Joining Service Exec: New Portfolio Head!

I have joined Service Exec as a newbie this year. Having never joined before, I, along with other old dogs, had to attend a before school started training day where we become familiar with the process of how it runs and what we had to accomplish for this year. It was interesting to see how this group functioned and worked. As an outsider, I felt that my views on it would be unique and that I could give some overall observations onto the workflow and structure of this club.

My role is managing the new service website. I have to lead it to make sure that it is used by the school and tracks all the portfolio events of services. After helping to create a layout, discussing it with the team and so forth, now I have to use a lot of custom CSS and get this thing working. I love being a part of Exec as it is so interconnected to a lot of the other services that I am a part of. Moreover, I get to see first hand the amount of work and effort that goes into all the service events that happen at our school. Students coming early, staying late, setting and packing up: all for a good cause.

My role also allows me to work closely with other members of the team. I work with the, aptly titled, Portfolio Heads, who control and stream the content, and the Communications, who connect with the services and makes sure our website is as aligned to theirs. I also predict that I work with the content managers (video editors/photographers as that is always a main part of a website. I really like website design and creation so am excited for this role and really want to put my all into it and do the best job I can.

Coding for Good: Hackathon Initial concerns and goals

We are doing a hackathon. There is a lot of stuff to get done. I am learning first hand how to plan such an event and am enjoying the process tremendously. I should write down how the idea came about first. My role in Coding for Good seemed to be the contact person or project manager. This role seemed most sufficient for me as I was part of Exec and they always had projects they wanted C4g to do, so I thought me being in it would be easy and most convenient. I went about my role and did acquire new projects. However, the problem occurred when I went up to the most qualified members with a difficult project and they said that that they could do it but they were busy and could probably only take it up in a few weeks. This struck me as I questioned why I was even getting new projects if we did not have the capacity. That is when it hit me to start a hackathon to try and fill the gaps.

Coding for Good: Local Service Leadership Goals and Aims

Here is a folder showing evidence of some of the impact I have had on this service.

I really wanted to join this service this year, regardless if I was selected to be a leader or not. Thankfully, I was selected. I have enjoyed the past year of attending C4g (Coding for Good) and so wanted to continue it. I found that last year it was a really hands-on course and I learned a lot of stuff through the tutorials that Mr. Kann provided. I found out only this year in my HL/SL comp sci class that it was used in the introductory lessons for the HL comp sci students when they first learn Java and creating GUIs. This helped me become comfortable and knowledgeable on some of the software.

This year as a leader I entered with a goal to help spread the word about this service. I thought it was a very admirable service with a lot of potential.

Initial Reflection: Kolkata GC

I have been part of Kolkata since the beginning of High School and its Middle School counterpart: I-India. I have a lot of love and passion for this cause and so always wanted to continue working in this service trying to help the NGO in Kolkata as much as possible. In Grade 7, I think I joined the GC for a very jejune reason, which was connecting the dots that as I am Indian, I should, therefore, join a GC with the name “India” in it. This was purely the only deciding factor in my choice. To offer some defense, I did not really know anything about other GCs as well and so went with I-India. That may have been the reason that I joined, but was far from the reason that I stayed. In hindsight, I wonder what would have happened if I went with my other interest – preventing marine biodiversity loss, aquatic pollution, dissuading sea show patrons, really anything to do with the sea was a zealous interest of mine – and not join this GC that has now been a part of my life for more than four years.

Starting 11th grade, I was interested in pursuing a leadership role in this GC due to my knowledge of how it works and to further showcase my enthusiasm for the cause. I have always had an interest in finance and so took part in tracking the GCs finances last year under the leadership of an 11th grader (12th grader now). I am eager to continue my finance leader role this year and make sure this GC keeps track of its funds and remains a beau idéal for GC’s finance. I have so far, not explicitly taken part in the actual dance part of the GC, but have preferred to more work behind the scenes. This year I am thinking that I do want to get up on the stage and do something. I also want to offer some of my skills as an ex Graphics student by perhaps making some posters to draw even more attention to our main event: Kahaani. I also feel that I am a walking advocate for the show, Kahaani, as it seems that intertwining conversations regarding service, I always seem to find myself yelling “Sign up for Kahaani!”. Now that sign-ups are over, I intrinsically see my self changing the cheer slightly to “Go watch Kahaani!”

I am looking forward to the event to take place and be a success, as it always is, thanks to the deft leadership of the dance leaders and GC chairs. A goal I have for our GC is that perhaps we could be less dependent on this one event and branch out to other smaller events as well to help keep our GC more sustainable and proactive throughout the year. This is similar to an overarching aim the Service Exec, which I am part of, has.

I am also committed to making sure that Kolkata GC reaches the digital age with fervor. As I am a leader in Coding for Good, I know there is a project regarding the GCs website and making it clean and published. I need to make sure this is completed and ready. To achive that means clear communication.

