Passion Project Reflection


Ava Angelini – ARS Cookbook 



For my passion project, I made an Ann Richards cookbook. An ARS cookbook consists of recipes from Ann Richards students. These recipes can range anywhere from healthy to a little bit on the sweeter side! During this project I worked on getting recipes from students, putting those recipes in the “cookbook” format, designing the cookbook, and putting the cookbook together.

While making the ARS cookbook, I ran into a few bumps in the road. Initially, when I was first getting recipes from students, it didn’t work out so well. I sent out a google survey for students to enter their recipes in and not many people did. I waited for a while longer and I still wasn’t getting the amount of recipes I wanted to. So, instead of relying on my google survey I went around and asked people if they had any recipes at home that they wanted to see in the cookbook. Sure enough, I eventually got the amount of recipes I needed. The lesson I learned from this was that not everything goes how you want it to the first time. You have to keep on trying over and over again until you get results you’re happy with.

This project ties to the mission statement by helping students lead a healthy and well-balanced lifestyle. By making this cookbook, there is a place for students to go look and get inspiration to start cooking more for themselves. And by doing that, students will be more aware about what goes into their food and start making better choices!

I met success at the end of my project. Being able to see the turnout of something that I worked hard on made me feel like my project was successful. I faced some difficulties throughout this project, but getting through those is what made it worth it. I will definitely benefit from what I learned today. In the future when I face another similar challenge I will know exactly how to tackle it and to never stop believing in myself. Other will benefit from my project as well, but not in the same way I do. For them, it will provide them new easy recipes to cook at home. But for me, it will not only do that but it will provide me with a sense of pride.

My next step for this project is to share it with the people around me. I want as many people as possible to get a chance to see and utilize my cookbook. I not only want that, but I want people to feel inspired by my project to start cooking more for themselves and start leading to a healthier lifestyle.



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