Over the course of Project Citizen, I have learned a great amount about the complicated process that is policy making. From writing letters to policy makers, to campaigning to the public, I was made aware of all the different steps that are part of getting a policy passed. I also learned a lot about the actual PARCC test itself, such as the nature of the format, which states do and don't participate, and what kind of reasoning goes behind the choices to opt in or out.
Before going into this project, I had no idea of the complexities of politics and simply thought our government was incapable of getting anything done. But now that I’ve seen a small part of the political process, I have a better understanding of the trials and tribulations that politicians must go through each and every day. This has given me healthy respect for the job they do.
On a more personal scale, this project has allowed me to work closely with my peers on a largely unknown topic. We had the opportunity to help each other, discover new things, and go through this long and arduous process, helping each other out whenever someone needed it. Getting to collaborate with 6 other group members has given me more experience problem solving and working out compromises among peers, even though for the most part all of our group members shared largely similar ideas.