Do Rules for Social Media Change as You Age?

After watching the video called “Teens explain the rules of social media”, I noticed that many people were focused on the photos and feed that they would want to see, and how they knew the sorts of things that they shouldn’t post, either because of experience or that someone has told them. I resonated with these “rules”, as I could understand that these were important and that some things you shouldn’t do. However, the other article, “When is a child Instagram ready?” made me realise that many people are not taught these rules, and that it is important to show those who do not have that much experience need to have different sets of rules to those who are older or who know a lot more about what should be posted.

Overall I think rules definitely change as you age, because as you get older you understand more about the consequence of your actions.

Personal Statement

As an international student, I feel that I am very empathetic towards people from different cultures and am able to connect with their perspectives. I have gained many experiences collaborating with people of different backgrounds and mindsets, hence, I have a lot of confidence in group work and taking leadership roles in order to help group members come to a consensus with decision making. As a third-culture child, I have been able to gain many skills from working under different environments, as different countries put different goals on students. Transitioning from different schools has been tough, however, it has made me more independent and curious about different cultures. When I lived in Australia, I never believed that I would be moving to another country. There is an immense difference between living in Manila, the Philippines, and Sydney Australia, and adjusting to these differences made me a better person.

My aspiration in life is to be successful. To me, success does not just mean having a lot of money, rather it is finding something that I enjoy and find happiness. I would like to work towards a job relative to science, as of right now medicine, as that is something I am passionate about. My passion for science started when I had my first science lesson in Grade 6, as I was curious about the many ways science can help people. In the Philippines, my dad was part of the rotary, and he organised for heart surgeons from the US to come and perform surgery on children’s hearts that had holes in them. These children lived on Smokey Mountain, a mountain of rubbish in Tondo where people pick rubbish to make a living, earning less than $2 a day. I was fascinated that firstly, there were people who could repair conditions in our bodies with their own hands, and secondly, that people would use their skills for people who cannot afford it so that they can spread their knowledge for people who need it. After that, I started looking more about medicine, and the new aspects they had found about it. My grandfather, a general practitioner, began talking to me about the new findings in medicine and how he spent his life helping people. He told me that a lot of his patients had been going to him for over 40 years, and he continues to do house visits to check up on them. He has never stopped loving his job, and that really inspired me, because spending a life helping people and saving lives, even if it is just making a small improvement, is definitely something I would like to do.

My focus in school is generally on high achievements academically, and doing well in every subject. I am not really sure where this motivation came from, because there has never been very much pressure on me from my parents or teachers, and I have always been self-motivated. I feel that it may have come from the people around me, because if I was ever compared to someone else who was doing well, it gave me a sense of competition and feeling as if I needed to do well also. I felt that I wouldn’t be able to be set apart from others if I didn’t try to keep high grades. However, this meant that I have been able to bounce back from challenges or tough situations. If I performed badly, I was taught self-awareness because it meant that my revision strategy was not working, and that I would need to reflect on what I have been doing. Focusing on achieving good grades has taught me a lot about looking back on what I have done and how I can learn from my mistakes.

Something that changed my perspective this year was when I went on my Grade 9 Expedition to Sichuan, China. It was both a challenging and eye-opening experience. As not everything went as planned, we learnt about resilience and how to overcome difficult experiences. During this time, we had an unfortunate experience with the weather, as it had snowed to the point where the temperature was too cold for our equipment. Many of us were a bit disappointed that we had to return the way we came, however, it was a great learning opportunity for us. I learnt to make the most out of the opportunities given to me. While we had to go down, it allowed us to have a great bonding experience and experience other activities we wouldn’t have been able to participate in otherwise. This showed me that I need to use what I have to make the best out of whatever situation, because though it may not be ideal, it is out of my control and I have to now do the best I can to improve the situation.

Overall, this year was full of events that have let me grow in my learning. I have experienced many new aspects such as starting the IGCSE course, Grade 9 trips, and examinations, and they have taught me many skills ranging from resilience to the ability to reflect on my achievements and setbacks.



Should Video Game Study Be Compulsory?

