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.
For this year one of my electives was Video Production. In this elective, which happens every Wednesday we make and edit short films. I also participated in this elective in Grade 7 as well as this year; over these two years it has taught me many skills and techniques such as how to use certain equipment and interesting camera positions. Overall, Video Production has been a fun and skill-building experience for me throughout this year.
Major: Video Production
Minor: Game Development
Major: CANSAIL 6
Minor: MAP Program
Major: Student Ambassadors
Minor: Volunteering at Welcome Back BBQ
Early this year, I decided to learn how to program using C++. I did this buy downloading a book from the web named “Teach Yourself C++”. The book is a 24 hour course with one lesson for each hour. It teaches many of the building blocks for C++ along with some of the more advanced concepts.
At the beginning of the year, I planned to take part in Maker’s Studio. Although, due to confusion and scheduling issues, I was unable to take part in the first term. However, I’m planning to sign up for this co-curricular in the coming term.