Over the Mulgrave May break this year, I had the pleasure of visiting the tremendous country of Cyprus. I have never really travelled much. Of course I am lucky to have gone to the United States, Turkey and of course Iran but, this trip was different than all the rest. I got to experience a culture so much different than my own. I find it pretty crazy how such a small country could have such an incredible environment. All the people were so kind to one another. People look out for each other in their small communities and I think that is what makes them so special. I also found it quite interesting how Cyprus is divided into the Turkish side and the Greek side. My family spent most of our time on the Greek side for this trip but we did visit the turkish side. It is strange to me how these two countries went at war so many years ago and still they are fighting over a small piece of land. Cyprus is so unique in its own way. Cities are merely 30mins apart since the country itself is smaller than Vancouver island. Also, I love love love greek food. So this trip really helped my cravings for greek salad. This trip really opened my eyes to let me see that sometimes when we are stressed with work or school, we just need to let go and have a little adventure. Because for the first time in forever, I meet that rush of not knowing what going to come next and I truly enjoyed it.
Although it was been a very hectic year, I have always found time to say physically active. This year I have committed to a variety of physical activities, such as:
- Major: Grade 8 Titans Volleyball Team (in-school)
- Major: Volleyball Skills (out of school)
- Major: Grade 8 & 9 Titans Basketball Team (in-school)
- Major: U14 Mustangs (out of school)
- Major: Masters Swim Program (out of school)
I think that I have done well on these activities because I am committed to attending all events and I find that last year it was a lot harder for me to commit so strongly. I think that staying physically active is something that is hard to do consistently because there is always work to do and it is hard to find time for yourself. This year I have really worked hard an making my action commitments stronger than they were last year and I genuinely believe that I have done a pretty good job.
About 2 weeks ago, the grade 8 and 9 students had the chance to attend the career fair. “Career Fair”. Even the name sounds scary. It is crazy to think that grade 8 students should be thinking about their future so early in their lives. I’m only thirteen. I cannot be expected to know how to live the rest of my life. It’s frightening. Although I am now older and responsible but,deep down, I am still a kid that does not want to think about the future only the present. Even though the future is scary, the career fair showed me how uninterested I am in some careers. The career fair did nothing but prove to me how much I truly want to study medicine. Seeing others talk about their jobs of working in the library of running hotels just bored me out of my mind. I am not trying to be disrespectful to them but ever job seems boring to me compared to the field of medicine. I want to be a doctor. That’s final. Yes I’m still a kid and yes I have some many other choices but even as a kid I was smart enough to choose ice cream over brussels sprouts. Working as a doctor is my ice cream. Honestly I don’t think that choosing a career is what freaked me out. It is probably the fact that I have my mind set on my career and all everybody does is tell me how hard it is going to be. Life is hard. I can handle it. But who knows maybe next week I’ll have my heart set on becoming a garbage man. Life is to short to think so much about the future. Goodbye as I return to the present.
This school year has been filled with many challenges but one thing that went smoothly was my creativity commitments. I am a person with many different interests but most of them are creative interests. This year I spent my time creatively working on:
- Major: piano (out of school)
- Major: voice (out of school)
- Major: guitar (out of school)
- Major: jazz choir (in-school)
- Major: choir (in-school)
I have worked very hard on trying my best in all of these and I am proud of my success this year. Iw as not planning on playing the guitar but since I got a guitar for my birthday, I started playing ever day. I consider this to be a creative commitment because although I do not have a teacher, I work have been playing guitar daily since December 6th. I have never really committed to something that well before. I usually start something and kinda quit halfway and that is not a good habit but, achieving my creative goals this year showed me that hard work really does pay off.
On April 28 the middle school musical groups drove up to Whistler for a music festival. Four days of performances and clinics went pretty well. It was a little frightening to perform in front of all of those professional judicators but I think that everybody did a really good job. I am so proud of myself and all of my fellow choir members. We got gold for concert choir which is a really great accomplishment. Jazz choir also did very well. I think that the best part of whistler was probably spending a little time with our friends away from school while also enjoying our passion for music. It was a great experience that I cannot wait to relive next year.
