GCD Post on Global Understanding

With the general trend of globalization all over the world, as a member of the global community and also as a student of YIS, having a wide global perspective is essential. In geography class, we have a privilege to look into the global situation between countries and communities. First unit for out geography in the IB was population. We looked into the change in population in countries and the movement of people. In this unit we saw the drastic increase of the population in the past decades. The consequence of that is the natalist policies. We saw huge difference between Japan and China which is just across each other. This really interested me because although physically the two countries are really close, their policies on population completely opposed from each other. In another unit, we looked into how some countries have different opinion on global problems. America and Russia has two vastly different opinions on the problem in Syria. In geo class, I was able to further my understanding by researching why the two countries have that different of an opinion. In geography class, I was able to look into more incidents where we need the understanding of global perspectives. This has changed me as a person because I am able to think about how the others have different opinion from me. Not only that I can now talk about the reasoning behind the countries’ action.

In YIS I am also able to understand the global perspective from a cultural aspect too. In my Japanese class, we study old books which was written in the past. We do research on why those books are still read in the modern world. When researching, we understand how the cultural background causes books to be interpreted differently. We also do something similar in English class where we not only look at English books but translated plays which consists culture from other countries. I think these experiences has taught me to become more open minded. I am now able to look at problems and situations from many sides.

GCD Post on Community Engagement

Community engagement is one of the biggest value that YIS expects the students to contribute to. This helps students to have more balanced school life and helps to form a more opened person. The biggest contribution I have on the community is tech support in the auditorium. After three years of experience of working on backstage tech support by myself, I have decided to create a HS tech team with the help from the arts department. The HS tech team’s role in the community is to provide support when there are events which consists lighting, sound and other aspects of tech. In my junior year, I have concentrated on teaching underclassman how to become a tech crew that can be useful in any situation. I have taken a lot of my time to engage in this because I believed that it is an important process in order for the HS tech team to keep running after I graduate. In this process I learnt that if I allocate my time and effort, results will show because the underclassmen became more reliable as time passed. However I still had to be there because they did not have as much experience. I believe that tech team takes an important role and we have a huge impact on the community. With the experience of HS tech team, I was able to become more responsible because I take a leading role of the group. I have become more organize which has also affected me to do my job as a responsible leader.