Yoon's Blog

16yc01

Yoon's Blog

THIMUN Reflection

December 15, 2014 · No Comments · Uncategorized

I had high expectations of THIMUN because I had only been to BEIMUN. I had heard many times that it was a bigger conference, and it was a lot of fun, so I was really excited, and it did turn out to be great. I met a lot of people from my previous schools and met a lot of new people that I want to keep in touch with in the future. A challenge I had at this conference was actually lobbying and merging. We had decided on a main submitter from the beginning and worked off her resolution. However, as we got to the end of the first day of lobbying and merging, a couple of us began to realize that the resolution needed a lot of work, but our main submitter did not work as much, so some people in our resolution group were worried. Therefore, we decided to not wait for the main submitter, but fix the resolution on our own, so a couple of us got together and worked on it before the main submitter took it to the chair to get it checked. I got to work on the resolution a lot more than I had in previous conferences even though I was not a main submitter, so it was great experience. For THIMUN next year, I think that I want to write more clauses in my resolution so that I have more to add and talk about when lobbying and merging.

Reflect on a time when you challenged a belief or idea.  What prompted you to act? Would you make the same decision again?

I had always thought that I was not a math and science person. In 7th and 8th grade when I was in Korea, my math and science scores were terrible, so I gradually stopped trying towards the end of 8th grade. In the last final, my science and math grades began to matter because it was important for which high school I got into. Math I felt like was really difficult because a lot of it needed understanding of previous topics, and our school was known for our hard math tests. So I tried to focus on science, and at the time we were learning biology, so I began to just memorize everything. For math, I worked mostly from the easy questions in the textbook, and previous tests from our school. When I took the final exam, I got the highest science score I had ever gotten. Even though my math score wasn’t as great, that was when I realized that if I try, I can succeed even if it is science. I didn’t like the subject, so I never worked hard on it, and that was why I was never good at it. From that, I just thought that ‘oh, I’m just not a science and math person. I won’t bother.’ When it started to matter, I was forced to try, and it turned out more successful than I expected. It allowed me to try a little bit more starting from that test. Even though I still didn’t like the subject, I now knew that if I tried, it won’t be as bad, and it will improve. I had believed that you needed a special ‘science and math brain’ to be good at the particular subject, but I because I figured out that I could do it if I tried, my math and science grades started to go up, and math definitely started to get easier because math was a lot of repetition with a little more every time we learn it. I now realize that I should have tried harder way before 8th grade. It would have been a lot less work and a lot beneficial if I had actually given math and science attention before it got a little too difficult to follow right away, but I’m glad I gave it a thought eventually and I’m glad that I gave it a chance because it turned out to not be as bad as I had always believed.

Tags:

Chinese: Mark Zuckerberg Interview

November 17, 2014 · No Comments · Uncategorized

近日,中国著名企业家Mark Zuckerberg被清华大学的主持人采访。

他先说道学习中文的三代原因。他说的第一个原因是因为他的太太是中国人。因为她和他家人都说中文,他想跟他们说话。第二,他说因为中国是个伟大的国家,他觉得学中文很重要。最后他说因为他喜欢挑战,他想学到中文。他来过中国四次,觉得北京最好。

这星期我来参加委员会的会议。我觉得清华的 学⽣生很好。明年我们将在中国展开招募。我们上个⽉月招募了 20 位 中国学⽣生。明年他会在中国展开招募。他希望参加清华委员会因为他觉得是一个好的机会学习中国的教育。

他也讨论到他想联系世界的想法。他说从2004年的时候,他很想联系整个世界的⼈。所以他创⽴facebook。别的公司不相信他可以成功,但是facebook现在有13亿用户。他觉得成功的秘诀是永不放弃,也要知道真么做很艰难的决定。 

还有,他觉得中国有很多最创新的公司,比如说小米和腾讯。他说facebook也在中国,帮助中国公司成⻓长国 外客户 。很多中国公司用facebook广告,但是他们想帮助世界其他国家 去连接中国 。

最后他又打架分享了他最喜欢的中国菜。他喜欢的菜就是胡同⼩吃和北京烤鸭。

Tags:

WWW 2014 Reflection

November 7, 2014 · No Comments · Uncategorized

DSC_0370 2 DSC_0582

For Week Without Walls this year, our grade went to Zhaoqing in Guangdong Province. The first day was mostly prepping for service learning, and we played a lot of games which at first I thought were kind of unimportant because a lot of them were name games, and introducing games which we didn’t need since we all knew each other. However I later found out that we played those games so that we could use them to play with the students when we went to teach them.

