This blog post is a reflection by Teen Committee member Anika Bagga on the Most Likely to Succeed movie screenings that Girls Innovate! hosted in August 2015 throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.
What were your impressions of the event?
I attended the screening at Redwood City and helped lead the screening in Fremont. I thought that it was amazing that we were able to capture the interest of many ages and groups: kids, parents, teachers, and even employers. People visiting the library even stopped by learn more and some even stayed to watch the movie. I found the discussion to the most enlightening and I’m glad so many people stayed back for it.
What were the most valuable speaker and/or attendee comments?
The most valuable thing that the speakers emphasized was to follow your dreams and passions. They said that it is important to find time to do activities that you enjoy doing along with school. A comment that an attendee mentioned was that standardized test scores don’t correlate with success and happiness in the future. It made me question the current system, because parents end up spending thousand of dollars to test preparation companies just to be able to play the “getting into college game”.
How did being a part of the series affect your perspective on learning, education, work, and/or life?
After watching the movie and hearing different people’s perspectives, I think that it’s very important that we take charge of our own education. The movie highlighted several gaps in our education, which in the bigger picture, affects our innovation and economy. It really opened my eyes to the fact that I have to find my own passions and take responsibility to fill those gaps in order to be more prepared for the workforce.
What do you think would be valuable for teens to know based on what you learned or experiences through this project?
Teens should know that even though colleges and schools will measure success/smartness through testing, its important to find after-school activities or clubs that allow for more creativity and a chance to build soft-skills.