Personal goals: As an IB learner, one quality that is predominant in me is to pre plan everything I do and then reflect on it.
My foremost goal would be to be balanced throughout my last DP journey and to meet this goal I have aimed to participate actively in both academic and creative, sportive and service field.
Creativity- For creativity, I have decided to learn an instrument and probably continue it even later. I chose to make this decision because firstly, my creativity would be on a continuity basis and in addition to this, I would be able to work upon my creative skills as well as develop areas for growth by identifying my own strengths by undertaking challenges and hence, developing new skills in the whole process.
Activity- For activity, I have not necessarily aimed for one but rather more. One of them being badminton which I have decided to go occasionally as in this last year, I will do as much as is necessary to keep a balance.
Service- For service, I have set my aim to make a change in the school community and make people aware about the growing concerns about wastage of resources around them. I am a part of the Recycling and Sustainability service and as a leader my prime duty is to stay committed towards my responsibility and to continue awaring and informing people about the issue. Hence, demonstrating engagement and commitment with issues of global significance
CAS project: Initially, I am planning to make an attempt to spread awareness among the school community regarding the importance of recycling via a campaign all around the school; I can also organise a clean up day in collaboration with reef keepers and SGA— which involves educating people about the need to recycle and promote sustainability (initiating and planning a CAS experience).
One simple fundamental that I always follow is that to give your best in whatever you do whether it be sports, academics or art. It is never a good idea to mix up things and reach no conclusion.
“Never stop learning something new because life never stops teaching”
This summer I decided to gain some new skills in a completely new environment that will aid me in future. Therefore under my father’s guidance, I joined his office ‘Lanka IOC at the World Trade Centre” as an intern for a while. Being surrounded with a different group of people and working methods, I learnt the difference between working as an intern and as a student in the class; the difference is the focus of the work i.e. when working in office, one has to work from both the perspective of the office and oneself.
Though there are a lot of sectors one can be educated about a office. But because I went there as an intern without a certified designation, I was given the work as a researcher and was asked to research about Sri Lanka through the perspective of an economist. In the beginning I found it hard to collect the resources but then I came across a book titled “the annual report of Sri Lanka (2016)”. So, along with online sources I also used the report as my primary source. Then following the research, I made a presentation which talk about the research I have done- About Sri Lanka
In addition to this, I also got the opportunity to learn from other co- interns about LIOC and other related tasks in the enterprise. Last but not the least, being an intern was a new and a splendid experience. I learnt to be careful at work and take full responsibility of what is given.
“If you want something you’ve never had, then you’ve got to do something you’ve never done”
Hence, inspired from that quote, I set some goals at the beginning of the course so that I could accomplish them and am now reflecting upon the learning and experience I gained during that adventurous journey.
So to begin with, my foremost goal was be to be balanced throughout my DP journey and to meet this goal I participated actively in both academic and creative, sportive and service field to keep myself physically and mentally fit.
Creativity- For creativity, I decided to learn piano as an instrument so that my creativity would be on a continuity basis and in addition to this, I will be able to work upon my creative skills as well as develop areas for growth by identifying my own strengths by undertaking challenges and hence, developing new skills in the whole process.
Learning Piano enhanced my creativity and concentration power as it is a hard instrument which requires patience. I can now apply to other knowledge and learning areas and experiences. Adding up to creativity: piano classes…
Activity- For activity, I did not necessarily aim for one but rather more. One of them being badminton which I have been working towards since last year. Initially, my aim was to get selected in the school tram. Secondly, I will be looking forward to participate in other activities too.
So, the activities I participated in include body conditioning, Badminton, step dancing and Zumba. All these activities made me stay consistent in physical work out and training in order to keep balance between academics and activity.
From body conditioning to Badminton; this journey from body conditioning to Badminton involved planning ahead by participating in body conditioning in order to train myself for badminton. Secondly, Badminton taught me to be committed and undertake challenges by being a risk taker. Hence, helping me develop area for personal growth and develop new skills in the processSAISA Badminton: hard work and determination pays off. Being in a team requires to have a team spirit and collaborative work. Hence, Badminton taught me the benefits of working as a team and not only as an individual.