The next day was our activity day. We climbed the giant ladder and made a raft. Unfortunately our raft fell apart and we were not able to go forward, but it was still great to make something from scratch and test it out in the water. The giant ladder was the highlight of the day. I was first in line and with my partner Nitay, we climbed the ladder. I was extremely scared and relied heavily on Nitay, and with his help I was able to to get to the top of the ladder. 🙂

The following two days were service learning days. We taught 6th graders English, played games with them and at a kindergarden, we painted a mural on 12 walls. We had to scrub the mold off the walls, paint it all white for a base which was the hardest part. Our wall was far away from the water and we had the largest wall, so it was tiring and definitely a hard job. The next day when we painted the mural, things got better. As the leader of the mural project, I drew the outline of the mural, which was focused on a tree of life. We drew colorful figures, flowers, simple English words and connected the tree in all 12 walls. Because there was a final product to see and feel good about, I think the mural was the best part of our trip.

Tags:

Math End of Unit Reflection

November 5, 2014 · No Comments · Uncategorized

-What are some major differences between your previous math courses and IB level math?

I would say that the biggest difference between my previous math courses and IB level math is the style of questions. Previously, we had a lot of straightforward questions or story problems, but I have noticed that there are not many story problems or any simple, basic straightforward questions other than maybe the first two questions. The tests are also longer and the marking system is totally different because there are follow through marks, and there are also many areas that we have to look out for especially when drawing graphs that we must follow in order to earn full credit. Therefore I would say that we definitely have to be a lot more precise with our work.

-As there are 3 IB Math levels, do you feel that you are appropriately placed?  Why or why not?  If yes, what are your goals in for this class?  Are you achieving them and if not, what do you need to do different in order to meet those goals?

I think that I am appropriately placed. In the beginning, I had actually wanted to go to IB Math Studies because I had heard from a lot of last year juniors that they regret having taken standard level when they could have taken studies. However, we are two units into the course and even though it is still early on, I think that I am correctly placed because I have been doing fairly well on my tests. My goal for this class is to actually maintain the A that I had in my previous math class. Even though it will be difficult considering it is much more work and very different from last year, I think that if I put in extra time and effort into my homework and use all the resources available to me, I could achieve this goal.

-As you have progressed through the course with a couple of assessments, what have you learned about yourself in math, your study habits and goals that you need to work on?

I think that my current level of Math is okay, and I don’t have trouble following along in class lectures. The homework is not to hard and when I need help, I go to a classmate or my sibling to receive help which helps me a lot. I think that I may have to change my study habits a little bit because I am one of those people who like tend to cram a lot of information starting from about 2-3 days before the test. I think that I have to continue to be aware and try to make the best use of my time of when to study for tests and when to review.

-Have you completed your homework assignments and/or learned how to work through the problems that you did not understand?

I have done all my homework assignments until now and there were definitely some problems that were challenging, so in problems like that I sometimes looked at the answer first and tried to work my way backward from the answer back to the problem. This was effective because once I figured out how to do it for that particular problem, I could use the same method for all similar problems. I also went to my classmates or family members for help. Sometimes I went to a lot of people for one particular questions if I was having lots of trouble to see the many ways that others solve the problem to find the way that I liked best.

-Do you feel that you have maximized your learning efforts to earn a grade that is indicative of your work?  How did you prepare for your first assessments?

I think that I am maximizing my learning efforts because I am getting the grade that I aim for. I succeeded in getting exemplary for the two assessments that we took so far, and I think this was mainly because of the review questions we had at the end. Those questions were extremely helpful because it allowed me to review everything we learned throughout the topic. For the first assessment, other than the review questions I went back to look at difficult homework problems which I had circled when doing the homework to come back and look at again to make sure that I could do it correctly.

