PSE: Looking Forward to Grade 12

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

I think it’s important to start preparing as much as I can over the summer. I feel that grade 12 requires a larger amount of time management with higher stakes if certain things aren’t met, so finding time over the summer to incorporate review from grade 11 information and pushing to complete CAS reflections, Extended Essay research and writing, work for IA’s, notes, university essays and application requirements, and study for things like SAT become quite crucial. However, I also believe that grade 12 is quite important because it is the last year of high school, and enjoying the different aspects of being in high school is also my priority. I want to continue in my various extracurriculars and participation in large school events, such as Culturama or Kahaani, because that’s a good way to show school spirit. I think it’ll be a fulfilling year if I can successfully mix my academics with enjoying my school and social life. It’s important to not lose the good in the bad.

Summer Internship

If you imagine yourself at the end of your World of Learning Week internship, how might you know that it has been a success?

  • What might be some things you hope to be more confident in doing at the end of the work experience that you are not as confident doing right now?

Since I’ve never worked in a restaurant before, I’m hoping to develop new skills in working under timed conditions, and being able to memorize and adapt to customers needs. In other words, I’m hoping to be able to learn to my best extent the work that is involved in the different parts of managing a restaurant, including how each person contributes to the overall efficiency.

  • What pieces of evidence might you want to collect to determine the success of your WOL internship?

I’m hoping to be able to take some photos of the restaurant (without having customers in the photos), have some comments from my supervisor, or to have evidence of a learning experience through being able to accomplish a new skill.

  • What challenges might you face and what strategies might you employ in these situations?

My challenges will most likely stem from the fact it is a new environment with new people and new requirements. I think there will be difficulties that just come with being new to something and having to learn many different skills, but I also think there might be challenges with the people itself, as in, working in a restaurant is not as glamorous as it is made out to be, and there may be instances of miscommunication with customers.

  • If you could refine it to one goal, what would be the most important one to pay attention to this summer?

To be adaptable and quick thinking, I believe this will be the most important in helping me, especially since a restaurant can have many inconsistencies.

Here is a list of potential questions I could be asked: 

    • More information about your education and experience
      • Why did you apply?
      • Tell me about yourself?
      • What skills and qualities do you have?
    • Why are you interested? What can you offer?

And I list of potential questions I would ask:

    • How would they define their ideal hire?
    • What does it feel like to work in the company?
    • What is the personality of the people in the team?
    • Information about the pay and uniform

Science Society

I decided to join Science Society because I want to study the sciences in my future, and I was hoping that science society would be a good way to meet others who had similar interests as me. I also thought that it would be a good opportunity to hopefully learn about some interesting new concepts that I otherwise wouldn’t have become exposed to.

The first meeting of Science Society was mainly for introductory purposes: we introduced ourselves and the areas of science we were interested in. We then listened to a presentation and short video clip of the Voyager 1 launch on September 5th 1977. We split into groups to discuss and then make a mini-presentation about a science topic, and my group chose the Wave Particle Accelerator (The formal name: The Large Hadron Collider) in CERN’s research facilities.

Over the past few weeks, we have covered a variety of topics such as Robots and AI, Pulsars, Space Time, and Biomimicry. Each time, we spend the first part listening to a presentation that gives a general overview before then going on the do a small amount of discussion and research in groups to further the discussion. We ask questions about the ethics behind a scientific discovery, or about interesting uses/applications.

For example, this website here has great examples of biomimicry in our everyday lives: including how biomimicry is a part of transportation, structural design (ventilation), and military technology (camouflage).

An Introduction to Grade 11 Life

The three things that I learned while reading through a previous eleventh grade digital portfolio:

Students at UWCSEA are passionate – The sample digital portfolio contained numerous blogs that highlighted different interests and passions that the student has, including her deep interest in the sciences, but also for writing. In her blog posts, while being informative and reflective, it’s simple to see that she is a strong writer. Someone who enjoys using words to create a situation that allows the reader to not just read, but understand. I can see that she’s passionate enough about the sciences to focus her Extended Essay on Biology, but also being creative enough to use Biology in connected with herself, as opposed to a formal science report. Below is a link to her blog post where she shared her personal experience with the topic she chose to study in her Extended Essay.

Students at UWCSEA are committed – The sample digital portfolio focuses on the different CAS commitments that the student currently has, especially her love and commitment to working with different support groups for children with cleft lip and palettes such as SmileAsia. I can easily see that she actively chooses to volunteer with this specific group and concern, and that she chooses to go as far as she can by attending conferences, carnivals, and speaker sessions wherein she is able to contribute and interact with others who share her drive and desire to continue helping the community. Below is just one of her numerous blog posts about the experiences that she was able to have when working with SmileAsia.

Students at UWCSEA are given a variety of options that allow one to customize their life here in and around school – Being new to the school gives such an insight to the privileges and experiences that students here at UWCSEA have. From traveling to other parts of Asia, getting involved in activities within the school, and finding something in the range of options that they love, I’m hoping that since the doors have been open to me now as well, I can become like the students here at UWCSEA, in that I find my passions and my commitments.