So I’ve (well really we’ve) been at this all semester. I’ve written a lot of content, done research, thought about my project in new ways, done some reflection, and now it’s time to come in for a landing. I’m currently struggling with this: how do I wrap up my project in a way that feels satisfying, motivating, and NOT cliche? In my project, I’m dissecting the issue of homelessness, why people don’t help and how people often think negatively about those who hold homeless stereotypes. In exploring this topic, I’ve looked at social psychology, religion, and even broken down the different definitions of homelessness. How do I bring it all together? Do I bring up all of those different topics in my “conclusion?”
One thought is to have a call to action, which is also the way I set up my gateway project. In my gateway e-portfolio I wrote,
“Get involved in organizations or clubs on your college campus. Write. Discover what you truly care about. Volunteer. Get involved in you local community. Fundraise. Do not simply complain about America, politics, inequality. Take the first step. I’m right behind you.”
While most of this sounds very cliche, the main message that I think I may be able to use in my capstone project is “Take the first step. I’m right behind you.” For my capstone project, I want to ask people to take the first step in fighting the realities and stereotypes of homelessness, but I also want people to keep going. I want them to see that homelessness is not just an issue for the homeless, but for everyone AND it is connected to everything in our lives. How we choose to spend our money, whether we take public transportation or an Uber, whether we send our kids to private or public school, whether we volunteer in our free time or go to an amusement park, whether we choose to live in an urban area or the suburbs—it’s all connected; it all has an effect in how we think about homelessness, how much exposure we get to homelessness, and ultimately how we act towards homeless people.
My call to action may be to recognize this IN OUR OWN LIVES and then ask readers to make smaller changes in to benefit the homeless community/broader society. One reservation is that it is a lot to ask and that it also may be a big jump from talking about homelessness to then asking people to change their lives. I’d of course mention that this is something we’d be doing together. I am pledging to take this on and so should you. Does this sound unique? Does this sound compelling? Does it feel like I’m trying to put a bow on my project?