-From what you have learned about yourself in math this year, what can you change now to realign your preparation for the upcoming assessment?  How do you plan on working this into your schedule?

I think that I need to review constantly throughout because I know that I have a tendency to procrastinate. I do my homework, but I think that I need to review previous lectures as well because sometimes when it gets to the end of the unit, I am suddenly stressed with everything we did in the beginning of the unit since I haven’t been reviewing. Therefore, whenever there is new homework assigned, I’m going to make sure I take a look at 1 homework previous to the one assigned that day so that I get into the habit of reviewing and making sure that I have made what we learned in class my own knowledge and skill.

 

-How do you feel you can be additionally supported this year?  Please explore various options that seem plausible.

I think that I am okay so far in regards with my math skills. I am also good with asking for help when I need it, and I’m definitely not afraid or embarrassed when I don’t know something so I think that if I have questions and problems, I will know to get the help that I need.

-Has independent study been helpful or would you appreciate more discipline/structured time to help meet your goals.  Please provide suggestions.

I think that independent study is actually quite helpful especially in my independent study period because there are a lot of the students that are in our Math SL class, so if I have a questions I was stuck on the day before, I could just go ask any of my classmates. The seniors that are there during our independent study is also very nice in answering any questions we have regarding math because they are all topics that they are familiar with. Independent study in Math class I think is also helpful because I like solving problems straight away after we have learned something because I think that it helps me understand more. Therefore I think that if we had a little more time left at the end of class to get started on a couple of homework questions, it would be helpful.

Tags:

Chinese: Learning Chinese

November 5, 2014 · No Comments · Chinese

我以前的中文考试

我二年级就开始学中文。但是我一年级去住在台湾因为我的爸爸换工作。我没有马上开始学中文因为我要去国际学校,妈妈觉得学英文更重要。我觉得中文很难,很怕中国人所以我不想学中文。但是我二年级的时候,学校说我们一定要学中文。我很怕学但是我开始学才知道和想像的不一样。我学了ㄅㄆㄇㄈ, 还学了拼音。但是在五年级我就再开始讨厌中文。原因是因为我的老师不好。他每次给我们考试,很多听写。如果我做的不好,他会发电邮给我的父母说我不认真学习。我觉得因为他每次跟妈妈说我学中文学的不好,我就更不想做作业和准备考试。

在六年级我回韩国了。我在韩国住了两年,可是在那个两年我一次没有学中文。所以我忘了很多中文。所以我来中国的时候,我遇到了语言的困难。我还觉得学中文不太好,所以在学校我很想去水平不太高的中文班。但是老师放我在有点儿高水平的班。在哪个班,说合写没有问题因为可以用词典,但是读有很多问题。我不能读我们在课堂学的文章,也不能做读文章后做的问题。我觉得如果我不认真学中文,我会得到不好的成绩,所以我问妈妈可不可以找一个中文老师。我每个星期两个小时跟老师学中文,认真学习。所以我的学校成绩变好了。因为我成绩变好了,我现在就学习考HSK.

很久时间学中文,我深刻认识到中文的魅力。我觉得中文不容易学因为字很难,但是汉字有很多特点。汉字的结构好。写起来很漂亮,所以汉字的书法是一种艺术。还有,汉字的音好听,圆润,动听。中文也有很多声调。我先开始学中文时,觉的声调是最难学的。我说一句话,但是中国人不知道我在说什么因为声调错。但是汉语用不同的表情和语调说,表达的意思就不同,非常奇妙。汉字也有很长的历史。 汉字形成为系统的文字是公元前16世纪的商朝。很多国家收到的中国文化的影响,不日说韩国,台湾和日本。所以在亚洲,汉语非常重要因为是很多国家语言的源头。

于是,学新的语言很难。汉语可能特别难学因为汉字是方块文字。但是学好中文很好因为中国在发展很快,快变成个世界强国。我们会从学中文中受益很多。所以因为我现在知道了中文的魅力,还知道了如果认真学习一定可以成功,我要继续努力学中文。

 

 

Tags:

Math Reflection: Read and Reflect in your Blog:  “I’m Just Not a Math Person.” 

