I am participating in Kahaani this season, an upcoming dance show held yearly by Kolkata GC(which supports visually impaired children in Kolkata, India). The girls that they support love to dance and hence, this event is held for them. In previous years, students have performed blindfolded and the girls have flown in to Singapore to perform in school for Kahaani.
I have been placed in the dance group representing South India. This year Kahaani will be based on Cinderella and the prince’s search to find her as he travels through multiple states in India.(Kahaani translates to story in Hindi!). One of the dance forms used in my dance is one that I have experience in, Bharatnatyam, and it has been nice to connect with it again. This is is, however, my first time dancing to traditional south Indian music and I will need to work on adjusting my facial expressions according to it. I will be performing during the classical portion of the piece(the other is folk).
Attached below is a picture of our rehearsal at the beginning of the process.
My Myers Briggs personality type is ENFJ-T; the protagonist. The two components that stood out to me the most are F for feeling and T for turbulent. The ratio of Thinking to Feeling for me is 49% to 51%. I’ve always been confused as to which one of these I am as although I believe in making the most pragmatic choices, at times, I can be very impulsive. This sheds light on the 65% I received for turbulent as I am constantly torn when it comes to making important decisions(I tend to overthink) and am very rarely assertive, this is affirmed by the weaknesses of my personality type.
The strengths of my personality type include being reliable, altruistic and a natural leader. The two others are tolerant and charismatic which I don’t entirely agree with, I don’t find it that easy to communicate with strangers and warm up to them. I see myself as an ambivert-tilting more towards the introverted side-however, this quiz gave me a higher percentage for being extraverted. I do agree with the fact that we are unafraid to stand up for what we believe in, I think that is one of the most important things in life, we should always do what is right. I also completely agree with fluctuating self esteem as a weakness; this has an impact on my mood and work ethic.
Although I am not very convinced with the career paths(Politics is something I am actively avoiding), I do understand the possibility of being HR administrators or event co-ordinators. Basically, helping community or organization to operate more smoothly.
Overall, this personality type has helped me understand more about myself.
This season we focused on photojournalism and learned a variety of skills. The importance of the rule of thirds, varying the height of your photos and how the size of shots can help you tell your story. We were given the opportunity to go around school and apply what we had learned. Here are the photos I managed to take with the tips given to us:
We grasped the clear distinction between news, photojournalism and editorials. Additionally, we learned about expectations when in the field of journalism and some stories regarding it.
This year I chose to be a part of Tabitha, a Global Concern that aims to help the people of Cambodia escape their cycle of poverty amongst many other objectives. We sell the silk products the women in Cambodia make as well as books at holiday fairs in order to raise money. So far, we have been worked on our poster as well as our service goal setting and we have been keeping ourselves updated.
Some of the students in the GC are embarking on a house-building trip to Cambodia to reach out to Tabitha and hence, our primary goal for the past few months has been to raise money for it. A high school theatre production was running week long this month and our GC decided to step up to sell snacks before and during the show.
Several of my peers and I volunteered to stay back after school one day to mass bake in the food labs. I took on the responsibility to bake shortbread along with a few of my friends. We all had to work as a team and help each other out; whether it was to find the appropriate utensil or to tidy up the place in the end. We managed to bake quite an assortment of food.
The day of the sale we learned how to make infused water. We put posters up of our GC and advocated for our cause. The sale happened incredibly fast as people came swarming in. That week helped us to work towards our ultimate goal. We have planned for similar events in the future.
Towards the end of Season 1 my biggest accomplishment was publishing an article in community news for CultuRama, one of the most anticipated events in school. Here’s the link: https://perspectives.uwcsea.edu.sg/community-news/culturama-2018-celebrates-panorama-cultures. (Update: I just found out it has been published in the Dunia magazine!!)
^^A small snippet of the article. As I too was a part of the show, I was able to experience the full magnitude of it through rehearsals and witness the phenomenal impact it had on the school(tickets completely sold out, the entire community wanting to contribute in whichever way possible). As my peers published articles too, we spent time reviewing each others articles and we also came up with ideas for interesting highlights for our school’s Instagram page, another medium of keeping the UWC community updated about school events.
LO2-Demonstrate that challenges have been undertaken, developing new skills in the process.
I am currently enrolled in the Pop Piano course at Yamaha. I began the course back in 8th grade but had a gap over a year as they dissolved our group class. I have been taking individual lessons since this January.
I see myself as someone who is musically inclined, hence, I love playing the piano. This course is different from the regular ABRSM graded courses. It consists of a wide repertoire of popular melodies, Latin styles and contemporary music.
Over the years, I have been able to keep track of my strengths and weaknesses. Earlier I used to struggle with playing with both hands and I only just got rid of the habit of using a pencil to write down the notes on a sheet of music. There is still loads of room for improvement, practice is key!
I recently printed out sheets for Alan Walker’s Faded, a song I intend to learn myself. I am very excited to be learn it although it poses as a challenge. In the past, I have taken up this initiative and it has given me great pleasure to be able to play some of my favourite tunes.
In class, I just finished the piece Scarborough fair-a Scottish folk song which gave me a glimpse of music from another culture. Currently, I am tackling Edelweiss, a song from the movie, The Sound Of Music!
LO5-Demonstrate the skills and recognise the benefits of working collaboratively.
We’ve visited the Bedok peace haven centre run by the salvation army two times now. It is a day centre where the elderly are cared for: they engage in exercises to remain healthy, they are provided meals and medical assistance and most importantly, genuine support so that they do not experience loneliness.
So far, we have been planning activities that we want to conduct and have taken a tour of the space available to perform them. We have had engaged in conversation with their physiotherapist, Andrew and a woman who works there. They were able to give us some valuable inputs about the people, their interests and the past experiences they have had with other students. Their advice enabled us to carry out more efficient planning. Everyone in the team is actively contributing, we all have ideas and have been able to point out shortcomings in our plan, thereby helping each other.
We completed this task in our service session, brainstormed and shortlisted numerous activities. I have taken up the responsibility of communications officer, I will be maintaining the portfolio of our service and will be in regular contact with the people in charge at the centre. I’m excited to go to the peacehaven centre and for the sessions to come!