heard about, I was just 100% sure I was going to accidentally kill or severely injure myself or one of my classmates (Probably Erin)

We started off the year by making spoons out of a small block of wood. I was all over drawing the design part but as soon as I heard I would have to use the band saw My mission of avoiding Ms. O so that I wouldn’t have to use it started. I succeeded for a total of two hour and a half class periods before one of my friends ever so helpfully pointed out that I still needed to cut out my spoon to Ms. O. I ended up using the band saw after about 15 minutes of “I don’t want to”, “this isn’t my thing” and “i’m not doing that”. It wasn’t as bad as I expected and I was pretty proud of my spoon when it was finished.

Little did I know the tiny band saw was the least of my problems. There was a huge selection of finger chopping, hair grabbing, potentially dangerous machines waiting for me with the commencement of the great MSEL playhouse making project. A few weeks into the project I realized that I could not get away with just making other people do things for me for the rest of the year. I started to use all of the scary looking tools and machines (with much complaining) and I learnt ways to use them so that you could keep all of your fingers. It was fun to brag to my ballet friends about what new machines I had used that day.

I’m still scared of using new things in Engineering but now I don’t worry about killing myself or others quite as much. I’m glad I have people in my class that have the patience to wait for me and encourage me to do new things. I learnt to not write things off because they are “not your thing” or seem scary because you might end up doing something cool with the skills you learnt (Like I don’t know, building a playhouse).

14 Responses

  1. esmith says:

    Great blog! I’ll be honest I was scared to use the bandsaw at first too, but tools are nice once you get to know them so it turned out well. Have a great summer!

  2. kwaterbury says:

    Very funny, good job overcoming your fears and learning to use all these new tools!

  3. mmcdaniel says:

    I am happy to hear that you overcame your fear of using the tools! I think we have all grown from this class.

  4. iswallow says:

    I really liked reading about how you’ve grown to overcome your fears, and that you accept the fact that you shouldn’t feel unable to do something.

  5. ameshcheryakov says:

    Very well and humorously written. I think anyone who steps into the classroom for the first time will feel at least a little intimidated by all the saws and various tools.

  6. nbarrolaza says:

    Glad to hear that you are more confident in using tools and controlling them. Makes me and my fingers feel safe! haha

  7. cameronch says:

    This is one of the better blogs that I have read. You are very honest in the fact that you had no idea what to do nor did you want to do it a the beginning of the year. Nice job Morgan!

  8. hnorman says:

    Nice job on getting over the hump in this class. I think everyone has had a better-than-expected year!

  9. sremedios says:

    I’m so glad you got to learn and experience so many new things in class this year

  10. Kmack Kmack says:

    you’re doing THAT. Congratulations Morgan, on making this kind of transformation. By the way, the part about your mission to avoid Ms. O was really funny.

  11. hunterbiel says:

    Very funny, I am glad you did not injure or kill anyone.

  12. juliana.swanson says:

    Although engineering was a bit scary at first, you have definitely come a long way.

  13. eschultz says:

    I’m glad this class pushed you out of your comfort zone as it did for me, I think we all have grown and become more brave during engineering.

  14. ercharlton says:

    Great blog Morgan! I’m proud that you overcame your fears with our project

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