After a number of debate videos and research, my perspective has still stayed quite similar. I don’t believe that video games should be a compulsory subject because they could take away time spent on academics that should be prioritised. I do believe that video games would be beneficial to our learning, as one of the researchers stated that video games provide a basis for our learning. She said that video games spark curiosity and need for an explanation, which can then provide a better basis for understanding. I believe that video games can be used for other purposes outside of academics and school, but students should not be forced to take a subject that may distract students from more important aspects. Another researcher stated that online therapy was less beneficial that human interaction, which is what should be focused on at school.


Design Basics
Rough Draft
Thinking About My Client

I want my logo to communicate the questions that Writer’s Fortnight will provoke as well as the meaning and importance of participating in Writer’s Fortnight. In an empathy map activity we did, we showed 4 different aspects that will help the students understand the aims of WF. These included doing, feeling, influences, and success. In doing, we said it was important that the questions you ask are open-ended, which relates to the influences and successes because in doing so will inspire students to gain the answers they need. Overall, I think the logo should be aimed at thought-provoking students to be inspired to ask good questions and gain answers they need.

Digital Perspective: Is your phone a digital extension of you?

After researching and reading two articles, we found some key points talking about the “Digital You”. From these points, we narrowed it down to two, and finally one. This was that our phones are digital extensions of ourselves.

We came up with this question because as individuals, we are generally very attached to our phones, as they are our own and we do not share them with anyone else. They are also very valuable, not only in the object itself but the information inside it. However, this is not the only reason phones are a digital extension of ourselves. Our phones are completely personalised from the apps we have on our phone all the way to social media. We came to this question because reading about how phones are connected to us made us question how much they represent who we are. We realised that they have a lot of connection to us because of the choices we make relating to what is on our phone.

To answer this question, we need to take some things into consideration. For example, we might need to ask what information on our phones about ourselves is so important. Is the attachment to our phones dangerous or unhealthy? What are the implications of having so much of ourselves portrayed in a device that we could lose or break at any time?

We also need to make sure that we have proper reasoning. An obstacle we could come across is how we gain information about people’s use of their phones and how they connect with them. If we said that everyone’s personalities are portrayed in their phones, this would be wrong, because many different people have different relationships with their phones. Not everyone is as attached to their phones as others.

This question is extremely relevant to 9th graders due to the majority of people having a strong relationship with their phones. Most of the students in our grade would have a phone that shows a lot of their personality, and this could be shown through the apps they have and even their phone backgrounds or camera roll. Grade 9s should be thinking about this at the moment because there is a lot of information on their phones, and that information is very valuable, and this could be lost at any time.

Digital Perspectives: User Manual

I value respect when making decisions, so that no one is left out of the decision making process. I also value equal distribution of work, so no one is doing nothing or all the work, and so that everyone can participate.

Something that can support me in group work is to communicate well and to keep on task so that we can get work done efficiently and on time. This is important because without communication there could be many disagreements about what we are doing and then we might not get work done as fast. Proper collaboration is also important as is means that everyone has an equal part in the task.

I am good at working on aspects such as presentations and design, because I am good at implementing ideas into these through photos and icons. I need to get better at learning how to organise online materials effectively so that I can access them quickly and easily.

Something people misunderstand about me when we are working together is that I am dictating the group, however, this is just because I like to take a leadership role and am confident in making these decisions.

In group tasks, I am generally more extroverted and I like to take leadership roles. You may notice that I like to take initiative to get group work done, as that is what I prefer because I am able to help manage what is being done and making sure it is being done efficiently.


TWC2: What is the best way to defeat discrimination?

I do find it quite appalling that there is a large amount of discrimination against transient workers, as Seema said. However, I think there needs to be more of an awareness of where these feelings towards the workers come from because I feel that in order to make the citizens treat everyone equally, their concerns need to be addressed.

It is completely unjustifiable for an employer to abuse their employee, and that is something that needs action. The reason citizens might stay away or have a prejudice against these workers could be because they associate them with occurrences in their countries. I know many people have concerns due to the fact that crimes such as rape or kidnap are at a much higher rate than in Singapore, meaning they feel that this is something that could be brought over to this country. That is why I think the population needs to learn more about this and that just because it might happen more in another country does not mean that the workers should be associated with these rates. Doing this might help people feel a lot more comfortable around transient workers, and not discriminate against them because of a label they might put on the workers.

