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My name is Parker Meadows and I am a senior at Etowah High School. I am a hard working student who is about to graduate with honors. I have been on the brink of not graduating with honors so one of my goals is to pull through the rest of the year with honors. My choice for senior project was to train for and run a half-marathon. I chose this because my mom ran a full marathon and it inspired me to try to do half of what she did.
My paper topic was about the advancements of technology in the career field of athletics. By completing this paper I learned a lot about technology and how it comes into play in modern day athletics. For example, some schools now have exercise bikes that are hooked up to a television screen so the people on the bikes can race each other virtually. These bikes are also used in gyms where people can try to race their instructor and at homes if people want to beat their high score. I also learned about mobile fitness apps and watches that can encourage you to get fit and help you track your progress. All these tools help people track thir progress and get fit in a more entertaining way.
My product was completing the half-marathon. This relates to my research paper because I used technological devices in both my race and my training to help me achieve my goal. For example, every runner had a chip on him or her to track their time and when they finished. Some obstacles I had to overcome include, creating a training schedule, find motivation to follow my schedule, and actually running the race. My training schedule was intense so following it was an obstacle on its own. I achieved success in my product and even beat my time goal.
My topic and research relate to the career of a fitness trainer. A fitness trainer helps people achieve their fitness goals. The topic relates to the career because a lot of fitness trainers are advancing their technology to help the customer achieve and track their goals. My postsecondary endeavors include starting my own fitness training business as a side job then going full time once I have enough customers. One thing that I learned about myself is that I can achieve my goals through hard work and determination.
I believe that the senior project is a good idea, but it could be orchestrated better. The senior project is worth thirty-five percent of a student’s final literature grade when it almost has nothing to do with literature. It is also a really good way to make sure students will not graduate due to its strict grading process. Communication could be better and the grading could be a bit more lenient, but overall the senior project is not a bad idea and can even be beneficial to some student. Thank you for your time.