August 19, 2014 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Initial Thoughts:  Agree/Disagree? Why? List various points from both perspectives with specific reasons to back up your claim.

I have to admit that I grew up believing that math was related to genetics. I always thought that I got the bad math genes and my brother got the better one, so it was okay that I was bad at math because I was better at other things. Ever since I was young, my brother and I took classes together, learned the same things and studied the same hours. But it was always my brother who got better math grades. From reading this article, I now know that I wasn’t really good at math because I believed it in my head that “I am not a math person”. The experiment where junior high schoolers were shown that math was malleable was what really made me think differently and actually agree with what the article was trying to say. To know that there was actually a big improvement when the students found out that they were in control of their math grades, that it’s possible to do well was really surprising. I grew up with even my mom telling me that it’s okay that I’m not as good in math because I probably have talents in other areas. I know that a person can’t be good at everything, but from reading this article I am starting to believe that maybe I can be a math person after all if I try hard enough.

B.  IF you forget the language of mathematics and how to apply specific formulas, what does the article suggest happens to your knowledge?

The article teaches us that if you forget the language of mathematics and how to apply specific formulas, we need to just keep studying and restudying. We forget not because we are ‘not math people’, it is because we believe that we are not good. The article teaches us to remember that our smarts in math are malleable, and that we control our math skills and grades. Therefore, the only way to do well and to not forget is to keep working hard.

C.  Answer: “When Will I Ever Use This Again in My Life?” Do you study math just to learn mathematics?  How does math class expand your horizons?  Why would this be important?  What does this mean to you personally and how would it affect your life?

I think that Math is really important because it teaches us a lot about logic. It is the subject that teaches us that there is a logic to things, unlike other subjects like humanities which technically does not have the ‘correct answer’ to everything From math, we can learn learn to use logic in our everyday basis regarding any problems we face in the real world. Also, math is useful for many other subjects we learn such as science and economics. A basis in math is necessary to learn these subjects, and therefore it is crucial that we learn math. I think that this article was also telling us a little bit that working hard is just like math. The many hours we spend studying directly relates to how well we will do. If we just believe that we are not math people and not study as hard, it will directly show in our results. This is math. We use numbers everyday, and to get a certain result, there must be logical steps involved. And math is what teaches us the basis for all these things in life.

 

Tags:

Art Final Reflection

June 10, 2014 · No Comments · Uncategorized

20140409_224333

Project: Heroes and Animals

What skills and art techniques did you learn from this project? How can you use these skills in another project?

From this project, I learned more about painting animals. It was actually my first time painting an animal using acrylic paint, so I looked up many different acrylic animal paintings, and ways to paint so that the texture of the animal fur really comes out from the painting. I tried out a couple different ways such as dabbing with the brush or making streaks using a small brush so that it seems like fur. Even though it’s not perfect, i think that I did definitely get closer to rabbit fur than when I first started. Something else I learned and found trickier than I had imagined was getting the proportion of the rabbit right. Every time I drew my rabbit, it seemed like the neck was too long or the leg/stomach area was too wide. Rabbits do come in many different sizes and shapes but it was still tricky to get the proportions somewhat realistic.

Overall, do you desire an exemplary, proficient, approaching or concern? Give five reasons to support your answer.

Even though it’s definitely not perfect, I think that I did pretty well, and therefore deserve exemplary in this project. My sketchbook shows clear evidence of my attempts and drafts at creating my artwork, as well as the process page and more. I think that the way I painted my rabbit is also quite realistic, especially the face of the rabbit. Moreover, I think that the way I incorporated the rabbit with the tiger, and how I related my cultural background to my painting was also a success. Also, I turned in my work on time, with my sketchbook complete and ready to go before class began. Therefore, I think that I did well enough to get an exemplary in this project.

Tags:

English Reflection

June 7, 2014 · No Comments · English

1. Describe the pros and cons of creating a video essay. Do you prefer a video essay to a traditional written essay? Why or why not?