The Cause

So what do you think is the best way to stop inequality against transient workers?

Deborah Emmanuel: Going through life one poem at a time

The talk by Deborah Emmanuel was a talk that really stuck with me. The way she expressed her emotions and experiences through poetry was very insightful, as they were full of insight and emotion. I think the reasons her poetry stuck with me was because what she went through seemed like very traumatic and sad experiences, but the way she looks at them is different. Rather than simply telling it the way it happened, she would compare it to an element of nature or tell it as a metaphor. This gave the story an aspect of suffering and pain, as well as an aspect of beauty on how the poems are so deeply engraved with emotion and thought. The aspect of spoken word also has a very powerful effect on the listeners, I think. When you are hearing a first-hand account of something that you cannot yourself imagine going through, it is hard to understand how the speaker must be feeling. However, when poetry is involved, the meaning is captured through many different examples and metaphors, as well as emotion derived from the voice, the audience is able to have another sense of awareness of what the speaker must have been going through. That is why the thing that struck out to me most was the sense of deep emotions and meanings that can be brought out of a poem.

Robyn Hayes: Ending Child Marriage Through Photography

Today we heard human rights activist and photographer Robyne Hayes speak to us about the issues regarding child marriage, as well as what she does to make a change. Her talk really surprised me, as the things she shared with us were shocking and made me understand what is going on in the other side of the world. I already knew about child marriage, but the way Robyne Hayes used her photography to show us the girls and their stories was really powerful. This made me understand the power of photos and how they can impact how we react to a story. She said something I found interesting which was that her friends and family were not really interested in what she did until she showed them her photos. She said that her photos give another layer of meaning to the issue because people actually get to see the people who are faced with this problem. I agree with this, because I think that it is things like photos of people that stay in our minds long after the story has been told, because we can actually imagine that person in that situation. Photos also seem to give a level of evidence that this is actually happening. Many of Robyne Hayes photos were of girls beating the discrimination and stereotypes that are set in their culture. Seeing those photos made me realise that the programs she is associated with are really making a change and helping end child marriage. Overall, her talk helped me open up to different means of storytelling, as well as understand the tragic cases of child marriage that still occur in many different places around the world.

“Photography is powerful. In an instant, a single image can create empathy, heighten awareness and be the catalyst for change.”

Chetan Bhagat: From Banker to Change Maker

We had the opportunity to listen to Chetan Bhagat today, and he was able to share many inspiring tips and advice, as well as make us all laugh! To start off with, Chetan was a banker and had worked in a number of banks, though he was never really happy about this job. So he started to write books, which he found a passion for. He explained to us in a jokingly manner the stories he had when making a transition to a career as an author, saying that he always knew change was what he wanted to achieve. He also knew that if he were to make a change, he would need to spread the message to a lot of people. He said, “There are two kinds of people: Winners who do it better than others, and winners who change the game.”, as he explained that to reach goals, one must learn how to reinvent by changing aspects of a path. After this, he started talking about success. “Success is different for different people” he explains, after asking many people what they define as success. He said that it is important to understand the difference between short effort goals and long effort goals, and what you need to do to achieve them. This talk about success really helped me understand that while it is easy to make a goal, it takes more effort than people might think. This resonates with me, as there have been many times when I have told myself I am going to do something, but never reach it because I do not have a clear plan of what I will do moving forward. His speech motivated me to take these “steps to success” in the future because in a very competitive world it is hard to achieve big things without taking specific steps towards them.

Achieving big things:

  1. Setting a clear goal
  2. Find reasons behind that goal
  3. Find a group with similar goals
  4. Have detailed action plan – step-by-step plan
  5. Have a setback dealing mechanism
  6. Have faith

Tips for success:

  1. Have low expectations and over deliver
  2. Reinvent
  3. Passion in intent shows
  4. Have patience
  5. Make partnerships
  6. Humility
  7. Surround yourself with motivational things
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