Here is the reflection video I made, in this video a talk about my NYAA experience in grade 9.
Here is the reflection video I made, in this video a talk about my NYAA experience in grade 9.
You may or may not have seen the saga of posts I have made dedicated to this service. But from the title of this post, I believe that you’ll be able to deduce the aim of this post. In this post, I strive to inscribe the experience that ReCycle has given me over it’s two term course. What I’ve found challenging, learned and what I enjoyed.
First of all I would like to say that this service was a service rife with opportunities for learning. In the beginning I wast simply a zygote in the expansive world of bike systems. As soon as I begin to work on my first bike, it was a mess disassembling the parts. I was left with an amalgam of nut, bolts and confusing machinery.
The process being complicated, I naturally went to Mr. Willams seeking help. From this I learned how to replace a tyre, how to fully disassemble a bike, reattach a chain and how to remove the braking system from a bike. With this information, I was quickly able to finish refurbishing my bike and assist with many other people.
From my efforts I learned about the methods of building a bike and the different ways they can function. This new information was not only rewarding to learn, but also taught me the use of many different tools. Being able to use these tools turned me sanguine with curiosity.
Furthermore, working on these bikes brought me in close proximity to many different people, who’s perspectives were not only unique but enhancing to my experience. I am glad to say that I was able to make new friends, who’s input I now have the benefit of using.
Overall, I feel like I have been giving the access to opportunity of many new future prospects with this service. The challenges I have faced have not only calloused my hands with experience, but brought me many new friendships and learnings that shall be cherished for years to come
Throughout all of my academic career, I have always felt I had an affinity for science. I feel like this is due to the long gruelling hours my parents had encouraged me to do as a child. Although this past experience may push some people to hold a certain subject in bad taste. I highly enjoyed it, I felt as if the vast expansive knowledge there is about science peaked my interest. Yet I do show remorse in the perforation of subjects, making myself seldom devoted the sciences. I think that I should continue to follow this policy, in order to maintain a healthy balance between grades. But realising that I have a strong liking towards sciences I want to discover how strong my likes are. Possibly opening up promising future career options.
I don’t know how all of these statements translate directly on to my aspirations. But I believe that the most logical and straight forward approach, is to extend my time spent on the subject. This might mean taking into the higher level sciences, as these classes would provide me with the catharsis that comes from learning the sciences. Yet only placing myself in a nurturing habitat won’t help me. I have to take great strides in education off my own volition, otherwise the attempt at bettering myself would be in vain. This would mean I have to average 7’s in the HL science courses I take.
Overall, I believe that furthering my appreciation for science would provide me with a prolific array of skills that I require to acquire accomplishments I desire in my future. This means that I will be taking up HL Chemistry and HL Biology. It would also require me pushing myself to accomplish high grades in science. This may mean I devote more time to studies, as I would have to compensate for the increased work load I intend to take. Yet it would be a sacrifice that I am willing to take, in the name of bettering myself.
Never fail just learn.
English has always been one of my favourite subjects. Considering its vast structure of vocabulary and how even the most minute differences of wording has the ability to change the entire configuration of a sentence. In english we have been working on our descriptive writing capabilities. Firstly we decided to write piece describing any single person and their presence, whether they were fiction or not. These first two paragraph is my attempt at such.
A grim shadowy dark figure is confided in a small chair, equipped with an ominous gargoyle grey jacket with a large zip biting through his torso, only his head appears visible aside his drab clothing. Although his head is almost reflective in it’s manner, his bald oval dome sets a demeanor of aggression and despicableness. His attire is unkempt and shaggy, the furs of his jacket coaxed an a foreign an unfamiliar canine fur. A wool scarf sprawled around his neck, decorated with bold stripes of black and grey, weaved by someone with a lack of experience but clearly embedded with love. His bottom half proceeds with the theme and delicate pair of silk black pants, with fine white porcelain white lines running through. They leads everyone’s eyes to a dagger like pair of classic shoes, their ends being cartoonishly sharp. Although most of his regalia exudes elegance and installs an ambiance of finesse in the room, he resides in the waiting room of a ballet class.