The pros of creating a video essay I would say was mostly the fact that we did not have to literally write a full essay. Writing an essay takes a lot of work, and I think that writing a script was a little easier because some things we were allowed to explain using pictures and videos. I think that another pro of writing a video essay was working in groups. We were allowed to work with people that we were comfortable with, and it was helpful because we could divide work and give each other feedback. We did not have the pressure that we would have to do everything all by ourselves, and it was good to have people there to help me if I needed help. A con of creating a video essay was that because it was a video, we had to meet up a lot. Even if we work in groups, the video had to be made on one person’s laptop, so instead of being able to do things at home, we had to meet up a lot so that the person whose computer had the video did not have to work too much by themselves. However, I think that this was actually not that bad because when we met, we worked had to try to finish. Another con of creating a video essay was at the beginning. When we first started, I honestly had no idea how we were to start them. The examples we saw during class we mostly examples of things we should not do, so it was a little confusing.

I prefer a traditional written essay because the editing/revising process is just easier. In a video essay, even if we revised our script, there were situations where we had to re-record because we saw that it didn’t match a picture or it didn’t match the sound quality of the other recordings. It was definitely a more complicated process than having to turn in a written essay. Having to not only write a script but find photos and video clips to go with the essay was also extra work that we needed to do, so I just think that writing a traditional written essay is a easier alternative. It is also something we are more familiar with, so even if we had to do it individually, I would like to write a written essay rather than a video essay.
2. Compare and Contrast the traditional formative assessments used in this unit (vocab test, comprehension quizzes) with past formative assessments (literature circle group roles, short answer questions, Group Projects). Which type of assessment do you prefer? Why?

I think that the formative assessments used in this unit and the formative assessments we had in the other units both have their pros and cons but I personally liked the past assessments, mainly because they were not in the form of a test. The comprehension quizzes and vocab test I think made me more pressured because they were ‘tests’. It felt like something that if I do bad on it, it’s going to be my final grade. In the past when we did literature circle group roles or group projects, even if it took more time, it felt a little easier because we could perfect it to the best we can and then turn it in. However in the vocab test and comprehension quiz, if we did badly on it, that was it. Therefore there was more pressure before we took the test/quiz. It definitely did make me study more than before, especially the vocabularies. In the past we only had to just find words and put down the meaning, but now we really had to know the meaning and know how to use them in different ways. This allowed me to really learn and remember afterwards.

3. Looking back over all of the units and project this year, which were your favorite and why? Which were your least favorite and why?

Looking back over all the units and projects this year, my favorite was the literary circle group portfolios. The book we read during the literary circle was also the book I enjoyed reading the most. I think that the portfolios allowed us to be creative, and it gave us a lot of freedom on what we could do. There were not many constraints, for example the x-factor. We could pick what type of project we wanted to create and this allowed us to have more fun with reading the book and thinking of something fun to do. Creating a portfolio was definitely more fun than answering questions, or taking vocabulary quizzes.

My least favorite out of the projects and units this year was the cartoon project during the Maus topic. It was a lot of work, and it was the one I had most trouble with beginning it. My drawing skills worried me, and the fact that we had to create a full story about a historical event was a little difficult to begin. Also, it took a lot of work because we had to create a storyboard, first draft as well as a final draft. It was the most time consuming project because of the coloring process, finding pictures and doing it all again in the final draft. However, it was definitely a project I liked in the end because there was a final product that I felt good about.

4. Assess your own growth regarding the following Learning Objectives and ESLRs. What have you gotten better at? What do you need to improve upon? What are your goals in English class for next year?

I think that the aspect that I most improved in this year during English class was reading and analyzing literary and non-literary texts. We did a lot of comprehension questions this year, such as Maus questions and The Stranger questions, and this helped me get in the habit of looking for examples, and trying to think of the ‘why’ factor. When we did our very first Maus questions, I definitely did not get feedback because I had just literally only written down what happened in the book. From the feedback I got, I tried to look for examples such as quotes from the book and tried to put in the reason why it is important. This helped me in writing essays with detail in a organized way. I think that I need to improve more on writing complete sentences with sophisticated vocabulary and complex structure because I often get feedback that I need to work on using better word choice, as well as not repeating information. When I am writing, I often get redundant and continue to state the same thing over and over again, using the same word choice as well. Therefore, I think I need to work on editing and revising my work to make sure that I am using appropriate word choice, and also to take out unnecessary things.

