I would like my final update to be about the project and the novel’s effect on me. This project allowed me the freedom to pick a topic that I would truly enjoy researching, but it also forced me to reflect on my reading. Having the responsibility of this blog on my shoulders as I read made me read deeper into the book. Also, I was able to compare myself to Lincoln through my reflecting which gave me more connections to the book.
The project was accompanied by a presentation to the class. This task was nerve-racking at first, but then I saw it as a challenge. By this point in high school, everyone who appreciates history has chosen to continue it, and the people who don’t enjoy history have stopped taking it. I didn’t want to present the year 1862 month by month like an APUSH power point. So instead, in an effort to not be boring, I focused my presentation on Lincolns leadership traits. I tried to pack my presentation with engaging stories and interesting fact, I even asked them to take a leadership quiz. The quiz classified you as a type of leader; the most common results were an idealist, stewards, and pragmatist. The experience gave me, and hopefully my classmates, a chance to learn our leadership skills and picture our leadership style if we were president throughout the year 1862.
This novel gave me great insight into what being a president of the United States is like. Lincoln had so much to balance, so much to consider, and so much to carry. I am now thinking about going to college and about all the pressure I have on me for my upcoming year. I want to make my parent’s sacrifices worthwhile, be a skilled collegiate athlete, be a successful student, and make myself proud. Of course, I am scared of failure. But failure is part of life; I will fail, and I will have to move on. Just as Abraham Lincoln did, I will make the best decision I can at the time and move forward. I will never forget Lincolns statement: “I am a slow walker, but I never walk back.” This quote reminds me to keep moving forward while doing the best I can every day. I am so glad to have read this book; I will defiantly take these lessons to college.