What did we do?
For my group's (Aadarsh, Quoc, Yong Wan, and YaYa) human rights project, we chose to focus on child poverty, specifically in Vietnam. We partnered up with Sozo, a company that assists people below the poverty line by employing them in their café. We visited the café, and talked with the people there. We also made a leaflet, designed to teach people all about Sozo and their work. The completed leaflet can be found HERE.

What do you think is your most valued contribution to the project?
I think that my most valued contribution to this project was my making of the leaflet. All of us in the group wrote out little bits and pieces talking about Sozo, and I formatted and pieced everything together on Pages.

How can you continue your involvement with this group or social issue?
One thing that I've done to help people, or rather, a person, in poverty is by sponsoring a child in poverty. I came into contact with the idea through this project, and have since taken it upon myself to sponsor a child, and I plan to sponsor more.

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What are your best professional qualities?
Some of my best professional qualities (as a student) include things such as my ability to cooperate and work alongside others, as well as work alone. In classes, we as students are assigned many projects, likely an equal amount of group and solo work, in which case this skills are very useful. Another one of my very prominent, professional, qualities is my extensive vocabulary and language usage. If in a situation where it is necessary, I am capable of being very formal.

What are some things that you still struggle with or need to work on?
Things that I need to work on, upon entering high school, is remembering assignments, particularly those of the homework variety. I have been struggling with this for years, as my memory is not quite the best. Recently, however, I have developed a better system for this issue. I have taken post-it notes and taped them to my laptop, and I write down anything that I have to get done, and the date I need to have it completed. This has been very effective thus far, yet it still has it's flaws. For example, if my laptop, or my pen, are unavailable at the moment, I have no way of writing anything down until I have acquired both items.

During this unit we worked on discovering the way that European countries took over Africa and divided it up between them. We wound up writing a DBQ on the subject, and answered the question "What was the primary driving force behind European Imperialism in Africa?" We had a few different driving forces to choose from, those being technology, economics, or nationalism.

I think that I did very well with my essay's grammar, per the usual, and my choice of evidence. Though the evidence I chose may not be what others decided to use, I think that it more accurately represented the topic I was writing about.

Something I think I should work on in my next essay is my conclusion, because it wasn't nearly as strong, nor as convincing, as it could have been.

One of my more personal goals for the rest of this year is to be less forgetful, or rather, to have a better reminding system. Sometimes I entirely forget to complete a task, whether it's important or not, and that can be a really big problem. The main issue with my forgetfulness is that I don't have a good system to remind myself of what I need to get done. My plan is to use my phone, or more likely, my computer, to tell me what I have left to do.

Something else that I need to work on, academically, is the way that I study for a quiz or test. I do try to study a little bit every day when I have something coming up, but for me, it can be very challenging to stay focused on what I need to be doing. Luckily I very recently downloaded an app online called 'Self Control,' which has the ability to block any website. Even if the app is closed, even if I restart my computer, it can't be stopped.

Before the time of the Enlightenment, women were not thought of the same way that men were, in the sense that they were less important. In fact, most weren’t allowed to attend school, and those who didn’t stay for long. Because of this, many of the women in the world were unable to reach their full thinking potential, solely because they weren’t even permitted to attend school. Even when they did have brilliant ideas, the public thought simply because they were women, their thoughts didn’t matter. A new society should prioritize the Enlightenment ideas of gender equality because 50% of the world’s brainpower was being cut off. Although a strong case could be made that religion would be better for a society to focus on, this argument is unconvincing because gender equality was a far more drastic change that took place, and there are still many things about it that are unequal today.

When creating a new society, the idea that should be made a priority would be those of gender equality. This is because women had brilliant ideas, some maybe even more brilliant than men. In (Doc. D), “... and they will become wise and virtuous…” is stated in a book written by Mary Wollstonecraft. This evidence suggests that educating women would make them “wise and virtuous,” as well as full of new ideas yet to be thought of. Furthermore, according to (Doc. D), “The most perfect education… to enable the individual to attain such habits of virtue as will render [her] independent. In fact, it is a farce [joke] to call any being virtuous [worthy] whose [skills] do not result from the exercise of [her] own reason.” Given the evidence, it is logical that women also had place in society. Not only does Mary Wollstonecraft believe such a thing, but she displays it in her passion, her new ideas about the world. In conclusion, clearly women were being mistreated, and very much deserved freedom.

