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.
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.
Since I was around 7 years old I have taken sailing lessons each summer. These have ranged from wet feet programs for learning the ropes to advanced racing training such as the CANSAIL 5 program I took last summer. I have learnt many valuable skills and become proficient as a sailor throughout these years. This coming summer, I will be completing the final and most advanced course that is offered by the CANSAIL system. This will be a great achievement for me as I have been building up to this point for many years.
Major: Video Production
Minor: Game Development
Major: CANSAIL 6
Minor: MAP Program
Major: Student Ambassadors
Minor: Volunteering at Welcome Back BBQ
This year, I participated in a golf developmental program at the Seymour Golf and Country Club. This was the second time I participated in this program. This year, I was in the fourth level of the program. The program lasted for five Fridays. I plan on participating in this course sometime next year.
Last summer, I took a two week sailing course at the Eagle Harbour Yacht Club (EHYC). This was the fifth summer in which I took a sailing course. Over the first three years, I completed White Sail 1, 2 and 3. These past two years, I have completed Bronze 4 and 5. Through these courses, I have become a competent sailor and I have learned to enjoy sailing very much. This coming summer, I plan to complete my Silver 6 course, which revolves mainly around racing and improving previously learned skills. This will be a extraordinary achievement for me as it is the second to last level of the EHYC program.