May 2018 archive

Project Week

Project week is a key part of learning at UWC, we learn to plan an entire trip with at least 2 of the elements of CAS, we are told to plan everything all by ourselves. In a sense project week is the first step to growing up.

The planning stages of Project Week have been very difficult, a major problem we faced was our service, when we found a service that was close to where we were doing our activity we had a complication, this was that there was another group at UWC aiming to do that exact same service. Both of our groups wanted to do the same service and unfortunately there was a regulation that no two groups can stay at the same accommodation at the same time therefore, we had to figure out a way for both groups to do the service whilst not staying at the accommodation they provided at the same time, this service was in a province that didn’t have many hotels and the service provider provided us with accommodation if we were doing service there.

This was one of the major issues we faced in relation to the planning process as it was very difficult to find dates that suited both groups. Luckily we figured out a way for the other group to go before us and for us to go after them allowing us to both do the service whilst not staying at the same accommodation.

EE Day Reflection

One thing I’ve learned….

I have learnt how to properly structure my world studies extended essay and properly connect both my subjects in a way that is not too dominated by one, as well as this I have learnt the psychological theories I need to incorporate within my essay to help enhance what I am talking about. Not only that but, I have also figured out how to write a world studies essay using the criteria we are given.

What I’m proud of…..

I am proud of how much research I have conducted today and the amount I have learnt, as well as this I am proud of the fact that I have a clear direction in which I am heading in terms of my Extended Essay.

What I’ll be doing next…..

The thing I need to start focusing on now is collating articles and analysing them to fit with the research I have conducted on written media, I must also start physically writing my Extended Essay.

EE Reflective Conversation

So far the Extended Essay process has been one that required me to step out of my comfort zone. I am doing an English and Psychology Extended Essay. I knew I wanted to  explore anxiety and depression and their causes in this day and age, as these two mental disorders are ones that affect people in lasting ways. To undertake my research I sifted through articles that relate to school shootings and I researched into the impacts that reading such traumatic news has on humans. So far the problems I have faced are that there are not many articles relating the two ideas I am exploring, this being the psychological impacts of reading negative news. There are research pieces on anxiety and depression and the triggers these have, and there are articles about the impacts of negative news but, I am unable to find research pieces on the psychological impact of reading negative news (such as school shootings).