Reflection: 11th grade

One thing I loved about high school is how much it pushed me academically and how much I liked pushing myself further in terms of academics. I think one way the school pushed me was in presentations. I have learned how to prepare for them more eg. my English poetry oral presentation. I do not think I have worked that hard ever before in my life. What sucks was I messed up due to nerves and the whole thing went to waste. I liked how I constantly push myself in my favorite subject Physics. I love physics; I find it so difficult but still I am constantly blown away by the power anyone gets after they learn how to control, manipulate and predict phenomena. I love working on more difficult physics concepts myself outside of school just because I find it interesting and I just really want to be a good physicist.
Another thing was how I pushed myself to lead my group Coding for Good. That was scary for me as I do not think I am a natural leader but my passion for this group was seen very strong and so I was voted. I find myself doubting myself a lot thinking that I do not know something very well and someone else knows better, but in this situation, it was not the case. I knew the workings of the club and the service bureaucracy inside out and I was the one informing people, planning events, keeping everyone on task. Because I was so passionate and knew so much and put in always 100 and 10 percent I found it actually easy to be a leader and annoying when I was not in charge because I cared so much about the trajectory of this group and thought that since I understood the dynamics so well I should be the leader. It was rewarding as I was passionate about something that I could fight for it; this was a first for me.
The third was this very recent summer activity: leading an IFP conference in Timor Leste. It was great fun and pushed me completely and utterly out of my comfort zone. A year of planning culminated in a great and rewarding week, training a group of able and capable, fun-loving Timorese students on how to project peace in their neighborhoods. Truly life changing. I will be writing a reflection about this and how this was so amazing.

What am I most proud of?

Her Shakti. I put a lot of work into it. Coding for Good’s Hackathon. It was a success. I poured my soul into that, so happy it turned out amazing.
The work I put into my English Poetry Oral. My physics report. My English creative write-up that scored really well. My ToK presentation I did with a friend (super last minute – literally the night before till 4am and minutes before presenting (like, when we were connecting the plug to the presenter, we were adding more slides, and writing the conclusion slides)), but we scored top marks in both of his classes. My science notes from IGCSE.

PSE Final Reflection

How are you going to make Grade 12 a successful, fulfilling experience for you? 

I think that I can take my learnings to achieve more stuff next year. I learned a lot in terms of organization and preparing for things in advance. I have heard that next year is very tough and people found being organized, meeting deadlines and staying on top of things is very tough. I want to know that the stories that I have heard are true. Next year is the last year of high school for all of us and I am not sure how to make this memorable for us. I think that next year I am no longer new to IB and upper high school so I will be more comfortable next year. I think that this being fulfilling for me will include me doing art because I love art. I hope that grade 12 will be successful and will not be a terrible experience. In terms of social skills, I want to have good friendship support that can get us through it.




Coding for Good Hackathon Reflection

We conducted a SWOT analysis with service and it was really useful. We learned a lot of things and have begun planning for next years hackathon. Growing from our learnings, we want to make it more professional and invite a larger audience. This will require a lot more planning and we should probably start planning soon. The biggest changes that I would want to make for next year is to construct a very organized schedule. This was also the plan for this years but since we were not really sure what we were doing we couldn’t fill it out and follow it very well. Moreover, I am most worried about who will continue this next year with the same passion. I will stay on and look over but I know I can not be as involved as I was this year.

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EE Day reflection

Today I decided on which route to take for my EE by doing preliminary experiments to see if there is a solid relationship between what I am testing. There was a slight but consistent difference of around 6% between the depth and upthrust. This allows for me to continue my experimentation at the pool once I make a few more adjustments to my model, to reduce uncertainties in setup. Moreover, I have made many approximations but still have not accounted for them and this needs to be done before I head to the pool. I am proud that I was able to set up a prototype method with relative accuracy in measurements and that there was actually a relationship evident in about one meter depth. All of this allows me to be more confident when I reach the pool.

During planning for what I was going to do during the day, I was certain of another topic, the ascent rate of a diver depending on its volume. I had planned relevant preliminary tests and developed a model for that, but I chose not to go with this after discovering that there was a relationship with my initial idea. Now that there is, I have to go back to analyzing the static model and derive a relationship between depth and buoyancy. Moreover, as my experiment is related to fluid dynamics there is space for my experiment to go either extremely complicated or, on the other hand, extremely simple. I fear that I am on the ledge between it going simple due to my approximations. However, if I am able to explain the phenomena occurring and elaborate on why I chose my approximations, explaining what would have happened if I (for example) acknowledged that the flow of water was not laminar and gas was not ideal and so on.

My main objective currently is to first, make changes to my set-up, and then cement a working model. Next, I would like to finish my EE outline. I feel that this is extremely helpful to keep me paced and that I should clean up and collate all my research in one place as doing this will help me when I am writing my background theory and creating my citations. Lastly, I was talking to a physics teacher and they said it may be possible to get a Houdini style clear acrylic container about 2 metres tall with a 1 meter square base. However, I will have to find the manufacturer myself and ask the department to purchase it. I will have to weigh how useful this is and how much it will benefit my experiment.

Participating in the Knitathon

The service knitting for Katike held a Knit-a-thon where volunteers came together for 24 hours to knit as much as they could. All of the finished products would be sent to children in Katike with not enough protective clothing to withstand the harsh winter months in the mountains. The knitathon was open to pro knitters and beginners alike.
During middle school, I was actually part of a crochet club and so in part due to nostalgic emphasis, I was eager to volunteer my Tuesday afternoon to this noble cause. I guess, I was also very interested in how this “a-thon” was run, as my “hack-a-thon” had ended only a week back and I wanted to compare and see if there were improvements to be made next time.
The experience was heartwarming as members of the GC/Focus-group shared intimate stories about their experiences with the GC and the hardships that the children they were supporting had to go through. Moreover, the environment was comforting as students were sitting comfortably in nooks around the classroom, or laying on pillows and cushions watching TV as they knitted. There was music playing and it was a relaxing hour right before the G11 mock exams.
If you needed help in your knitting, members of the GC were very happy to come and help you. Overall, it was a great experience and I enjoyed it immensely.

Networking Event PSE

What went well?

I think that the sheet handed out to us helped us prompt our thinking. Also due to the different types of teachers present, there were various types of conversations being held that helped prepare us for the real world. I also felt that the environment was artificially created in such a way that it allowed us to take risks that we perhaps would not be able to have taken as there was low risk. As in, as some of us are not able to talk to teachers that easily this did help people step out of their comfort zone and try things that they may not have tried.

What could be improved

There was a distorted ratio of students and teachers. Therefore there was a lot of waiting for involved and caused groups of students to feel disinterested. There was also little incentive and preparation for this activity so that also decreased possible realistic level. A way to improve this may be to split the groups up into different days to improve the ratio.

What have you taken away from the process

That being confident and taking risks are good. Adding on to this, the way you talk to adults is different to children and so that was helpful.