Learning outcomes

In class we were given this table as a reference to see how we approached the learning outcomes through our CAS experiences. I wanted to post it because I believe it helped me understand and organise my thoughts about how my involvement in activities has impacted me.

Learning Outcome Example
Identify own strengths
and develop areas for
I always loved EDM and I stood in awe of the DJs who are able to mix different kinds of music together. I was always curious to see how it worked and when I learnt how to do it, I felt excited about it too. I never thought I’d be interested in music like this but it turns out that I was so good that I was appointed leader. I knew that I enjoyed being a leader and helping people out, but when I taught people about one of my favourite hobbies (both DJ as well as HIIT) I realised that I am much more committed to the role.
Demonstrate that
challenges have been
undertaken, developing
new skills in the
I learnt about getting over certain barriers in order to achieve goals through service. In Green Umbrella, when we went for Project Week, I had to overcome a language barrier in order to communicate with the people there. However, with the help of a translator we were able to pass this barrier and achieve our goals for the trip and even help the community out. Similarly I had to overcome a language barrier in Music Therapy which was coupled with the the uneasiness of a old age home. There was an unsettling feeling when we entered the old age home but we were able to adjust ourselves and adapt to the surroundings in order to help the dementia patients. As cheesy as this sounds, I feel like the language of music can be understood by all. Just the cheerful tune or the upbeat rhythm can be interpreted and can make anyone listening smile, even if they’re going through dementia.
Demonstrate how to
initiate and plan a CAS
I planned the project week trip along with my friends and we had to figure out a lot of things: where to stay, our service requirements and even safety issues. It was an independent experience where I learnt a lot about the effort that goes into planning a trip, and even if it is just for enjoyment, there are many things that need to be considered. I also had to come up with HIIT routines and lead them throughout. I had to set everything up, which required a lot of communication between departments, and then I had to lead and create routines that would be helpful to all those who participated.
Show commitment to,
and perseverance in,
CAS experiences.
I took part in MUN for the past 3 years, along with numerous conferences where I was able to learn a lot. I also remained committed to the goals of our GC when we went to Green Umbrella for project week. I helped develop and initiate solutions that we were working on in the GC for the past year. I then chose to implement these solutions when I went for project week.
Demonstrate the skills
and recognise the
benefits of working
When working collaboratively communication is key. Without effective communication we wouldn’t have been able to coordinate an entire trip to another country for project week. Without communication we won’t be able to tell other delegates in our committee what our views of the issue are. I wouldn’t be able to address issues in the school in student voice without being confident either. There is a certain level of confidence required as well to speak up. Only by being collaborative can we achieve a holistic solution.
Demonstrate engagement
with issues of
global significance.

When we went for project week we had to work with two main issues of global importance: education and wastage management. In the community that we worked with there was help needed for both these aspects and we initiated some steps that will help the community develop and we can work towards solving their problems.

In MUN the crux of our debate was always an issue of global significance where we had to reach a conclusion with the best possible solution for the issue at hand. We had to understand the nature of the issue, the countries affected by it and how the proposed solutions would affect

Recognise and consider
the ethics of choices
and actions.
We have to be considerate and aware of other people whenever we make decisions because our actions can affect others’ lives. In MUN that is what we have to consider, the consequences and in student voice that is what we observe. Without being respectful towards the elderly at Music Therapy with Apex, the elderly wouldn’t be comfortable around us, which might not be helpful for their dementia. So through my CAS experience I learnt about being respectful of others and that I should consider how my actions affect others and not only me before I choose to do those actions.


Ending the Extended Essay – Final Reflection

In my final reflection session with my EE supervisor, I had to reflect on a few question he asked me. This is a summation of the conversation that we had:

I believe I could make my method better and more reliable using more efficient measurement methods. I believe I could have done more preparation on my part in order to ensure more reliability of the process. For example I would try to make a method where I can completely step away from the system to minimise interference from my part.

The unexpected randomness of the results was surprising for me. Despite that, the results I observed lead to more intriguing discoveries and ways of approaching the setup.

In the scientific community any experiment that helps the scientific method and can make progress can be considered a success, even ones that don’t produce reliable results can be built upon. Science is about learning through observation and that means even unexpected results can create progress.

My experiment was an extension of what we learnt in class, specifically how we use interference patterns with more speakers. This is a step towards a real life example where we use surround sound systems. However, this is not an accurate representation of reality because the frequencies change almost instantaneously, different speakers different frequencies, there are multiple objects within the system, the speakers are placed at angles, the speakers have different sizes and many more complications.

To achieve my results I used the apparatus that I had available. I tried to simplify the model so that I could get data that would help me reach a conclusion. However the data was very random, so I had to use a simulator to understand what was happening in the system.