After the class had come to close what appeared to be his three young daughters, beaming with joy at the sight of their fatherly figure. His shy and hidden position, folded outwards as he stretched his daunting thin legs. They surprisingly held up up his bulbous radish-like torso, and as he paced towards his children so meticulously, the rooms eyes followed. When arrived he stood poised with tremendous power, his chest bursting with competence. His bushy and furred eyebrows perked up in judgment, his paper thin lips part ways in path of speech. The audience stare sternly in suspense for his verdict.
After honing our skills, I learnt that my use of words such as “aggressive” and “cartoonish” were extremely vague, and my lack of metaphors didn’t supply the reader with a relative presence. After learning these things; we decided to choose a singular photo and proceed to construct a small excerpt on the photo, the photo I had chosen was one of the outdoor school balcony hallways that have been embedded in vines. After this piece I feel much more confident in my descriptive writing skills.
The path omits tranquility, it’s vast emptiness only graced by the soft precipitation of snow flakes of beige, a moonshine grey webs in between. Life seems to be dormant here, it’s only residents being stubborn and old cedement. But as you step through, the walls faces sparkle in surprise, as their crumbling lives are seldom witness to a visitor. Their tired eyes blinking in shock, they sway with dance, fluttering in unpredictable patterns they reem with joy. Parallel to the palpitations of the walls you notice a harlequin green dancer her partner holding her tightly with firm grey hands, their dance a passionate salsa. As they intertwine and spin in perfect succession you notice the illuminate the path. Walking through and looking down at your pacing members they seem tiny. Like waves leaning against a gargantuan cliff side, tides repetitively marching through the path.
My high school life has just recently struck upon an abundant source of joy and pride. ReCycle, a service that specialises in the refurbishing of unwanted bicycles has made feel extremely accomplished. In the service I am forced to use my hands in order to break down the bikes and then subsequently put them back together. The experience given by the service is not only extremely fulfilling, but directly helps maintain the schools goal of being sustainable.
So far in the service we have split up into small groups branching off into separate bicycles, I myself have assisted in the rebuilding of two bikes. Along the path of this accomplishment I have founded new friendships and strengthened old ones. These relationships have been extremely fruitful in supplying me with further improving myself
So far this service has been extremely successful, and I strive to be a further part in it. In it’s future I hope that I can help everyone in the service, maintain a sustainable behaviour, and gain a stronger knowledge of building bikes.
This is a project that I have been working on in PE class. I feel like I would like to share this impromptu analysis video, as I feel confident in my analysis of my skill. I would also like to showcase it as humorous amateur video. Although I think I highlighted my skills very well, I was infatuated in my hubris and barely glanced over my flaws. I now know that in future situations similar to this one, I need to have a more nuanced perspective.
I have thoroughly enjoyed my entire NYAA experience up-till now, I have found it to be an enriching journey that has taught me a plethora of new features about myself. I specifically have enjoyed the blog posts, because I have now gained a strong sense of self reflection and drive for improvement from it. I also found going outside of school to attain my service goals to be an amusing activity, what originally thought was going to be annoying, became an extremely prideful chain of actions.
Although the experience has left me brimming with glee, I have found it to be occasionally difficult to keep up with the portfolio post quota, as I have been just newly adjusted to the busy lifestyle of an ex middle-schooler. But in the transition, many flaws have found egress from within. Although these flaws have become exposed, I feel like writing drafts and posting about it has made myself more aware and given me the ability to oppose my flaws.
Overall I think that although at the beginning I found the NYAA to be a daunting challenge. I have come to appreciate it for being able to improve myself.
It is said that no one truly knows a nation until one has been inside its jails. A nation should not be judged by how it treats its highest citizens, but its lowest ones.”
― Nelson Mandela
The early expansion
America’s prison system has been failing to fulfil its main purpose: reduce the rate of crime. From 1970 to 2010 there was a protuberant growth in the prison population from “196,000 to 1,570,000”. This not only shows society hasn’t leashed themselves from crime in fear of incarceration but also that the prison system is failing to complete its purpose of redefining the convicts of the society. These inadequacies started from when President Ronald Reagan decided to administrate the war on drugs act, the incarceration rates skyrocketed in the 1980s. The overflow of inmates encouraged the government to seek help from the CCA, whose role was to make maintenance cost cheaper for the government and take a percentage for themselves. What ensued was what could only be expected from a corporate enterprise running government business.
