As we progressed throughout the quarter, I knew that the Action Project was going to challenge me in ways that I’ve never been challenged in my academic career at UW that’s already spanned three years. For one, this was my first group project that essentially spanned over an entire quarter. As such, the number one takeaway I ended up having for this project was how important communication is not only for the success of a group project, but also as we start thinking about our professional careers after UW. I thought my group did a fantastic job with communicating. We were meeting weekly at Starbucks, and also had a group text where we’d share ideas and plan out our next steps as we progressed along with our project. As much as we were able to learn the importance of communicating with one another, we also learned that we can’t control the others around us. Our initial plan as a group was to interview FareStart as part of our topic of “World Hunger”. For those who don’t know, FareStart is a non-profit organization based in Seattle which employs homeless/poverty-stricken people in their restaurants to fight against hunger. One of our group members was able to establish contact with FareStart early, and they had told us they’d be more than willing to set an interview up. However when the time came to hold the interview, they decided to go ghost mode on us. We were eventually able to pull off a screening of another documentary last Thursday, but there was definitely that sense of disappointment that we weren’t able to pull off what we originally envisioned because of other factors not cooperating with us. I think this lesson we learned with this project can be applied to the professional world (especially being a POL S major), in that creating meaningful change in the world won’t be easy to come by… by any means. But what we did learn that’s important to control what we can control. Plus that even the smallest impacts made can at least bring awareness to others and ourselves on why looking to create positive change is so important.