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May 24

DP-CAS Complete Stamp 2015

May 13

CAS Form

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Apr 21

Final Reflection

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Feb 17

In all honesty, I am loving every minute of being part of the school play.

I have never done anything like it before; its exciting, nerve-wracking, and always fun to act my role as a vampire. Sure, I have the occasional blunders where I just burst out laughing in the more intimate scenes, but I feel like the play has really opened me up for something I’ve always wanted to try.

One of the greatest things I’ve learned from being part of the play is perhaps

Feb 17
Nov 17

Why not all three?

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I have to be honest, life has not been easy lately. I have been under some stress trying to juggle the three aspects of my life – my academics, my co-curricular and my personal life. Academics wise, I’ve been working on piles after piles of IA’s, unit tests, TOK essay, SAT subjects tests, college essays, while constantly learning new material in my classes. I have been playing basketball, going to the gym, and unfortunately not  doing much sailing. I feel like I’m going crazy every now and then, but then I’d remind self, all of this will be over soon.

But to be totally honest, I don’t know if I want this to be over. Despite my (loads of) complaints, I like being busy. It gives me a sense of purpose, and when I actually do do silly things, i feel good about them. Looking forward to another few months of joy and suffering!

Nov 05

First of all, I’d like to apologize for posting so late in the year – I’ve been extremely caught up with my Academics and Sports. However, I have a few exciting news to share.

I recently finished my final cross country race of my high school career. It’s been a great journey. I think I am going to miss the ridiculous interval trainings, gruelling races that last an eternity; but more importantly, I think I’m going to miss my teammates, and my running partner Will, who I laughed, cried and walked through races with.

About a month ago, I found out my ACT score from September – I got a 34 out of 36! At first, I was extremely happy with this result – it puts me at a fairly competitive level in terms of college admissions. However, after a few days, I began to see that theres much more work to do – my college application season has just began.

At the beginning of the year, I told myself, that this was going to be the greatest year for me yet. Not only will I give everything I’ve got to my academic pursuits, but at the same time I will continue to challenge who I am. I feel like I did exactly this by auditioning for the school play, Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

To understand what this means to me, let me first tell you about my past acting experience – I have none. I’ve never tried theatre or acting in my life. So when I received the school-wide email from Ms. Race about the play audition, I hesitated for a moment or two, and decided that I was going to do it. And I did. Fast forward a few weeks, I have just received my role assignment. I am going to be Stefan, a major vampire! I will continue to update my progress through the year.

May 12

From Thursday May 8 to Saturday May 10, I participated in the Middle School Summit 2 elective kayaking trip to the Gulf Islands. I used this as practice for my upcoming Gold kayaking trip in June. Despite some poor weather conditions, the trip was fantastic.

On the first day, we left Mulgrave at around 7:20. After two ferry rides (to Nanaimo and to Gabriola Island), we arrived at our starting location on a beach off of Gabriola at around noon. After packing our boats and getting ready, we headed out on our first leg of the journey.

As we paddled in the rain and choppy waves, we decided that it would be best to stay the night at Pirate Cove. We did that and had a very laid back evening.

On the morning of the second day, we hiked around the Island and took some down-time. After lunch, we then headed out for a 2-hour paddle around Ruxton island. That evening, the group played some scavenger hunt and enjoyed our final evening in ease.

Overall, it was a great trip.  IMG_2527


Apr 12

Update on MERT

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Take my word on this – being MERT has been one of the most rewarding experiences I have ever had. The ability to help people is challenging but utterly enjoyable. Unlike other commitments, my favourite thing about MERT is that it always involves doing things out of my comfort zone, and solving problems which I am not necessarily familiar with since every patient is different. Also, knowing that I am trusted with the well-being of members of the Mulgrave community, I can’t help but to feel proud.

After Spring Break, we have been assigned “little ones” – prospective MERTies for next year. It feels like just yesterday I was a shadow myself. I guess times really speeds by when you’re having fun.