This year I started to participate in Model UN and I really enjoyed it because I was able to practice my public speaking skills in front a large group of people. I have attended three conferences already, although I didn’t receive any award yet, I still learned and improved throughout the process. For instance, I was learning more about the international events and relationship now and I became more aware of the world issues compared to before. I started as a student who knows nothing about Model UN to someone who is able to recall some of the document that the UN has created or encouraged to remain world peace. When I first started doing Model UN, I was very shy and I barely speak throughout the whole conferences, however as I gained more experiences, I started to speak more and more. Now I was able to raise my placard to let my voice be heard rather than nervously waiting for the chair to pick someone. I am looking forward joining Model UN next year and I am hoping to bring back some awards.
Starting from the beginning of the year, I have participated in a leadership development program called “Academy of Tomorrow”. We had three modules (one week per module): one in January, one in March and one in May. Throughout these modules, I was able to develop my personal skills and enhance my understanding of leadership. One of the crucial thing that I learned from Academy of Tomorrow is that everyone could be a leader, it just depends on the type of leader that he or she wants to be. Before, I always think that leaders are the ones who have the authority and the ability to order people around, but I realized I was not completely correct. A leader could also be someone who is able to listen to others’ opinions very well, a leader could also be someone who is able to organize the notes very well, a leader could even be someone who is able to support others. Thus, I started to gain confidence in becoming a leader of some sorts because now I know everyone could become a leader. I also learned other valuable skills such as mindfulness; how to concentrate at the current instead of the past and the future. This really helps me develop my studying habitat because I always worry too much about the mistakes I made previously and the mistakes that I might make in the future. Mindfulness taught me how to bring my mind “back on to the track”. In general, I think that Academy of Tomorrow helped to enhance my leadership skills and at the same time helped me understand my personal strengthens and values.
This weekend I went to the Whistler Music Festival with the Senior School Jazz Band and Jazz Choir. I participated in this festival with the Senior School Jazz Band. As the only flutist in the band, I was challenged to develop and improve my skills quicker than other instrument players and this music festival symbolizes everyone’s hard work during the year.
When I first joined the Jazz Band, I was quite scared and nervous. Not only because I am the only flute player, but also because the other bandmates were very good at playing. Everyone in the band was able to pick up a piece and then immediately sight read it, which is something I wasn’t able to do well. Due to this “pressured” environment, I was able to improve at leas twice as fast as I would in Middle School Bands. Now I am able to sight a flute piece and also any instrument’s pieces that is given to me and then play the piece by using the flute. For example, there was always a shortage on flute music sheets, thus Mr.Van de Reep always gave me a trombone, trumpet or a guitar part where I need to convert it into the right key in my head and at the same time playing it on the flute. I was able to implement this skill when I was practicing with the Mass Band during the Music Festival. While others might spend sometimes reading the music sheets, I was able to play ninety percent of it correctly the first try. The development of the sight reading skill fulfill my goal at the very beginning.
Other than technical skills, I am also getting use to the chill and relax atmosphere during the practices. Since I was shy and nervous at the beginning, now I am more comfortable of talking to others during band practices and laugh at the silly jokes that are made by others. This helped me establish my goal of becoming more familiar with everyone around me and just treat things easily rather than in an extremely stressful and serious way. I was able to use this skill when I was negotiating with other performers during the festivals and I had made a lot of new friends due to this valuable skills I enhanced throughout the year.
I really enjoyed the Whistler Music Festival trip because I was able to demonstrate my improvement of this year.
I started to attend a debate class outside of school since Grade 9. My initial purpose was to raise my confidence of speaking in front of a group of people and develop my skills to communicate with others.
