From the past 2 years of IB Diploma, I have encountered many problems and challenges. One of the most complicated problems for me is time management. At first I was overwhelmed by the heavy schoolwork at the start of grade 11 years, and it took me 2 months to figure out the most efficient way of studying for myself and how to balance the time between study and all the other activities. I believe I could carry the study habit I have developed during these two years to the university and I will be able to both study and attend all other activities with proper time management.
However, I realized due to the heavy study in IB Diploma, I have reduced many exercise and sport time to my study. This year I didn’t have time to participate in the x-country team and I went to the gym and exercised once a week if there were no big assignment or exams. However, I still believed that my exercise time was limited for this year. I will definitely resume my sports activity as soon as all the exams are over.
Continuing with the West Vancouver Youth Advisory Committee, we helped with an project called “Give me five.” “Give me five” is an activity to give youth an opportunity to present their thought about local politics on the stage. It was interesting to communicate with younger people and listened to their thought of local politics. We both learned a lot from each other. Apart from “Give me five,” we also helped to hold the West Vancouver Council candidates discussion in the library. It was an valuable experience for me to really get involve in the local politics and listened to all the candidates’ idea of how to make the West Vancouver community a better place.
In conclusion, I really enjoyed the two years of studying apart from all the late night cramping and the upcoming due dates. So in order to prevent those horrible things happen again in the future, I will make better time management between study and activities and keep my body fit and healthy through exercise.
Due to the heavy schoolwork, I wasn’t an active member in jazz band and concert band. I tried to attend every rehearsal and performance in school, but sometimes I just couldn’t wake up in some mornings to go to the concert band practices. Thus, I tried to use every minutes I had at home to practice bass instead of relaxing in order to be able to perform with the band together. Our performance during the Christmas concert was acceptable, and I believe our band will sound better if I got more time to practice and attend more rehearsal. After the winter vacation my spare time had reduced significantly due to the upcoming IB exams and all the written assignment hand-in due date. I had to temporarily stopped my activities in music and focus on my study. My passion toward music still exists in my heart, but I have to put aside some of my favorite activities and focus on my study. Music has already became part of my life and I will continue my interest as soon as all the exams are over. I really look forward to the university life that I will be able to have more spare time to spend on my own interests.
This year my friend David started an service group called Envision Vancouver, and I was able to help him to organize some activities. I was responsible for preparing for a jam sale to raise money for arranging an Christmas meal for homeless people in the local area. I calculated the budget needed to arrange for the Christmas meal and then found out the exact number jars of jam to sell and the price for the jam. I was also one of the jam makers: we spent a whole day at home to turn all the fruits in the boxes to each jar of jam. The jam-making requires many patience the care. As we got proficient on the process, our speed of making jam increased. Though I was not able to participate in the selling and Christmas meal part of the activity, I believe that my efforts for making jams has paid off when I saw all the smiling faces of the homeless people when they received the meal.
The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world’s problems. — Mohandas Gandhi
Not everyone can be Gandhi, but each of us has the power to make sure our own lives count – and it’s those millions of lives that will ultimately build a better world. – Jeffrey Skoll
Welcome to the Mulgrave’s Personal Learning Network (PLN) and the Mulgrave eFolio. All Upper School students from Grades 7-12 are required to develop a a digital eFolio (short for ePortfolio or Electronic Portfolio) blog, an experiential and holistic programme which develops ‘the whole’ student by encouraging engagement in ‘the whole’ world of education within and beyond the classroom. It puts into practice our commitment to nurturing diverse, well-rounded, self-reflective, and compassionate global citizens of the 21st century who exemplify the qualities of the IB Learner Profile and seek to make our world a better place.
The eFolio also serves as the home of the G7-12 CAS eFolio and acts a flexible and accessible avenue for showcase learning, self-growth and personal best through new digital mediums. The development, scope and expectations are facilitated within divisional Advisory Programmes.
For information on how to develop up your G7-10 MY-CAS and G11-12 DP-CAS eFolios or your blog in general, please consult the guides and resources listed below:
- G7-10 eFolio Guide
- G11-12 DP eFolio Guide
- CAS eFolio Resources & Support
For more information and support, speak to your Advisor and the Head of Student Life. If you are looking for student life opportunities to get engaged, please check out social good postings via TMC>>TheMulgraveCitizen, PSoGo (for listings of eFolio opportunities) and tweets @MulgraveCitizen. Visit the Edublogs User Guide for help developing your new blog.
That’s enough to get you going. The eFolio should be a fun, enriching and rewarding way to explore, find or create your place in the world. Go play!
Head of Student Life | Global Education & Outreach (GEO)