Recently we have watch Inside Out during Life and Learning and I have found it to be a very interesting film. Although it is a cartoon made for children it has a much stronger meaning that is about how your memories are what create your personality. I have reflected on what my 5 different personality “islands” would be and this is what I came too:
My family means everything to me. The support of my family is what made me the person I am today. My family is the backbone to my personality. They are all there for me when I need a shoulder to cry on, or I need help making an important choice. I also know that no matter what happens in my life, my family is always there for me. Although I am an only child, my family is huge and spending my childhood in Iran really showed me the importance of family and how valuable your relatives are.
Friends are the key to happiness. I truly believe that I would not survive in the world without the great friends I have standing by my side. Sometimes you just need someone to talk to, laugh with, or even cry with. I trust my friends because I know that we will always be there for eachother and create great memories together. Not all my experience can be happy in life but with my friends even the hard ones can work out.
Music is my way to release any feelings I have held back. There are somethings that you do not want to share with the world but you still need to let it out. Creating music is how I find time for myself to release all the emotions I secretly feel. When I play my guitar, I always play the songs that connect to my mood at that time. It does not matter if I am angry or happy or sad, no matter what emotion I feel, I can find a song to relate to it. Creating sounds and tones are what drive me. I listen to a wide range of music genres so I can experience all the different messages that the songwriters are sending.
Some people prefer to play video games or play sports indoors but I prefer to be out there in the real world. When I am in nature it gives me time to forget about everything going on and just focus on the present. Sometimes when I am stressed I need to go for bike ride around my neighborhood just to relax a bit. I feel as though I can be free in nature and if I had a bad day, I make sure to go out for a jog the next morning before school. I have come to realize that being in nature helps me settle down and be myself.
I find it important to develop more knowledge. I love to learn, certain things. I understand that school is preparing us for university and life but I find it quite useless studying certain subject that I have no interest in. I have a great interest in science and would like to go to med school in the future and this is my learning is such a huge part of my life. My mind does not care about certain subject. My mind shuts down for studies I am not interested in but wakes up in science. My education is something that defines me and I am glad I know what I want to use my brain for.
Overall, I am very proud of my report card this term. I was shocked to see that I made it to principals list because I did not expect anything higher than honour roll. I was very happy with my math grade. Math is not my strongest subject and to receive a grade 5 was a great achievement. Unfortunately I was very disappointed to see a 5 on my grade for french. French has always been an easy subject for me and my grades this year were pretty high. I think that I deserved a 6 but this will be my goal for the next year. I have to get at least a 6 for my next report card. My overall goal is to only receive 6’s and 7’s for next term. Grade 8 is a lot harder than grade 7 was so I need to continue focusing on my studies. Moving forward, I need to be prepared for term 2 and reach for my goals.
Currently in Grade 8 English we are working on Night of the Notables. This spectacular opportunity has given me a chance to see what it is like to live as one of my greatest role models ; Joanne Rowling. Although I do greatly enjoy her compelling Harry Potter novels, her personal contributions to her community is what really intrigues me. I have had an interesting time so far but I must admit that it has been a very stressful journey. I am very glad that the writing portion of my project is complete because I put a lot of effort into it. My choice for the final project writing piece, was to create a diary from the perspective of Joanne Rowling and it was a fascinating experience. This week we are finalizing our presentation aspect of the project and I am very proud of the space I have created. As nervous as I am, I cannot wait for this fantastic evening that is soon to come.
|Major or Minor||Creativity||Action||Service|
|Major||Choir||Titans Basketball||Ava Music Volunteering|
|Minor||West Vancouver Library|
Today in your science lesson, we created an animal cell using different types of candy. This experience was actually very interesting. Putting all the different pieces together helped me remember all the complicated scientific names. While placing each piece of candy, I would think about the functions of these parts in an animal cell. This is helping me get closer and closer to memorizing. Although the nucleus was an Oreo, it was still fascinating to see how everything would place itself around the control centre. Having the opportunity to recreate an animal cell using candy was shockingly useful which is amazing. It also tasted pretty AMAZING.