It has been argued that religion would be a much more important idea to make a priority because many people at the time were either forced to believe in something that they didn’t, or be punished. In Letters Concerning the English Nation (Doc B), Voltaire states that “If one religion only were allowed in England, the government would very possibly become arbitrary; if there were but two, the people would cut one another’s throats; but as there are such a multitude, they all live happy and in peace.” This example is used to illustrate that the importance of religion was far superior to much else, explaining that if many religions are accepted, the world can live “happy and in peace.” Although this argument appears convincing at first, it fails to consider that if a new society is to be created, it is likely that it would have only one religion, and as stated by Voltaire himself, “... very possibly become arbitrary.” Actually, the evidence suggests that there is only a possibility of an unrestrained government, but a new society, in a new mindset, would by far be less likely to become that way (Doc B). The shows that the fact that religion is more important is misleading, considering the fact that Voltaire himself sounded unsure of such importance. Therefore, one can see that it is clear that gender equality was far more important than religion.

A new society should make gender equality a top priority. After examining the reasons, it is clear that women were just as, if not more, important than men. Both examples state that women could be some of the smartest people around, if only given the opportunity to discover their potential. If anyone should be given a chance to show what they know, it’s the women that had been oppressed for literal ages.

Student Led Conferences are just around the corner, and that means it's time to reflect on our classes. Science class is one of the few where we've been doing some experiments, learning style experiments. Quarter one of the school year, we were essentially spoon-fed all of the information, and our work was done mostly(except when we ran out of time) in class. Quarter two was the complete opposite, we did all of the work as homework, and came to class with clarifying questions. This quarter, the third, is more of a mix between the two, like we've almost always done in every class.


The chemistry unit was by far the easiest to do. We were told what to do, and how to do it, in class, completing labs and mini-assessments all in the same room. With almost no homework, this first learning was the least stressful. The only problem was, without doing anything at home, a lot of the things we learned were very quickly forgotten. Personally, assessments, tests, and labs were more difficult because of this. I wasn't required to do the extra things, so I didn't. The meant that things were more confusing in class when we learned more about topics from last class, with little to recollection of what we learned before.


Ecology was quite different, and much more challenging. Everything, or at least most things, we learned, we learned at home. Using YouTube videos and websites to broaden our knowledge. While irritating as it was to have more to do at home, it really put our critical thinking, and responsibility, to the test. It also meant that when we arrived to class the following day or two, we were full of good questions. Assessments were a breeze for me, because all of the knowledge was not only learned, but it stayed there. It was very challenging, yes, but challenging in a good way.


Ah, climate change. The thing that some people deny even exists. The learning style we've been using is pretty much what we use for every other class. Half to three fourths in class work, and half to one fourth homework. This method is incredibly boring. I also don't learn very well from it, similarly to the way that I learned in the chemistry unit. I loved trying out the different styles from the first semester. They were new to me, and that made them more interesting and enjoyable. This half-and-half method just isn't for me, because I just don't learn so well from doing a lot of work in class. So far I've not been doing so well in quizzes, which I think makes it clear that the things I'm learning are going in, then pouring back out of my ears.

1. What activities were most memorable?

Meeting up with our first grade buddies was definitely the most memorable thing for me, it was really fun to see how the elementary school had changed!


2. Which goal or goals do you feel you’ve had the most growth or success with so far this school year in advisory?

The area that I think I've had the most growth in over this semester was building up our group spirit. We've done a lot of things together as an advisory, like hanging out with our buddies and completing challenges during Week Without Walls. The only thing we really didn't get to do was House League activities, we didn't really do that many in semester one.


3. What goal of advisory do you feel is most challenging or that you’d like to focus on this semester?  What steps can you take towards meeting this goal?

We definitely need to increase our House League time, because we haven't been able to do nearly enough as an entire House!