Service- For service, I set my aim to make a change in the school community and make people aware about the growing concerns about wastage of resources on and around the OSC campus. I am a part of the Recycling and Sustainability service and as a leader my prime duty is to stay committed towards my responsibility and to continue awaring and informing people about the issues being raised. Recycling and sustainability: train to sustain!
This year was fairly challenging yet successful in terms of the progress we have made; the introduction of new terms and conditions in the canteen i.e. replacing the paper boxes and disposable cutlery with reusable plastic plates and cutlery respectively; then the replacement of the old bins with new, well labeled bins (Plastic/etc., food, paper) all around the school campus. Service goals coming into action: making a change!
Last but not the least, comes up the issue of saving electricity by closing the doors before exiting the canteen or any other classroom, in order to save electricity and reduce carbon emissions. Therefore, me being the leader of the service came up with an idea to print a notice that reads “KINDLY CLOSE THE DOORS” and stick it to the canteen doors.’ Spreading awareness around the school: new challenge!
Hence, demonstrating engagement and commitment with issues of global significance.
Zumba is a Latin-American cardio- dance fitness which involves music and choreographed steps. It was initially created by Colombian dancer and choreographer Alberto “Beto” Perez during the 1990s. Zumba Fitness
Approaching towards the end of the year, propelled me to participate in this one last activity that would keep me fit. Zumba has always been one of my favorite dance forms. It is so because of its form which energizes me along with making my body flexible and fit. Moreover, because in the Diploma course, we don’t have a class for sports anymore, Zumba offered me the opportunity to have a consistent means of workout.
This semester, after accomplishing semester one goals, the new challenge is to spread awareness around the school community and influence them to travel on the same boat as us onto the journey of a sustainable environment and community. So, we as a service and me being the leader of the service came up with several ideas as to how can we ensure that people follow with the new changes and commit to their responsibility as a part of the school community.
So, firstly comes up the issue of saving electricity by closing the doors before exiting the canteen or any other classroom, in order to save electricity and reduce carbon emissions. Therefore, I came up with an idea to print a notice that reads “KINDLY CLOSE THE DOORS”.
Another major problem that needs to be addressed is that of taking and realizing the responsibility as a consumer and as a member of the community i.e. returning the cutlery and the plates to the canteen back and not replacing it or throwing it off into the bins. Therefore, we as a service sat down and had a long discussion on how to raise the awareness among the school community. On the big note, we will be using the next school assembly to raise the issue and initiate our plan.
“Why walk when you can step up and dance”- Ellen Van Dam
This ASA season, I decided to enhance my knowledge upon different dance styles. Therefore, I joined an after school dance activity where Ms. Nelson taught African traditional dance to a group of people. It was very interesting and different from other dance styles. It is known as stepping or step dancing; it originates from (Step Dancing and Stepping). It is a rising art form in which body is used as an instrument to intricate rhythms and sounds through a combination of footsteps, claps and the spoken word. The stepping tradition started in United States by the African miners/fraternities who used movements, words and sound to communicate allegiance to a group.
Though it was very challenging in the beginning, but once I committed towards learning it, I could successfully learn and gain from African culture. Besides learning, it was much fun collaborating with new friends around. This activity could hence, add to my activity part this season and helped me in undertaking challenges and learning new skills in the process.
“The game of life has two participants, spectators and players. Pick one”.
Therefore, I picked to be a player and volunteered to participate in the Gecko factor as a singer. Gecko factor is our School’s annual talent show where people get the open opportunity to perform and out show their talents. Though it was hard initially to perform in front of a lot of people, it served to be a great opportunity for me to engage with the audience and hence, improve my stage skills. In my opinion, having improved stage skills and public speaking aids life long and helps in building up the confidence. Moreover, as I sang a Bollywood song, I was much more comfortable while performing in my own language than I could have been otherwise.
In addition to this, one more skill that I was able to gain was that of performing with full enthusiasm and confidence which enabled me to identify my own strengths and develop areas of growth thereafter.