Final English Written Assignment

For the final English written assignment I had to complete in my IB career, I wrote about Gustave Flaubert’s Madame Bovary. This paper wasn’t too difficult to write since I had a great deal preparation in the previous year, making the process much easier. The following is the brief excerpt from the introduction of the paper:

In many literary works, secondary characters are of great significance. The development of the protagonist, and to develop to central ideas of the novel. In Madame Bovary – the story of a naïve young woman who ultimately commits suicide to escape her bitter reality –  Gustave Flaubert effectively contrasts the romantic ideals of Emma Bovary with the real relationships she holds with secondary male characters such as Charles, Leon, and Rodolphe to foreground the tenacity and superficiality of her unachievable romantic dreams. In addition, Flaubert uses significant male characters to provide insight into her inner conflict and foreshadow her tragic fate.

Mathematics IA

The Math IA that I had to write this year was about the Gini Coefficient. I had actually thought of this topic when studying Geography as the Gini Coefficient was mentioned in a lesson and really interested me. After doing more research, I found that there was a great deal of math involved in the Gini Coefficient. So I decided it would be a good topic to look into for my IA. The following is the introduction to my IA:

At the beginning of the year, learning calculus really came of great interest to me. Starting with limits, derivatives, and integration, I became quite interested in the expansions and applications of the topic. During my own research and studying ahead in the textbook, I came across integration and the calculation of the area under a curve, which I understood to be the opposite of differentiation, which I had already learned. The varying ways in which the area under a curve can be calculated mechanically, without the function, really interested me. Furthermore, the application of such calculations would prove to be of interest and show links between the subjects I am studying, in particular geography.

The Gini Coefficient is one area of geography in which I had studied earlier in the year. The Gini Coefficient identifies the income inequalities within a specified region, usually a country, and then calculates a coefficient between 0 and 1, to quantify the inequalities. The calculation of the area under a curve is directly linked to the calculation of Gini Coefficient.

Biology IA

Right as I got back into school after the summer break, the first thing that I was met with was the Biology IA. During this time, things in grade 12 started moving right away so I had to be very diligent in delegating my time to each individual subject, although Biology took up most of the time with my IA. The topic I chose for my IA was to do with changing the copper sulphate levels in the soil of a Runner Bean plant and observing the changes in growth. The following is the hypothesis I had written for the final IA:

If the concentration of 0.1M Copper (II) Sulphate solution within the potting mix increases, then the growth of the plant should remain relatively the same, until the 0.1M Copper (II) Sulphate concentration surpasses 1.8 mL/150 g. However, taking into account the natural growth variation that exists between plants. This is because excess levels of copper inside a planting medium, can interfere with many aspects of plant biochemistry, including membrane integrity, pigment synthesis, and photosynthesis which can directly influence the standard growth of a plant (Fernandes).

Extended Essay

The Extended Essay process was a very long and tough one. It began towards the end of grade eleven, went throughout the summer and into the first term of grade 12. Despite the tedious nature and continual work that was required for the project, in retrospect, I’m glad that I had done this as it taught me many valuable lessons about time management and research. The topic I ended up choosing revolved around the economic and geographic influences that 2011 Rugby World Cup had in Auckland, New Zealand. The following is my final abstract of the paper:

Globally, mega-events are known as unique, one time events that take place in a specific city or country. One such event took place in New Zealand in 2011, The Rugby World Cup (RWC). Of the major cities that played a role in hosting the RWC, Auckland had the biggest role, hosting closing and opening ceremonies, as well as semi-final and final matches. Asides from touristic benefits stemming from such mega events, geographic and economic influences in the short, and medium term have been identified to play a role in Auckland. Thus leading to the consideration of the research question – To what extent has the 2011 Rugby World Cup geographically and economically benefitted Auckland, New Zealand?

This paper will discuss and analyze said geographic and economic influences. By first analyzing a portion of the urban regeneration that occurred as a result of the RWC, a conclusion can be made relating to the RWC-related geographic influences.  Subsequently, the short and medium term economic influences measured by Gross Domestic Product (GDP), retained jobs, sectoral value, and varying business influences, another conclusion can be made.