I am still curious about the entire enclosed area and the patterns that would be observed in the regions that weren’t measured. I would like to see how the real life samples would be different to the simulation. I’d also like to try a more real life application by using different speakers which are responsible for different ranges of sound.

My advice to the year below would be: sometimes it’s better to take one step back to get perspective and that might just help you take two steps forward.

EE Interim Reflection

Unfortunately, I hadn’t done very well in the experiment because I hadn’t considered factors that later produced inconclusive data. There were a few misconceptions in my introduction and background information, such as the double slit experiment actually differs to a double source experiment.

Looking ahead, my EE supervisor helped me find a simulator that will show a pattern for the type of system I am trying to model. Also, considering that my data isn’t conclusive, I would need to retake my data.

Feelings for HL Maths after a year

Although I am grateful that I had taken Additional maths externally so I can help myself prepare a little for HL maths, nothing could have prepared me for the past year. At the start, while learning the basic concepts the knowledge from Add maths did help, but then I realised how quick we were going. It is a very rushed course and the concepts aren’t the easiest to understand. For me it took some time to wrap my head around some concepts and sometimes I just had to go with a few things without fully understanding them. I think being a new student also played a big role in the way that I learned because I had to study while trying to fit in at the same time. I would be lying if I said that it wasn’t hard for me at times, to balance everything, which is one of the reasons why my confidence level as seen in the graph never went very high. At the start of the year I thought that I could handle this, I am good in maths and I am able to solve questions and I never felt that the mini quizzes insanely hard. After the first long test however, I realised that the course is much harder than I thought it would be. The test caught me off guard and the I realised why I’ve heard the haunting stories and whispers of HL Math being the worst decision ever. from there I realised that I had to work harder and I started working more and doing more practice and then I upped my confidence again.

I really learnt the value of practising and revising because I have seen the result of not practising for myself and experienced the downfall of not working hard enough. I find the unpredictable nature of the questions the hardest to cope with and I think that more practice is the only way of battling this. I know if I’ve done good or bad in a test based on my scoring, and I like to go over my tests to see where I did well and where I can improve. Having a growth mindset is crucial because I couldn’t have made through the year if I kept getting hung up with the past tests and how I messed up. Instead, I like to focus on what I can do now to do better.

First reflection on EE

I realised that my EE will require a multi-dimensional approach. Since my topic is unique, it’s difficult to find sources that model the experiment. My model is attempting to mimic areas which use surround sound systems consisting 4 speakers facing a common centre. So far I have done basic research and I think in this scenario primary research would be more meaningful. In reality, sound interference patterns can be different than the theoretical because of environmental factors like echo, diminishing intensity etc. The first step would be to start doing some basic experimentation and get an idea of how the experiment will be structured. Before conducting the experiment itself however, I must first find a plausible model to compare my results to so that I start of with a hypothesis and use the proper scientific method in my EE.

My progress on the EE after EE day

For me today was a very research and planning oriented day and I gained a lot of clarity as of how I need to pursue the EE in both theoretical as well as experimental aspects of it. At the start I was expecting to derive a very complex equation for the model that I am testing but I was able to simplify it so much so that I can apply the knowledge I have learnt in class and be able to creatively apply it to the model. I’m quite satisfied with this simplified version because it makes the process so much easier for me and I think I can get a much better job done for the EE. Of course this doesn’t mean that I have everything sorted out and it will all be smooth sails from here, I will have difficulties in my experiment which can affect the accuracy and precision of my results. I have assessed a few of those today such as the locations of where to observe the interference patterns, which I have narrowed down to 4 lines where I will be observing the intensity of the sounds coming together. I have also thought about the impacts of the surroundings on my experiment and how I would aim to minimise their influence. I’m proud of the fact that I have gotten a big mental blockage of this experiment out of the way, which was posing to be a very big hurdle for me but after persevering through that and getting this research done, I think I can now continue to build a model and plan it out so that I can start experimenting as soon as I can. I hope to start experimenting and gathering data by next week, which would be ideal, so I will need to figure out what I need and how I need to set it up. I have a basic model ready and I have started to think about what to write for the EE as well, which I aim to start writing up soon as well.

My experience in Green Umbrella GC for the past 2 seasons

As this service went on and I kept developing ideas for our plastic press with my peers in Green Umbrella, I came to realise that I have started to enjoy not only working with my friends to work towards an effective and efficient solution, but also the feeling that I know these ideas will either directly be implemented in the school at Cambodia or at least help the future of the GC to further develop the ideas. I get inspired everyday to help those at Green Umbrella because as a part of the GC it is my duty to help them.  I aim to work as hard as I can to aid them so they can get the education they deserve. I believe that the right to education is a basic human need and I want to try my best to help bring that right into the lives of those who may not get as many opportunities as I do. By helping the school out in the areas that they have requested us to, I believe that I am helping them in the ways that I can from so far away.