The hostile invasion
Prisons were mass produced all across the nation, starting in Tennessee, over a six-year gap another sixty-six were included. Even though these prisons had been introduced; a study from the NYU school of law state that “since 2000, the effect on the crime rate of increasing incarceration has been essentially zero”. The astounding proof surrounding the conclusion that prisons have no effect on the crime rate is due to the CCA using disturbing practices to profit as much as possible. For example, phone calls from inside the prison can cost up to fifteen dollars, this is due to firms exploiting the monopoly imparted in these systems. The CCA would then treat prisons as simple goods instead of the important institution it is. The co-founder of the CCA stated that “You just sell prisons like you were selling cars or real estate or hamburgers.” This mentality has caused the CCA to disregard the needs of keeping prisoners imprisoned. Instead, they operate using cheaper solutions, like hiring fewer workers and cheaper facilities. Justice policy state that “Private prison employees earn an average of over $5,000 less than their government-employed counterparts and receive 58 fewer hours of training.” This behaviour is downright unethical, as it treats prisoners with no respect. As you can see inadequacy is a bountiful commodity in private correctional facilities. As it is not limited to only the staff and facilities, but also the corrections programs in which they say they specialise. Interview data gained from actual prisoners show that most prisoners that went into private prison GED programs only enrolled in one three hour class a day, whereas prisoners in government DOCs enrolled in full-day education programs. This shows that the CCA has been unable to properly do their job. And the very name that they’ve built is a complete lie.
These numbers and evidence should point to the conclusion, that the CCA is staying true to their promise of lowering the cost of incarceration for the government. But that would be false, a NY Times article states that sustaining a person in prison “cost about the same as they do in state-run prisons.” Along with that, a study was done by the Arizona Department of Corrections state that in order to mask their cheap behaviour, private prisons use healthy inmates only. The state representative calling it “cherry picking.” A cheaper method of functioning and at the same cost means that the CCA must make a hefty profit, and that would be true. In 2015 the CCA made 1.8 billion dollars. This profuse amount of money is gained from the fact that one-fifth of America’s inmates are in for-profit facilities. Secondly, on August 18, 2016. An undercover investigation was conducted in Huntsville, Texas by their office of inspector general showed that private prisons were “less safe, less effective, and more expensive than government-run facilities”. And an expose covered by Mother Jones stated that the CCA is the second largest for-profit system in the US!
The CCA has also figured out a way to keep the routine continuous, a study done states that private prisons give out twice as many infractions. The reasoning behind this is that the CCA is paid on how full their facilities are, a situation in Arizona occurred when the private facility didn’t make it’s 97% fulfilment quota; and contracts emplaced forced the state to pay a 3 million dollar fine. This contract encourages indigent states to keep prisoners from leaving on loosely grounded reasons. Not only is this extremely unethical, but it also debases inmates that have tried hard to improve and left them with no desire for betterment.
Overall it’s safe to say that the US government made a huge mistake employing the “efforts” of the CCA. They have proven to have intent in only maximising marginal profits. There has been example after example of them cutting corners, and deceiving the government at the expense of the prisoners. But after knowing this what could you do to this huge problem, right? Wrong, your input is invaluable. Your input doesn’t have to be intense protests, strikes or fasting. Whether it’s simply blogging about the problem or advocating it to friends and family; getting the information out about this tragedy is a great step in the right direction.
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Stepping into this session I knew I was going to witness an extremely gritty and challenging life, someone who has devoted their life to others. Although my expectations were high, I was still overwhelmed by the immense good will of Fiona Herbert.
Her job, a child protector in Kenya demands so much from her, and yet she provides and provides. She has worked with many local NGOs in Kenya that provide shelter, sanitation and education. Originally she worked in the London burrows, with little child protection experience.
She states that the living conditions of the slums, encourage a huge HIV rate, each slum harbouring an underdeveloped society of millions. And the sad part is not only that tourists acknowledge this more than the government, most disregard the huge MEDC portion of Kenya. Whereas the government only regards them, in order to maintain a positive image of Kenya the government doesn’t push to citizens to help the situation, along with that; the NGOs get little to no support from the government. Living from paycheque to paycheque also pushes away potential volunteers.
The verdict I have reached is that UNICEF has done so much to assist the nation, that it’s now the time when Kenya is approaching a uniform MEDC.