Senior Capstone Reflection: Alex

Throughout the process of making this documentary, there have been many roadblocks to the final goal of a finished project. Many of them, related to the COVID-19 pandemic and the difficulties that arise from limited interaction with people outside of the Wartburg bubble.

The story we were able to find and share is well worth the struggles we faced, in my opinion. Ruby Sutton was an amazing woman who accomplished so much and should be known by more than just the Dubuque community. I have family from Dubuque and never learned about Ruby until we started this documentary process. It was an eye-opening experience for me to learn about the town that my dad grew up in and many other family members lived in for a long time.

Learning about the life she lived, and the struggles she endured to help the community around her is truly inspiring and I hope that our group is able to convey that with the respect that Ruby demands. I know our team is very proud of the work that we have created and we are very happy to show it with the world. This project has certainly taught me a lot about humanity and kindness in the world. It’s also helped me learn a lot about myself and the different styles of leadership and skills that I employ with others.

I hope that our group is an example for the future in how to create a documentary safely and accurately through so much adversity. I know that this whole process was challenging to the whole team, but we are all better off because of it now. I am very proud to say I have been a member of Ace Media for this spring semester and can’t wait to see what the future holds for each of these amazing individuals that were apart of this team as well.

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