Completion of Personal Project

This Friday I have completed my whole personal project including the write up and the project itself. The whole process for this project was long, difficult, stressful and interesting at the same time. I have gained numerous of knowledge and enhanced my skills in different areas through the process of finishing this project.

My project was focusing on the global context of “Fairness and Development”. My initial goal for personal project was to create a project which could make teenagers be aware of the poverty  in the Southern part of China by comparing a normal teenager’s life to the life of a child who live in poverty. I wanted to make teenagers value what they have right now by knowing that many children in different parts of the world are living a much harder life than them. Based on this goal, I created my product which is to create a total fourteen piece of drawings by using water pencil crayons to resemble a day of the Chinese children who live poverty  and a day of a normal teenager’s life. Through the planning and creation of this project, I was able to develop my self-management skills because this project is basically all up to me. I could choose to do it earlier or I could cramp everything at the last minute. I used to procrastinated a lot, however after been through the process of this project, I was able to figure out how to manage my time wisely so I could maintain my school marks and also finish the project. 

I have also developed my skills of corporation, reflection and organization. For this project, I had to call the charity organization and the teachers who work at schools in the poverty regions. This involves communicating with people and listen carefully to their points and perspectives about the children. Since I wasn’t confident enough before to talk to stranger especially on the phone, this experience helped me develop my skills of communicate to others and also the skills of being open minded and be able to adapt to unfamiliar people and situation more quickly. Furthermore, I have also improved my reflection skill.When I made mistakes during the process of finishing the product, I was able to figure out the mistakes and then reflect on how to improve it.  For instance, when I started using pencil crayons to colour my drawings, it took me nearly an hour to finish colouring a small portion for the drawing. I reflected on this problem and then I decided to use watercolour the broad area on the drawing and pencil crayons for the details. 

Other than developing  my skills, I have also gained  knowledge about the lives of these children who live in poverty everyday. Instead of knowing only the surface of this issue like I did before, now I know majority of their daily life which makes me value my lucky life even more and it also incentives me to help these children in my best way.

This is a sample of the final complete project (a nice house V.S. a dilapidated house):

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Debate Tournament to Princeton and Harvard University

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.

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Final Reflection 1

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 !!!!!!!

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Improvements for term 2

Since I already reviewed my report card, I organized  improvements I need to make for all my subjects.

English: I need to improve my writing skills, and word use. I have some grammar mistakes in my writing, so sometimes the teacher might not understand what I am trying to say. I also use too simple words in my writing, so I need to use some more complex vocabulary for my writing. So in order to make these improvements, I need to read more books, and remember at least 5 words each day. Ask the teacher when there is any confusion, and double check an essay, or a paragraph before hand it in.

Science:  I need to improve my understanding of the Science Process which means that I also need to understand scientific vocabulary. In order to do that I need to listen very carefully during class, and take notes. Ask the teacher if there is any questions. Remember at least 5 scientific vocabulary everyday, and always review what why learn during class. Also read/do textbook and workbook.

P.E.: I need to be more active during class time. During class time, since I don’t play any of the sports we are learning, so I am always worry about that I might make my team lose when we are playing a team game. So sometimes I just stand there, and afraid to touch or kick the ball. For term 2 I want to change that. I need to try my best during class, and don’t be afraid anymore. I also need to understand the process, in order to do good in the P.E. Assessment Test.

Performing Arts: It is the same as P.E. I need to be more active, and join the discussion during class. Since it is my first year taking Performing Arts, so I am worry about what I say might be wrong, so sometimes I don’t speak during class discussion, even when I have the answer. For term 2 I need to share my ideals, don’t just keep them for myself. Also for DWs, I need to double check my writing before hand it in.

Social: I need to improve the same as English, since in Social we have a lot of writing assignments. So I need to improve my writing skills, and word use. I would do the same as English except I also need to read more about what we are learning now to give myself a good understanding.

Visual Arts: I haven’t start Visual Arts yet, so I don’t really know what should I improve for this. But something I know I need to do is double check my DWs, and time management, since when I am doing DT, I didn’t do a good job at time management. Sometimes I am rushing to finish the works.

Math: For math, I think how to use the knowledge is not a huge problem for me. The main problem for me is sometimes I couldn’t understand the questions because of the vocabulary they use. So I need to know more mathematical vocabulary in order to make my score to level 7/8.

Electives: For my electives, something I really want to improve is joining the conversation, since I am still a new student, so I am always really shy. I don’t talk a lot during the electives, I am like a quite person, but I am actually not like that. So I really want to try to join the conversation in my electives for Term 2.

I hope I could achieve my goals at the end of the year by following all these plans above! Fighting!!!!