Heritage Fair can be an exciting but stressful time for parents and students alike. The finalizing of topics, the hours of research, the collection of materials, among the countless other tasks, can put pressure on everyone. No matter what age one reaches, deadlines are a scary occurrence. Now, I’m sure everyone has had that famous “Get it done, do not leave it to the last minute” speech, but as time has proven, it is one of the most valuable pieces of advice. It applies not just to Heritage Fair, but to every aspect of life.For the moment, let’s not worry about every aspect of life.

Back to Heritage Fair; that exciting time of year that seems to pass so fleetingly. There is always so much going on, and it seems as if there is never enough time to get it done. Speaking from personal experience, timetables are a presenter’s best friend. The one thing to remember is to be reasonable in your expectations of yourself. While we would all like to think that we can do an entire project in a matter of days, the truth is that it will not turn out as well as if you had taken your time. You are the one putting your time, energy, and resources into creating a project, and you owe it to yourself to create the best project you can.

When creating a timetable, allow for moderate fluctuation, but also be rigid in your goals. Write down important events: what your topic is, when your drafts should be done, when to assemble the board, when to finish the model. After, look at how much time you have until your presentation is due, and then allot time accordingly. For example, your model is going to require more time to create than it will to write your name on the board. It may seem like a huge hassle in the beginning, but at the end you will realize how helpful it was.

Lastly, remember to have fun. Fun is the whole reason you became involved in Heritage Fairs. Work hard, learn, and have fun! See you at the Fair!

Author: Shayne O