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.
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.
Major: Video Production
Minor: Game Development
Major: CANSAIL 6
Minor: MAP Program
Major: Student Ambassadors
Minor: Volunteering at Welcome Back BBQ
Recently, I volunteered at the Welcome Back Barbecue. I helped with a few things including the hamster ball and food areas. During my free time between my volunteering shifts, I was able to have fun with my friends and enjoy the many facilities that were put up. Overall I had a very fun time at the Welcome Back Barbecue and wish I were able to volunteer again in the Senior School.
For the past few years, I have gone to North Shore Ski & Board to purchase a large amounts of hats, gloves and jackets that were on clearance. I then would donate all these items to one of the many charity events that happen at our school. I have done this since Grade 6.
Since the beginning of the year, I have been involved in the Mulgrave Public Square (MPS). This is a group of students from all Upper School grades. We have meetings every Thursday at lunch. Lately, however, due to the Outdoor Ed. activities on Cypress Mountain, the group has not held a meeting in quite a while. The last thing we discussed in our previous meeting was groupings in PE by skill level. The goal of MPS is to get the students input on what should change in school.
I take sailing courses every summer at the Eagle Harbour Yacht Club or EHYC. I began with this program the summer I turned 9. I like these courses because I am a competent sailor and thoroughly enjoy sailing on dinghies. This year I plan on doing something a little different however, I will be volunteering at the EHYC in addition to taking a course. Being a volunteer means helping the instructors with things such as boat maintenance, attendance check and special event planning. Doing this will help me fullfil my CAS service commitments.