When I was in second semester of 8th grade, our class got the graduation project to go over to high school. This project was one of the most important project in last middle school semester. This was the project that I have write over 10 pages long essay and open up the presentation in front of more than hundreds of students, teachers and parents. This is how project starts, I get to choose the topic that I was interested before and present for one hour, then during presentation, 8th grade teachers (English teacher, Social Studies teacher, etc.) will grade and the sum will be my actual result. I have seen seniors before, how they suffered from preparing their project by passing nights and weekends in school. I do remember a day that friends and I made fun of them, which I never knew before that my day was coming.
As all my age boys were interested with mechanics, maybe not, I chose the topic 'Robot' because during that year, I was falling in love with it. Robots were my top interest than any other things. I spent all the weekends and nights at school, just like my seniors did. Kindly, 7th graders did not forget making fun of us too. During one month, I handed more than 7 times of papers to be perfectly done. Using Internets and magazines as a reference and presentation were my first experience. Practicing presentation was really hard because I was so nervous that I kept forgetting the lines that I have to say. This huge project was just hard for me to handle, it caused me a great stress, and later on it made me cry when I was alone in the auditorium. , After I cried, I started to practice again on the stage. Suddenly, I realize that I was not the only one in the auditorium. There was principal sitting on the chair and looking at me. Holy Father, what the hell. I was so embarrassed that I just stand there and keep looking at her. She then came to the stage and said,
"I know how hard it is, I have seen your seniors, crying, yelling and kicking the wall. But they all did it. Don't have to be perfect Jay, just try your best so that you don't regret when you are done."
This one sentence has touched my mind to think this project different. I was thinking this project as just to get a highest score and have to be perfect than try to show why I love robots and what I want to show to the others. From that day on, I really tried my best to finish up the project till last minute. When the day came for the presentation, I thought about the sentence she said, then I walked on to the stage and began my presentation.
From that day on, I always keep in my mind and ask myself just as head teacher asked me when I walked down from the stage. "Do you regret now?"