Tags:

Robert Dunseth Scholarship Application: Academic Excellence

May 25, 2014 · No Comments · Robert Dunseth Scholarship Application

I believe that I am suitable candidate for the Robert Dunseth Scholarship, showing clearly that I have achieved academic excellence through my time being at Shekou International School. Through my report card, improvement is clearly shown from each semester. As I go up in grade level, I have began to pay even more attention to my grades, and have succeeded in improving each time. There is a clear contrast from my first report card to my most recent one, and I have not stopped refining myself and my academics.

As grade levels go up, I definitely feel that I am putting in more and more effort, becoming somewhat of a perfectionist. In Middle School I was always just happy if I did not get approachings, but as I came to High School and realized how much grades really matter, the standards for myself began to go up. I now am not satisfied with just a proficient. If I know that I can get an exemplary, that is what I strive for. If I get a grade I am not satisfied with, I try to find ways to help myself. I do not hesitate to go talk to my teachers, which I have found is the best way to really help myself.  When there are opportunities in improving my grades, I don’t hesitate to grab the opportunity and take advantage of it. I think that this has made me somewhat of a perfectionist. Because I keep improving and because I’ve seen that it is possible, I continue to try to do better because I know I can, and because I know the satisfying feeling of studying hard for something and seeing results that I am proud and happy of. As a result, I have not missed getting an Honour certificate and being on the Honour role ever since 8th grade until now.

From my efforts to improve my grades, I have succeeded in overall getting A’s in all my subjects with the exception of Physical Education. Improving my Physical Education grade has been a long goal of mine, since the beginning of 9th grade and is something that I still strive to reach. It is definitely my biggest weakness, but considering my Physical Education grades from 9th grade, I have definitely improved from then, so I strongly believe that I still can improve further with the time I have left. Moreover, science was definitely one of my weaknesses in the past year. It was one of the subjects that I continued to get B’s in, and I just didn’t know what to do. Therefore, during summer break coming into 10th grade, I listened to internet lectures on the science that we learn at school, and I tried to really find out what I was doing wrong, and what I could do to improve. I think that myself taking the initiative to listening to internet lectures on science helped a lot because the grade I got from my first science test in 10th grade was an exemplary. This continued, and eventually I ended up getting my first A letter grade in science ever. This achievement was huge for me, and it is partly what helped me not give up in Physical Education.

Chinese was also once a big issue of mine. When I first came to Shekou International School, I had come from living in Korea for two years. Therefore, my Chinese was not that great and I had forgotten a lot of the things I had learned previously when I lived in Taiwan. The fact that Taiwan uses traditional characters and China uses simplified characters did not help my situation. I had asked the teacher to put me in a lower level, but she felt that I should challenge myself and go to a level that might be a little difficult. At first, I had a lot of trouble because all the kids were better than me and I could not read half of what was on our textbook. Therefore, my Chinese grades were at the lowest at that time. I decided that if this continues, I’m going to have serious trouble once I go to high school, and so bought the textbook that we use at school and went over all of it again during summer break. It was a difficult process since there were many things I didn’t know, but in the end I went through it and I think it was a huge success and definitely a good idea because my Chinese grades began to rise the following year. The teacher was shocked, my classmates were shocked and it felt really good to know that I had it in myself to do better.

Overall, I believe that I have shown academic excellence through the huge improvements shown in my report card, as well as my use of time and skill outside of school to refine my grades. When there was a specific subject I did poorly on in the past, I found a way to get past that and be at a level where I could achieve something bigger. The way I don’t hesitate to ask questions, go to teachers and talk to them about my grades is also a big part of my academic excellence because communication plays a big role in maintaining and finding out ways to keep making yourself better and better, whether it be your grades or not. Thus, I strongly believe that my academics show that I am a suitable candidate for the Robert Dunseth scholarship.