As a finance leader, I need to make sure that I am always organized and communicate clearly with the chairs and relevant members in the GC. I will write another post when Kahaani is closer to see what has changed, regarding my role and my thoughts.

CAS Learning outcomes

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Learning outcomes are differentiated from assessment objectives because they are not rated on a scale.The completion decision for the school in relation to each student is, simply, “Have these outcomes been achieved?” As a result of their CAS experience as a whole, including their reflections, there should be evidence that students have:
LO1. Increased their awareness of their own strengths and areas for growth
They are able to see themselves as individuals with various skills and abilities, some more developed than others, and
understand that they can make choices about how they wish to move forward.
LO2. Undertaken new challenges
A new challenge may be an unfamiliar activity, or an extension to an existing one.
LO3. Planned and initiated activities
Planning and initiation will often be in collaboration with others. It can be shown in activities that are part of larger
projects, for example, ongoing school activities in the local community, as well as in small student‑led activities.
Creativity, action, service guide 5 Introduction
LO4. Worked collaboratively with others
Collaboration can be shown in many different activities, such as team sports, playing music in a band, or helping in a kindergarten. At least one project, involving collaboration and the integration of at least two of creativity, action and service, is required.
LO5. Shown perseverance and commitment in their activities
At a minimum, this implies attending regularly and accepting a share of the responsibility for dealing with problems that arise in the course of activities.
LO6. Engaged with issues of global importance
Students may be involved in international projects but there are many global issues that can be acted upon locally or nationally (for example, environmental concerns, caring for the elderly).
LO7. Considered the ethical implications of their actions
Ethical decisions arise in almost any CAS activity (for example, on the sports field, in musical composition, in
relationships with others involved in service activities). Evidence of thinking about ethical issues can be shown in various
ways, including journal entries and conversations with CAS advisers.
LO8. Developed new skills
As with new challenges, new skills may be shown in activities that the student has not previously undertaken, or in
increased expertise in an established area. All eight outcomes must be present for a student to complete the CAS
requirement. Some may be demonstrated many times, in a variety of activities, but completion requires only that there
is some evidence for every outcome.

Economics Market Activity Reflection

What have you learned about how markets work and how prices are determined by playing the chips game?

We have just completed a simulation with another mimicking a market in different situations: with a monopoly, a maximum price, unequal amounts of buyers and sellers and so on. Thirty students occupy a class, equal amounts spread on two sides of the room, one side buyers and the other sellers. A market day is a round, and on each round, a teacher goes around giving cards that indicates the price of the product for that round. Our market was the computer chip market.

I have learned that a cohort of students, some that are still tyros in the field of economics with basic knowledge mixed with those who have studied it at a basic level for two years behave similarly to a real-life market, to an extent. Even though the first few rounds were realistic due to the drive and excitement among students, the energy in the room soon dissipated as the rounds went on mirroring something less realistic – which is hard to avoid.

What I have learned economics wise is that as price increases demand from consumers for a product decreases but suppliers supply more. The reason for this is because consumers feel that as price increases their utility for the same product decreases and so demand less. However, suppliers, as price increases, feel that the profit they can make on that product will increase and so supply less.

These kind of market simulations are interesting in the sense that this is exactly what social scientists year to achieve; moreover, our economics teachers have a pool of volunteers to readily perform such experiments.

Choosing Activities Reflection

It is the fourth week of school and activities and services have officially started. Choosing activities this year was difficult for me as there were so many options to choose from. Here is my rationale to all the activities I wanted to join and why my reasoning behind joining or not joining.

MUN

  • After two years of fruitful debate, I decided to not sign up for MUN in my final IB years.

Coding for Good

  • Easy one. I had been a part of this the year before, enjoyed it greatly, and so wanted to continue.

IFP

  • Looked really interesting. I love peace and am a sucker for social entrepreneurship.

Investment Society

  • Been a part of it since Grade 9. Committed to it and do have a “side” interest for investing; find it an interesting and exciting way to earn money, analyzing markets and currencies.

Pre-Season Badminton

  • Even though I have been playing soccer since I was little, I think it was time to try a new sport. I have been playing outside of school for some time now and have enjoyed it.

Alumni Club

  • I also am a sucker for organizing! This seemed like a fun way to meet people and take a leadership role in hosting and planning large events which I enjoy.

Kolkata GC

  • Again, have been part of since Grade 9. Also have been part of its counter-part “I-India” since middle school. Deeply passionate about the cause and highly involved.

TEDx

  • After doing my first (ever!) public speech, I wanted to continue the journey. This year I signed up to help host and lead TEDx instead of being a speaker. Wanted to try an be on the other side of the fence.

Graphics Club

  • Love graphics. I miss doing an art – as I am going completely “art-less” for these two years, I wanted to keep my hobby and passion for it going. Even if it is one hour a week, at least I wont forget everything I have been so naturally passionate about and regret it later.