Drop my weekly caloric intake by 10% of my caloric maintenance volume.
Get at least 8.5 hours of sleep a night.
Do at least 500 skips a day.
Maintain an average grade of at least a 6 across all of my school assessments.
Go to my boxing gym for at least an hour a week.
For my Service as Action this year I tried to organise a plastic recycling programme for households in Hong Kong that do not have easy access to one. I did a lot of research and consulted various sources about how this programme could be implemented, and it appears that it will be put into motion this weekend.
- How did you become more aware of your own strengths and areas for growth?
- This project helped me become more aware of my strengths and weaknesses because it forced me out of my comfort zone, and to confront a big issue in my community. I realised that I have very poor interpersonal skills, and taking initiative when it involves working collaboratively with unfamiliar people does not come easily to me. Staying committed to an instance of service as action is also quite difficult for me, as plastic waste is not an issue that I would consider to be close to my heart. However, I realised that once I was put into a situation in which I was forced to work collaboratively with them, I am quite adaptable and good at communicating.
- How did you undertake challenges that developed new skills?
- I had to reach out of my typical social circle and interact with others, which developed my interpersonal skills. I also have to commit to travelling a relatively far distance every few weeks to collect rubbish, and then recycle it the next day at school, which will be a serious test of my commitment.
- How did you discuss, evaluate and plan student-initiated activities?
- The project in its entirety was organised by myself and a classmate, and discussing it and planning it required a lot of communication with people who could help our cause, including school administrators, parents, families, etc.
- How did you persevere in action?
- Despite the difficulties I encountered in the planning and execution stages of the project, I have and will continue doing this action. Needing to physically go to a location every few weeks or so also is never something I look forward to, but I continue to do it anyway.
- How did you work collaboratively with others?
- To plan the project I had to team up with a classmate, and from there we needed to reach out to school administrators, parents, students, and families to flesh out a plan for it to actually work, as the very nature of our service as action involved other people’s dedication.
- How did you develop international-mindedness through global engagement, multilingualism and intercultural understanding?
- Once again, in the collaboration stages of the project, we had to communicate a lot with different people, all of different ethnicities, including but not limited to Indian, Italian, Swiss, Scottish, and Chinese people. Each of these people developed our understanding of how people of different cultures view the issue and action at hand.
- How did you consider the ethical implications of your actions?
- Because we are helping reduce plastic waste and increase the load of recyclable plastics being recycled, the health of the environment would benefit. We also had to consider how we would actually send the plastic to a recycling plant – we wanted to put it with the rest of the school plastics, but we realised that if data were to be collected by the school on the success of its plastic recycling programme, our deposits were probably greatly interfere.
I think an effective way to solve all three of those problems are to spend more time familiarising myself with unit vocabulary through quizlet, and also reading basic chinese fiction to better understand article-writing.
I want to be able to better recognise Chinese vocabulary and sentence conventions. For this, I need to have a better understanding and memory of such things, due to them being largely dependent on those two factors.
I want to be able to hold a conversation with someone comfortably and fluidly for at least a few minutes, as I believe that oral communication is the most important in any language. For this, I need to be able to quickly draw upon my knowledge and refer to my vocabulary instinctively. Because I already have a reasonable understanding of the language and am comfortable with having short conversations with my peers in Chinese, this goal seems to be quite realistic and should be attainable by the end of the school year.
21 May EDIT: I believe that I did manage to achieve this goal, particularly in the last unit, where I learned a lot about basic speaking skills.
在我们的中文交流的单元，我的 ATL 技能不太好。There were a lot of problems with my ATL skills, particularly participation and self-management. In the classes, I didn’t participate as much as I believe I should have, and so some opportunities to learn more about the unit and the concept of communication were lost. This unit I also had a very poor record of completing homework, with many of my assignments being turned in late or incomplete for a very long time (such as this blog post, which is being completed almost three months late). Though I did not perform poorly on this unit’s assessments, a more consistent and responsible completion of my homework would have certainly given me a better understanding of how to complete the test efficiently and in a stronger format, because of the homework being designed specifically to do those things.
I will try to be persistent in overcoming these issues, as I am the main barrier preventing me from performing better in my Chinese classes and gaining a better understanding of the language.