Tags:

Robert Dunseth Scholarship Application: Leadership

May 25, 2014 · No Comments · Robert Dunseth Scholarship Application

What exactly does it mean to be a leader? Is it somebody who guides or directs others? Or is it simply just somebody whom people follow? A leader can mean many different things, but I believe that a true leader is someone who guides and motivates others to reach a goal in a way that satisfies everyone, and that is the type of leader I strive to be. I definitely cannot say that I am right now what I believe is a good leader, however I can say that that I am on my way to reach my goal of becoming the best leader that I can be. In school and in our everyday lives in general, leadership is an extremely important skill to have. Receiving faith, trust and confidence from others is something you need to have to be a great leader, but it is most definitely not something that is easy to achieve. It’s not something that can happen in one day, and I strongly believe that the things we experience and learn in school is a part of the process of becoming a true leader.

I work to develop my skills as a leader in our everyday classes. When assigned to work in groups to make a project together, I often try to lead and make sure that everything is organized and on track. Not only do I finish my share of the work, but I try to look at the project overall and help out if necessary. I think that this partly comes from the way I tend to be a perfectionist sometimes with my work. However, I try not to look at this part of myself as a negative way where I force others to work, and force my group members to do things exactly the way I want it to be. While fully expressing my thoughts and ideas, I try to motivate my group members to want to do well as well, such as giving compliments if I thought a part was done really well. Even though it is difficult sometimes and I simply fail, I always begin with trying to create a friendly, happy environment so that everyone will be involved in creating a project that we can all be happy with. For example, for a science presentation our group had to give, I took initiative by making a group iCloud presentation, sending it to my group members and just tried to get things started. I began by making suggestions on who should do what, and from that point everything went smoothly, eventually allowing us to quickly finish the assignment with results that we were all quite happy with. Therefore, I think that the little things do matter and do make a difference when beginning a plan or a project, because that it is the little things that make up the whole.

Moreover, I also do not believe in giving up. I believe that if I try hard enough, I can succeed in what I set out for. I think that this is important in becoming a leader because becoming a leader is not easy. There will most definitely be failures in the process, and if you stop at every failure you face, you will never be the leader you strived to be in the beginning. For example, I hoped to become a student leader for the Model United Nations program at our school in the beginning of the school year. I knew that I lacked experience and there was not much chance of getting the position, but I still tried my best to write a good application. Did I get the position? No, but I did not stop there. To make myself a better candidate for the leadership position in the following year, I made sure to get as much experience to MUN as I could. I tried out for a spot in the BEIMUN team which I made, and I also was actively involved in the ACAMUN conference that our school hosts, by working for the press team as well as being an admin staff. Therefore, you can see that even if the process is long, I don’t stop and give up if someone told me I was not good enough the first time. I take it in, try to motivate and improve myself into becoming better.

I also develop leadership skills in my family as well. When our whole family meets up, I am often the oldest of the kids. Some of my cousins are as young as five years old, and often the adults look at me to take control of the kids. This is a challenge because when there are seven kids all together that are all different ages, it gets difficult to make sure they get along well. Therefore, it has allowed me to develop skills in making the job easier, such as getting the somewhat older kids to play a game so that I have more time to look after the little kids. This way I can satisfy everyone, allowing the kids to all have fun together. Knowing that there is always a way to satisfy others motivates me into trying to help out, and therefore I gain trust from other family members that I have the ability to care for my other cousins.

Overall, leadership is not a skill that can be developed in a short period of time, and we all are in the process of becoming true leaders. It is how well we use the time and opportunities given to us that really determines whether we succeed in becoming a great leader or not. Most of the times I believe that I do try to take advantage of everything that is provided. Sometimes it is difficult but I know that in the long run it will help me out in being a good leader, whenever the time comes that I need the skill. Thus, I will continue to keep trying to improve myself, and do the best I can in the process of developing skills of becoming the leader I want to be in the future.

Tags:

Skip to toolbar