In November 2015, I participated in a Public Forum debate tournament at Princeton University. It was my second time participating in a tournament like this. I went through a three day extra training camp where I had to prepare for the tournament from the 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. I thought of giving up at the mid way through the training because the day seemed so long, however I was able to go through these challenges by adjusting my mentality from a negative mood to a positive one. Then I participated in the tournament, it was massive, hundreds of teams have attend this tournament either from U.S. local school or International schools from China, Korea, and such. Even though, I did not bring back any awards, I still feel happy that I went to this tournament because it helped me to practice and improve my debating skills, and I was able to make some new friends outside of Canada.
This Month, I went to another debate tournament at Harvard University. My initial goal is to win at least three rounds out of six rounds. Thus, I prepared very hard for this tournament and attended a similar debate camp during the February long weekend. Luckily, my partner and I were able to broke into the triple final and ranked 48th out of 396 teams. We still have a lot of spaces to improve, but I felt that I have achieved the goal that I had set before. Through these tournaments, I was able to enhance my debating skills which also affects my communication skills. In Middle School, I was always shy to talk to people who I am not familiar with and I barely talk during class. Now I am more comfortable of talking to people whom I don’t know either at school or outside of school. These debate experiences have helped me not only enhance my critical thinking skills, but also how to corporation with others effectively, especially those who have the exact opposite perspectives.
Jazz Band — Every Wednesday 3:45~5:00 p.m. & Every Friday 1:30~2:30 p.m. (Major)
Academy of Tomorrow — One week in separate month (Januray, March, May 2016) (Major)
Model UN — Every Wednesday 1:15~2:05 (Major)
Debate Class — Every Saturday 1:00 ~ 3:00 p.m. (Minor)
Personal Project — June 2015 to March 2016 (Minor)
Duke of Edinburgh Award — Every Monday 1:25 ~2:05 p.m. (Major)
Badminton Club — Every Friday 3:30 to 5 (Major)
Basketball B Team — Every Monday 7:00~8:00 & Friday 2:30~3:30 (From November 2015 to Feburary 2016) (Minor)
Art Assistant — Every Thursday 1:25 ~ 2:05 p.m. (Minor)
West Vancouver Community Center — Special Events (Remembranc Day, Christmas, and such). (Major)
West Vancouver Memorial Library — Book Buddies (Major)
West Vancouver Community
- Pumpkin Fest
- October 1st Orientation 6:00-7:00pm (Minor)
- October 4th Child minding 6:30-9:30pm (Minor)
- October 5th Set up & Family Zone 8:00-11:30am (Minor)
- December 5th Craft Table 4:30-6:00pm (Minor)
- December 6th Pancake 8:30-1:30pm (Minor)
- November 11th Remembrance Day 10:00-1:00pm (Minor)
- We Are Rafikis (sold 15) (Minor)
- Costa Rica Trip (Major)
- Student Ambassador (Major)
- House boards decoration (Minor)
- Every Monday Mandarin Buddies 3:35-4:15pm (Major)
- September 21st Welcome back BBQ 1:00-3:15pm (Minor)
- Every Saturday Swimming 4:00-5:30pm (Major)
- Twice a week Basketball 4:00-5:30pm and 7:00-8:00am (Major)
- Every Saturday Snowboarding 12:00-2:00pm (Minor)
- Horse bike riding (still deciding) (Major)
- Golf (Minor)
- Duke Edinburgh (Bronze) (Major)
- Every Tuesday and Friday Piano 8:00-8:45pm (Major)
- Every Wednesday Theory Class 5:00-5:45pm (Major)
- Every Sunday Art lesson 1:00-3:00pm (Major)
- Every Tuesday and Thursday Concert Band 8:00-9:15am, and 1:30-2:05pm (Major)
- Every other Thursday Art Council 1:15-1:35pm (Major)
- Every Tuesday and Friday Jazz Choir 3:30-5:00pm, and 7:45-8:30pm (Major)
- Every Wednesday and Friday Concert Choir 1:30-2:05pm, and 1:30-2:30pm (Major)
- Every Tuesday ARTattack (my own club) 1:15-2:05pm (Major)
- Every Thursday Art of Today elective 2:05-3:35pm (Major)
- Every Wednesday Music Combo elective 2:05-3:35pm (Major)
Student Ambassordor （Major)
West Vancouver Community Center (Major)
Mandarin Buddies (Major)
Sepcial Events at WVCC (Minor)
Welcome Back BBQ (Minor)
Open House (Minor)
GEO Costa Rica Trip (Minor)
Art Lesson (Major)
Piano Lesson (Major)
Art of Today (Elective, Major)
Music Combo (Elective, Major)
Vocal Jazz (Major)
Concert Choir (Major)
Concert Band (Major)
Art Counsil (Minor)
House board decorations (Minor)
Badminton team (Major)
K-pop Dancing Club (Minor)
Did you meet your CAS goals? What are you most proud of? What would you change if you did it again? What CAS ideas do you have for the summer or next year?
