It is finally over! That is the only thing our group has to say. We know its cliché, but it is actually a relief. Our group is full of different characters, personalities and work habits. Even though we are all Latinos and Hispanics, we had our differences. Our cultures are different because we had Ecuadorians, Mexicans, Salvadorians, Nicaraguans, and Guatemalans. Accents, mannerisms and characteristics made our completion of this website difficult, but enjoyable. Our group composed of two females, Elizabeth and Alison, and three males, Raul, Alan, and myself, Bryan. Because we were all in different grade levels, it contributed to our difficulty in communication. Elizabeth is an incoming junior, Raul, Alison, and Alan are incoming sophomores, and I am an incoming senior. This year was difficult for all of us because more than half of our group has not had any website design experience. For three of our members it was their first time doing intense research and writing, managing Dreamweaver and other software like Photoshop. As males and females we had trouble talking because it is like we are different people. We all talk differently. That was the whole beauty of this experience, the fact that we had to work through our struggles and failures. Our personalities were always crashing because we all had our personal problem. We had mood swings, emotional breakdowns and constant insecurity. The insecurity came from most of the group’s inexperience. Some of us have never been under so much pressure in work and others have never been so long away from home. Our Upward Bound Math and Science program requires us to stay at the University of Southern California’s campus dorms for five weeks.
We believe that this summer we all learned from each other and because of that we all grew up. We became a family, a dysfunctional one, but we did it. We all missed our families at home, but used each other for support. Our family was composed of class clowns, hard workers, attitudes, and future leaders. Our biggest problems during this summer was the fact that we had two weeks to complete our website and that most of our group was not comfortable with the environment they faced for five weeks. The way our program was conducted this year was by spending three weeks teaching the new students how to use software programs, like Photoshop, Dreamweaver, and CSS, to construct our webReferences. But we pulled through and worked harder than we ever have and completed this website.