Round two of the Eminent Project has began, and this year, we started it off with a field trip Downtown to explore the Vancouver Central Public Library and McLeod’s Bookstore. I hoped to get something different out of the trip this year, and focused on finding useful information and sources, opposed to just getting to know my classmates like last year.
From this trip, I learned that it works in your favour if your eminent person is well known since there is more information in the libraries. It is also a good idea to have your person set in stone by the time the research field trip takes place since it’s a good opportunity to be efficient and use the time provided to collect as much information on your person as possible.
In my opinion, the theme of the trip was to learn to gather as many sources as possible. I realized that online sources have general summaries of a person’s life, while books usually go into further detail with similar information . Although I ended up changing my Eminent Person a couple weeks after the research trip, I feel that the experience allowed me to get to know Jane Goodall as a good backup possibility.
Researching and learning about my original eminent person allowed me to realize what I really wanted to get out of the project, and how much I value having a personal connection with my person. The person I chose in the end was someone similar to Jane Goodall; however, she not only impacted the wildlife world, but affected me on a personal level as well.
Similarly to last year, the trip truly started on the bus ride. We had the chance to chat with our classmates, and to mix and mingle with one another. I believe that everyone considered this time valuable for strengthening the relationships we made in class. The two separate groups we were in for the bus rides were the same groups that we stayed in for exploring the library and bookstore.
After the bus ride, all the TALONS students and teachers gathered together to discuss the urban solo spot. We had a choice to find a location anywhere along one of the four streets that bordered the library. I found a spot along the farthest street, overlooking a busy road. We stayed there for around 10-15 minutes, comparing this experience with our solo spots in the wilderness during the retreat.
Afterwards, we split back off into our groups, and were assigned to the two locations. The group I was in started with exploring the library. I had a clear idea of what I was aiming to find, so I had an effective hour or so for finding books, reading articles, and recording information. There were seven floors, and each level had an entirely new section to discover.
Around two hours later, we all gathered for lunch. We were given the option to either go to a small but tasty pizza place or to a customizable sushi restaurant. I got a delicious slice of white sauce pizza to satisfy my appetite for the rest of the trip.
Afterwards, we went to McLeod’s Bookstore and spent time browsing through the modern and antique books. The store was small but incredible. It had stacks of both old and new-looking books, from multiple different genres. I looked through some classics such as Frankenstein and Dr.Jeckyl & Mr.Hyde; however, I did not end up buying anything. I also found several books by an author that I recall Mr. Jackson mentioning last year.
After the bookstore, we met back by the busses and returned to the school. During this time, we had the opportunity to reflect on what we had found, and what we were going to do with the new knowledge we had gained. In my case, all the information I collected did not end up being used; however, overall the trip was an awesome experience. I can’t wait to start planning my speech for my eminent person.