Since I will be going to the GC for project week, I have decided that I will step up and help more for the GC now. As I plan ahead with the teachers, other students in the GC and the Green Umbrella school as well, I aim to get a list of things, apart from the plastic press that I have been working on, that we can help with when we reach the school for project week. By getting a head start on what we need to do, we can make a plan accordingly and fully utilise our trip for helping the people at the GC.

End of 2 seasons of STEM club

I have enjoyed the past 2 seasons of STEM club, with all the debating and discussing that we do I have explored the applications of these fields in our lives. It’s interesting to observe how what we learn in class regarding STEM can be applied to many different fields such as economics and can also play parts in geography and politics as well. We used examples of scientific theories or advancements in technology and science and discussed how we believe they will impact the world we see around us.

These conversations are really engaging and fun to have because I can see various fields of my own studies come together. For instance I observe how we think about the economic affects of some technological advances and possible solutions to issues that are prevalent in today’s society. I remember we had once touched upon the topic of global warming while we were talking about the future of transport and we had discussed how transport will play a role in solving global warming by reducing pollution. However, sometimes I feel like these topics are forced at times and don’t feel genuine enough to be productive or learn anything new. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy seeing my favourite fields of study, namely science and engineering, being observed from different aspects and I have learnt how to look at an issue from various perspectives. But I believe that we should have these conversations more naturally and shouldn’t be as augmented as they are in this club. I still enjoy these conversations nonetheless and hope for more conversations like these in the future, just in a more naturally created environment.

Thoughts about student voice at the end of 2 seasons

As I kept going to meetings and collaborating with my friends to work on some of the issues we have around school, I realised that I am helping the community with what I have to offer at these meetings. I enjoyed discussing different issues and how to solve them. Even when we found some inconvenience with the solutions, we ensured that we tackled those and were able to find a better, more feasible solution. I think this activity particularly strengthened my collaboration skills as well as raised my awareness to things around me that are issues for my peers. In a way this activity was very similar to MUN. Instead of representing countries, we represent our respective mentor groups and we discuss what issues we are having and how we can solve them. The only difference is that it is on a smaller scale but I can see the effects of my participation on my school community and I can see that people are recognising our efforts to improve the school life. The issues we talk about are much more relevant to us as students and much more directly applicable to our lives.

In this activity I believe that  I am helping the school community using my skills of collaboration and communication. I think that I have used and further developed these skills in myself through student voice. Understanding the other person’s point of view and trying to help their situation is also something that I am developing on through student voice because the issues we talk about are more personal. Often it can be hard trying to understand what the other person is going through and during stressful times such as those in IB it is important that we as students are there for each other to make our school lives easier. This is why whenever we make any decision we need to discuss it at length, analysing all of its possible affects on our community and what we can do to refine our choices that help those in our school. I look forward to doing student voice and further extending my reach to help my peers next season as well.

2 MUN conferences in 2 seasons

As I have been saying from the start, I have always been dedicated and have fully enjoyed all my MUN experiences and these two conferences have added to my list. For UWCMUN I was in the IMF committee and for MUNOFS I was in JCC. As I am told, both these committees are for more experienced delegates who are more adapted to the formal environment of a MUN conference. Both these committees were fun to take part in because each of them were unique and had their ow

n differences to a typical MUN committee. The IMF committee is the only committee which has the duty to openly speak of expenses and the delegates take form of “directors”. Although this is a slight difference, it changes the premise of the committee and is a unique experience of it’s own. Unfortunately, I had the SAT on the same day so I missed nearly half of the debate. However, despite this absence I was able to grasp the pace of the committee and I was able to develop my communication skills because I had to be more mindful because this committee was much more focused than any other committee I have been in before. We had talked about issues regarding the Chinese debt crisis all the way to cryptocurrencies. All these topics help me expand my base of knowledge regarding issues that are prevalent in our society.

MUNOFS was particularly fun because I had the opportunity to be in this specialised committee where we work in a team of 4. JCC is an exclusive committee where the procedure is nothing at all like nay other MUN committee because there is rarely any formal debate, it is much more informal and the topic of discussion was very interesting – “the nuclear threat posed by the DPRK”. Since we were representing the DPRK, there was a lot of pressure on us

beause the entire committee was focused on us and since it was informal, we felt the pressure. JCC is a very hyper-realistic committee where many different things can happen and I applaud the chairs for making various interesting events occur over the course of our conference. It was really fun because we all came up with creative solutions to issues or sometimes even propagate some other issues if they favoured our stance. This was a really fun committee to be in and I hope that I get the opportunity to be a part of this committee again in the future because I have learnt that in order to be proficient in this committee, I must be a more proactive member and be much more quicker than a normal MUN committee demands. I would also like to extend my MUN experience by being a chair once so that I can understand what that feels like too apart from being just a delegate.

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