I met most of my CAS goals this year. My first goal (Academic) is to get a 5/6 in every subjects, I don’t know about term 2, but for term 1, I achieve 70 percent of it , and there are still two or three subjects that are 4s, so I work on those subjects these terms. And I think everything went pretty well, so I am excited to see my report card because I think I could get a better mark in those subjects for term 2. For my CAS goal, I am feeling really good with it because I got a lot of activities for each category, but something I still need improve is to have some more action and service. I have 6 Creativity, 4 Action, and 4 Service. So for next year I want to keep the creativity, maybe add some to it , and do more action and service. Otherwise I think I did a pretty good job for my CAS, and I had achieve 95 percent of my CAS goals. For my socializing goal, I said to make a lot of friends at Mulgrave, and fortunately I achieve this goal 100 percent! I made a lot of friends, and at first I only talk to Chinese, or Korean friends, but then I start to talk to other students too. I start to join in the conversation they have during electives. And I have made tons of close friends too. My last goal is to get better at piano and flute. I changed a piano teacher at the beginning of the year, and he is a fabulous and professional pianist. He taught me a lot of new techniques on how to play piano, and both my parents and he said that I had improved a lot on piano. I play much better now, so I think I achieve my goal for get better at piano!! For flute, I also feel that I improved a lot because I can play the flute much clear now, before I didn’t have enough air to blow the flute , so I was always out of breath. Now I still have the air problem, but that much because I know how to control the air from getting away more, and I could blow the note longer, and longer. Something I also improved on flute is sight reading. Before I need a finger sheet to figure out which note is which on the music, but now I don’t really need it because I could recognize the note on the music sheet immediately, and play it. So I am very happy about both my improvements on piano and flute!!!
I am most proud of becoming more sociable, and self- aware for this year. However, if I have a chance to do everything again, I am going to work on my time management for homework. So I could get more time for my CAS, some outdoor activities, hobbies, and rest. In the summer I am going to practice guitar so I am ready for the performing art circle at the beginning of the year. I am also going to work on my English which is to read more books, and I am going to take English tutor in China. Other than English tutor, I am also going to take art tutor, and I am also going to work on some art works which I will use for multiple art competitions. I might also take dance lesson at the same time, since I don’t want to forget how to dance after the long break. I would also work on singing during the summer. There are a lot of things waiting for me to do in summer , and I am ready for it !!!!!!!
Last week, our Middle School Concert, Jazz Choir, and Band went to Whistler Music Festival. We stayed their for 4 days and 3 nights, it was a really fun experiment. Jazz Choir and Band performed on Friday; Concert Choir and Band performed on Saturday. I was quite busy on Saturday because I am in both Choir and Band. So I need to performed in the morning for Concert Band, and afternoon for Choir. After we performed we got to work with adjudicators who give us suggestions on how to improve. We also got to watch other school’s great performances. For Jazz Choir and Concert Choir we got Gold, and Jazz Band and Concert Band we got silver. It was a great trip wince I had a lot of fun with my friends, and at the same time I also learned more techniques on how to sing and play flute. Hope there are Music Trips again next year!
Art Room helper
Chinese Lunar Lunch