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Reflection 23/08/19

Reflection 23/08/19

This is the end of the first week and we have been tasked to reflect. At the beginning I was excited to see my friends and since it was the first day we were off time table which meant that it was more about adjusting to the new environment rather than academics. The first few days of class were easy and hard at the same time as I was surprised to see that I had remembered as much as I had but I was also thinking that I should’ve prepared more to advance the understanding. Today we were also off time table and we talked about service and activities and what is available to us at school. This was interesting because we talked about specific topics and how one would help with that “problem”, for example, one was how could we help Singapore integrate people with Cerebral Palsy. Then at the end, we were asked to talk about what service meant to us, why we did it, what are good attributes for a person who does service etc. After that, we talked about activities and it made me wonder what I could try this year as there is no required reflection or a certain amount of activities I have to do.

Personal Statement

Personal Statement

Throughout these past few years I have studied in many schools that have taught me different things. This has influenced me to be the person I am today. This year though I would say that I have grown the most. The transition from middle school to high school was easier for me than others as I knew a few high schoolers due to out of school activities and  in the beginning the workload was made heavier throughout the year. Also throughout the year work and activities became easier to handle. Through continuing my sports and making SEASAC to going on a new type of school trip it has truly made me grow. Over the October break I went to Borneo where I learnt more about the environment and the life in it but also made new friends that went to Dover. After the October break I found out that I made u19A team for basketball, there was a group of 4 grade 9’s on the team making me one of the youngest. Through that experience, it has made me not only a better player but has made me life-long friends which I never would have met if it weren’t for this experience. Over the next few years I would like to continue to play on the team and grow my role. With my service AMK Minds and being logistics officer it has forced me to be more organised and through the service time with the partners I have made new connections with the service partners.

Science MCQ’s

Science MCQ’s

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Q13

  1. B
  2. That because it’s on the right side it should be thinner.
  3. What does a ventricle do? How would this affect thickness?

Q20

  1. D
  2. That an ion is not the same as an atom.
  3. How many atoms would Flouride need to have a full valence shell? Does Flouride gain or lose an electon?
Criminal Psychologist

Criminal Psychologist

During the writer’s fortnight, I attended 4 different stories from guest speakers. The criminal psychologist was the one as I have always been fascinated by the mind. Going in I thought that he would have told quite traumatic experiences and say that the criminals deserve to be punished in the way that they are but as a matter of fact he says that society doesn’t help former prisoners reform causing them to re-offend. The media has a lot to do with this as we see sex offenders as one of the worst types of criminals that will definitely re-offend but in reality, they have one of the lowest re-offending rates. This pushed me to believe that if given a fair shot that lots of reformed prisoners could integrate into society if they would be accepted.

Rescue Story

Rescue Story

During the writer’s fortnight, I attended 4 different stories from guest speakers. This one was about a rescue story in Myanmar. His friend was a Language student and was travelling the world trying to get people who spoke dead or dying languages to say a phrase in their language. That brought them to Myanmar. They went to this place were previously tourists were not allowed and they were the first tourists there in years. They went to talk to a pair of 80-year-olds that were the only people in the whole world that spoke this language. The only problem was that they were opium addicts. This surprised me that they would try and convince addicts to say a crude phrase. Whilst they were there, there was terrible rainfall but it soon got worse. Soon after it had been declared a national disaster area and that people needed to flee where they were. His wife was not with him and of course, was worried. They had to empty their wallets to leave the place and just came back with their life. This pushed me to wonder what would’ve happened with the footage of the two elders now dead language if it hadn’t been destroyed in the natural disaster.

Cancer Survivor

Cancer Survivor

During the writer’s fortnight, I attended 4 different stories from guest speakers. This one was about a cancer survivors story. Even though she knew that there was a history of cancer in her family, when she was 30 she fell ill. She didn’t believe that it could happen to her so early. Very few of the family members that got cancer survived. When she said that she wanted to wait 3 months for a surgery that affected me because I thought that she would’ve wanted to get it over with as this was a life-threatening issue. Once she no longer had cancer, her husband and her wanted to start a family. There were many complications in the multiple pregnancies (miscarriages and false positives), but eventually, she fell pregnant. Around 13 weeks in they found out that if she gave birth to her daughter that she would be born with many disabilities, the doctors insisted on her aborting the baby. She didn’t want to abort the baby though because they had waited so long for a baby. This surprised me as there was a high possibility that the baby wouldn’t live for very long and that her daughter might not even make it. Her positive attitude and faith helped her make the decision and that’s why her 6-month-old daughter is alive and healthy, almost as if she was a miracle baby.

C1 Test Reflection

C1 Test Reflection

On receiving my test I felt OK. I showed a good understanding of atomic structure. I could have answered the paper 6 style questions better by being more explicit in my written answers. For next time I need to remember to make sure that the vocabulary I use is appropriate for the question. I will fail well by reviewing what I got wrong and make revision notes.

The Meg: The Myth, The Legend

The Meg: The Myth, The Legend

In this article, they talk about the extinct species called the Megalodon which is a shark. The Megalodon which is the shark featured in the film “The Meg”. It talks about it’s inconsistencies in the movies and also how it isn’t possible. The article also said that the way that sharks are portrayed in films can affect the real world.

 

I promise to myself that I will cut down on the fish I eat but also take into consideration that everything is not real in films. I want to research more into how sharks are treated and how movies can affect them.

What are we really learning at school?

What are we really learning at school?

I believe that the answers to this article does not relate to what UWCSEA would teach. The thing about these answers is that I personally cannot relate to because of the way I have grown up and the school that I go to. I think that in this school because we focus on different aspects of the students life that we can not only focus on our academics. Most of the answers were academic relating and very few were about life lessons and how they should treat themselves and other people. I think that we learn a lot in this school because of what the school stands for and almost all the teachers and staff try and push the message of equality and how we can be the best version of ourselves.

 

Article referenced:

https://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/09/07/what-are-you-really-learning-at-school/ 

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