The past few weeks I have spent working on my Extended Essay, which was based on a study I conducted in Ladakh. Revisiting the experiences I had on the trip, I have had plenty of time to reflect on the Capstone components relevant to it. As was discussed in the previous reflection, the action and service portions of the Capstone project were completed on the Ladakh trip through the screening clinic and hiking components. As for the creativity, my proposal states that I would take photos in Ladakh and doctor them using Photoshop or equivalent software. As the school year has been very busy thus far, I have not yet been able to complete this portion of my Capstone project. I have obtained numerous photos taken in Ladakh, but just have not found the time to edit them digitally. The photos I will be editing consist of photos taken by myself, my father and friends who also went on the trip.
During our trip to Ladakh I completed both the action and service components of my Capstone project. Recalling my original Capstone proposal, these components correspond to the screening clinic and hiking portions of the Ladakh trip.
The screening clinic part of the trip was oriented around the education of the local peoples about dental and optometric care and identifying severe issues in patients regarding the fields of dentistry and optometry. Optometric health is of particular concern in high altitude areas such as Ladakh (Which rests at approximately 3600 metres above sea level) because the strength of solar radiation is significantly increased, meaning that prolonged exposure to the sun in these areas makes the local peoples prone to cataracts and other forms of eyesight detriment. Dentists are also in high demand because the introduction of a modern, high-sugar diet to the local peoples was not met with an increase in oral hygiene, making the inhabitants of the area prone to tooth decay. My involvement in the screening clinic was to both educate those who showed up to the clinic about dental health and apply fluoride treatment to the teeth of young children.
The hiking portion of the trip, which as I said corresponded with the action requirements for my Capstone project, involved an eight day trek through multiple passes and valleys in the Himalayan mountain range. I found the trek to be significantly more challenging that the hiking I had previously done in British Columbia, largely due to the hypoxic environment present at such high altitudes. The trek ranged from altitudes of 3600 metres to 5500 metres, and was planned to include passing over two passes. However the day before the second pass, due to illness and moral fatigue among the group, we decided to not attempt the second pass and to instead detour out through a neighbouring valley.
Overall, my experiences in Ladakh were extremely memorable. Although if I were given the opportunity to go again I don’t believe I would, I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to experience the wonderful scenery and community in this near-forgotten corner of the world.
Yesterday, my friends and I returned from Manning Park where we went winter camping. We left for the park Sunday morning, taking a bus past Hope and making a short hike to our first camp site. There, we set up our tents, went for a walk past a lake and set up our kitchen spaces. Although there was a pre-existing cabin in which we could cook our meals, we instead created tables, seats and walls on the side of snow banks to cook in. This was a new and fun experience, despite the bitter cold that arrived later in the day.
In the morning, we ate breakfast, packed up our gear and hiked a couple of hours to Manning Park Resort. This was virtually the end of the camp as we got to spend the rest of our time there sleeping in heated cabins with fully stocked kitchens. That night we went outside and played on the hills and hockey rink until it was time to sleep.
The following morning we got up and quickly packed all our things before a quick session of skate skiing, loading up the bus and departing for Mulgrave.
Overall, winter camp was a fun and new experience, however I can’t help but be happy to be back home and out of the cold!
For my Personal Project, I’ve chosen to build a desktop computer for my personal use at home. Before deciding on this, I had already begun planning the build which gave me plenty of background knowledge for when I decided it would be my Personal Project. Because of the fact that I had already done most of my research prior to beginning the project, I was able to build my computer in the summer which gave me a great head start for the year. Of course this also made the research portion of the project quite easy. Now, I’m starting the final component of the assignment, the write up. This is a paper meant to summarize the knowledge gained from completing my project, how it applies to the global context selected for it and how successful the project was. All in all I feel that I’m on track to completing my Personal Project on time and with a good effort put in.
|MY-CAS Activity||1. Major
C or A or S
|Film 10||Major||Creativity||School||Ms. Anson|
|ACE 10||Minor||Creativity||Global-Local||Ms. Ferreira|
|Volunteering at WVYC||Major||Service||Global-Local||N/A|
Creativity: Get at least a five out of eight on my upcoming assignment in Film Studies 10.
Academic: Get at least a six out of seven in Math this year. I did quite poorly in Grade 9 Math and have since taken steps to improve this. These include getting a tutor, discussing with my teacher and moving down from honours to standard.
Service: Volunteer at the West Vancouver Yacht Club this summer.
Personal: Pass my CANSAIL 6 this coming summer and compete in one sailing regatta.
At the beginning of each school year, Mulgrave hosts a barbecue to welcome back returning students and to help new students meet people and merge into the Mulgrave community. I had the pleasure of being able to get involved with the most recent one and helped make sure everything was running smoothly as the barbecue took place. Much like Student Ambassadors this was a great opportunity to catch a glimpse of the behind the scenes of Mulgrave.
Student Ambassadors is a group of students in the Middle School who work along side groups such as MSAC to organize events for the school such as the end of year parties, movie nights and school socials. I have been involved in Student Ambassadors ever since I entered the Middle School and have had a great time getting involved in the behind the scenes preparation that goes into Mulgrave events.
Over the past three years I have been involved in the Mountain Adventure Program on Whistler mountain. MAP has helped me develop and refine my abilities as a skier and given me the opportunity to ski with friends on a weekly basis. I have skied for over 10 years and am still able to find fun new things to do on the mountain both because of the MAP program and our guide Paul.