The conclusion made towards geographic influences was positive, showing that specific projects stimulated by the RWC, have been identified for their upside in different aspects. In addition to this conclusion, economically the RWC has had a benefit towards the Auckland economy showing a 0.52% medium term increase in GDP (compared against years prior), significantly higher sectoral values in the year of the RWC, and large, positive economic growth, in comparison to all RWC-related expenditures.

While these conclusions were made, limitations to the paper also exist. Geographically and economically, the greatest concern related to the lack in data found in the years following the RWC, where the legacy impacts would have been identified.

Term One Reflection (Official)

  1. What achievement are you most proud of on your Term 1 report?  WHY?

I am most proud of the 7 that I achieved in Geography, as I had worked and studied hard and now have been rewarded by quantitative results.

  1. What ‘setback’ have you experienced this term?  How has this been a positive challenge?

This term i have had an extremely full schedule. I have been participating, in soccer, basketball, out of school rugby, jazz band, and chamber choir. All of these commitments have made my week very busy, and as a result of this I have been able to manage my time very efficiently. Due to my full schedule, I have had little time to do school work, so in the little time that I have had, I am able to work efficiently which in turn has made me more independent and able to manage time well.

  1. What strategies did you use in Term 1 to understand difficult concepts in class?  

To understand some more ‘difficult’ class concepts, I would often take detailed notes in class, and then when I went home or had time to review, I would reread these notes, specifically on the hard concepts so that they would stay in my mind.

  1. Does your report illustrate progress in one of your ‘Start of the Year Goals?’  How?

For one of my start of year goals, I decided to strive to get all 5’s and at least 2-3 6’s in all of my courses. I did achieve this, but now that I understand what it takes to achieve this level, I am very confident that I can further increase my grades.

  1. Does your report illustrate your areas of passion?

This report card doesn’t exactly illustrate any areas of my passion, but it does display some of the progression of my academic skills.

  1. Were you surprised by anything on your Report Card?  Why?  

I wasn’t too surprised by anything on my report card, but upon comparing some grades with other students in some specific classes, I was somewhat confused on some marks in relation to some of my peers.

Developing upon your ‘Start of the Year Goals,’ detail your aims for Term 2 in the chart below including strategies and action plans to accomplish them.

 

 

SUBJECT

 

LEARNING ORIENTATED GOALS STRATEGIES  

ACTION PLAN

 

Academic Achieve all 5’s, at least 2 6’s, and one 7 on my term 2 report – Make use of class time
– Review notes and review concepts at home
– Study in advance for all test
Ensure that all class time is used efficiently, in addition to asking questions for unclear areas.
Athletics Win the High School Open Division in The Las Vegas Invitational Rugby Tournament – Attend all training sessions with BCEY7’s team
– Practice positional and team skills to maximize training
In addition to attending and working hard in practices, I need to practice in my own time on positional skills.

 

What are your University/Career aspirations?  Are your Academic and CAS accomplishments supporting your post-secondary goals?  

Currently, I am interested in going into Business in university, however with a creative or writing minor. There some very interesting programs in both Ryerson and Western that I have looked at that seem to be promising.

Term One Report Card Reflection

For my term one report card I have to say that I am pretty proud and impressed with my marks. I had 45 marks overall 1 mark off of Principal’s List and in Honour Roll. I am slightly disappointed that I was so close to Principal’s List, but still I am quite content with my grades. I had five 6’s and three 5’s. Along with those grades I received 8 E’s for effort including my electives. I was happy since I received 6’s in Mathematics, Social Studies, French, Visual Arts, and Physical Education. For my 5’s I got them in Performing Arts, Science, and English. I think that for the next term I could easily boost these grades up to a 6. In Performing Arts and English I think that a little more effort and hard work would benefit me and get me closer to a 6. As for Science I think that my effort is up there since I did receive and E, but still there is always plenty of room for improvement so being more committed and paying more attention would prove to be beneficiary. In the end I am quite pleased with my report card mark, but definitely will strive to achieve Principal’s List for the upcoming term.