Hello and welcome to my iPortfolio! My name is Sabrina Roberts and I am currently a Grade 10 student at CDNIS. I have created this iPortfolio to showcase my learning successes over the past few years. Below, I have posted my cover letter, resume and justifications as to why I demonstrate the IB Learner Profile.
My Cover Letter:
IB Learner Profile Traits –
To be balanced means to understand the importance of balance to achieve personal well being. I participate in a range of activities outside of school. For example, in the past 2 years, I have been playing on 5 different soccer teams in the same season and in total training around 42 hours a week. I have also played in local and international tournaments as a representative for Hong Kong while keeping my school grades and other commitments at bay. The image shown below is the my player badge from a tournament in Malaysia. Another example is my participation in the Junior Wind Band at the Academy of Performing Arts in Hong Kong. I have been playing the French Horn there for three years. The video below is of our winter concert. Being a participant in these extra curricular activities has given me experiences to grow as a person. Being a part of these activities also shows that I understand the importance of intellectual, physical and emotional balance.
Example #1 – (photo of my player badge at an international tournament)
Example #2 – (video of band performance)
Being principled means that you are honest and accept the consequences of you’re actions. I believe I demonstrate this as I respect the dignity of others. As shown below, I wrote a email to my SEASAC(South East Asia Student Activities Conference) soccer coach, asking to be withdrawn from being chosen to go to a SEASAC tournament. I felt it was unfair to others to be considered to go to the tournament if I was others had contributed more than I did. My coach responded and told me that I have integrity. This demonstrates me taking responsibility and accepting the consequences of my actions. Secondly, I respected the dignity of my national team soccer coach, even when she was in the wrong. She has always victimised me (see personal statement below). However, I knew that she wanted to be honoured and respected by the rest of the team, so I did not answer back to her insults. Because of my integrity and respect for others, I am principled.
Example #1 – (email to coach)
Example #2 – (personal statement)
US Personal Statement- Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure. How did it affect you, and what lessons did you learn?
I never thought I was good enough to play for the Hong Kong National Team, so when I got scouted I was both shocked and overjoyed. I had an impression that I would suddenly become a professional player, but I’ve realised that it isn’t so glamourous.
Being the only foreign team member showed its challenges. Even though I could understand cantonese, the coach spoke at an extremely fast pace and I had difficulty understanding. When I asked to clarify, she would become frustrated. I felt guilty for inconveniencing her, so I would follow along instead. Her frustrations towards me developed when I missed steps during drills. I was constantly yelled at and victimised.
Once, we traveled to a training camp in China. I was exhilarated for the professional training that awaited us. However, my spirits were dampened when the coach became even more harsh towards me. While stretching, she punished me for not pushing myself by throwing a bottle at me. She also commented that I would never be able to improve and shouldn’t bother trying.
Her actions hurt me. I had been raised in an environment where there bullying wasn’t an issue and my mentors were caring and respectful towards me. I wasn’t used to it and so stayed in a state of disbelief. I tried my best to ignore the comments and focus on soccer.
The final climax was over a lunch break between training sessions. I was sitting with a group of friends at a table nearby. My coach asked if I played any sports other than soccer.
“I played field hockey and touch rugby when I was younger”.
“Have you ever tried dance or ice skating? You aren’t suitable for soccer anyway”.
The word “suitable” stabbed me in the heart. My shoulders slumped and the wall that I had previously used to block the comments had collapsed. I broke down inside but also couldn’t let her see my weakness.
“No, I like playing soccer” I retorted.
I ran to my dorm room at the training facility. Being told that I wasn’t “suitable” for the one thing that I believed I was good at, the one thing that I loved and the one thing that I had devoted all my time to had deteriorated my self confidence. I promised myself I wouldn’t stop playing soccer.
My coach’s words gave me determination to prove her wrong. I was now empowered and desperate to perform well and improve. I made sure to be present at training sessions and matches, even if I wasn’t chosen to play. I wanted to prove I would stick to my passion, no matter what.
I’ve realised that soccer is where I’ve gained the self confidence to become the person that I am. Self-belief is the most important and others shouldn’t be able to take that away from me. I also strongly believe that doing what you love is the only thing that makes you happy. I could never imagine myself doing anything else instead of soccer. Sticking with my gut feeling and believing in myself has proved that to me. I don’t need acknowledgement from others in order to define my strengths and weaknesses. These should be self-defined and the only way to happiness is believing in yourself and allowing yourself to make these decisions.
Being knowledgeable means that the student is interested in and develops an understanding of issues across a range of disciplines. I am knowledgeable because I am interested in issues on both a local and global level. For instance, for my personal project, I worked on a research project regarding whether or not GMO’s should be implemented in developing countries in South East Asia. From this project, I was able to explore the significance GMOs would potentially have in the region and the significance of the impacts. Through the research, I gained in-depth knowledge on the topic. I also enrolled myself in a Cambridge Summer Course titled “Making Poverty History”. I demonstrated the Knowledgeable learner profile trait through developing knowledge on methods to tackle and eradicate poverty. This was done through a variety of lenses, including economic, social and political. The Cambridge professor who was teaching the course believer that I was successful and therefore awarded me with a full scholarship to the program. This shows that I was truly knowledgeable.
Example #1 (personal project video)
Example #2 (certificate of participation)
Communicators are able to communicate in two or more languages. I am fluent in English, Cantonese and Mandarin. The first example of this is my ability to communicate through text in Mandarin. In the diary entry I wrote, I am recounting on an event that occurred when I visited Beijing, China. The diary entry demonstrates my ability to express myself in the language through creative means. I am also able to communicate in Cantonese. Three out of four of the soccer teams that I play on are conducted in Cantonese. This means that I communicate and collaborate with my teammates and coach in Cantonese. The text messages below show communication off the pitch, where we are asking if anyone will be late to training. Because I am using multiple languages for multiple purposes with groups of people, I am a communicator.
Example #1 (diary entry)
今天，有三位學生在機場見面。第一個學生就是子齊，他個子高高的，眼大大，帶著一副黑框的眼鏡。它大大方方地對大家說：「我叫自齊，很高興能認識你們。」第二個學生就是健雄，它肥肥胖胖的，看起來很強壯，眼睛不聽懂看希望。他大聲地叫起來：「我叫健雄，你們可以救我「胖猴子」！」第三個學生就是明美，他瘦瘦弱弱的，戴著一副粉紅色的小眼鏡，看起來像一只小兔子。她細細小小聲地說：「我叫明美 . . . . . . .」
Example #2 (text message conversation with my teammates)
Those who are open-minded accept and appreciate traditions, cultures and values of others. I am open-minded because I appreciate a variety of cultures. For instance, when I visited Taiwan for a summer immersion camp, I was exposed to the Taiwanese culture. I was open to the incense traditions as well as the new foods. I was not complaining and was instead excited for the new experiences. I was successful at the camp, the photo below shows me receiving my scholarship certificate from my teacher in Taiwan. Also, when I played in an international tournament for Hong Kong, I was paired up with a local Hong Konger as my roommate (see photo below). Coming from a eurasian family, there were many Cantonese lifestyle traditions that my mom had never put in place. I was able to appreciate the cantonese language and cleanliness that my roommate had. From these two experiences, I was able to learn more about my own background as well as respect the values and traditions of other individuals and communities.
Example #1 (photo with taiwan camp teacher, holding scholarship certificate)
Example #2 (photo with roommate)