Community Engagement

I’ve spent 3 years in RIJ, Refugees International Japan, where we work with the RIJ headquarters and we help refugees all over the world by raising funds and donating survival goods and money to refugees who are in serious conditions. As a citizen of a country that does not really accept refugees, I believe that it is important that as a school, we care and support the refugees that are struggling. As a community, we had sold Christmas cards which we got from the RIJ headquarters. During several events such as the Food Fair and Parent Teacher Conference and we were able to raise a great amount of money, which was sent to the RIJ Headquarters.

At RIJ, we have watched several videos on refugees and we had been notified with the seriousness this global issue of refugees. After we had watched the videos, I was able to use this knowledge gained from RIJ in MUN, as one of the topics of discussion was about refugees. I was able to engage with issues of global significance, as I was able to mention several facts gained from RIJ and was able to show my engagement to the audience.

For our first event of my senior year, we sold tapioca tea during break. This event needed a lot of prior preparation and as the leader, I had to be in charge and lead the other members. In the end, we were successfully able to sell all of the tapioca and raise a lot of money to donate to the RIJ headquarters, where the money will be used to help refugees all over the world.

As the leader, I have planned not only to do fundraising but also do some research on refugees all over the world. Currently, we have split into groups and we are researching about refugees in different countries and regions. by doing this, we will be able to recognize the ethical and global issue of refugees, which is a serious issue.

As this is my last year in RIJ, I plan to host more events in order for me and RIJ, and the school as a community can be engaged in the issue of refugees.

Wilderness Engagement: Hong Kong

For my grade 11 expeditions(field studies), a small group of 11th graders, including myself, went to Hong Kong to learn how to sail. The first day was learning how the sailing boat works and learning the basics and essentials to sailing. Once, our group learned how to sail a boat, we were on our way to another island.

The journey had been a very tough challenge, as the weather was not on our side. When we were sailing, for most of the time, it had been raining and it was freezing. In addition to that, there was no wind, we were not able to sail. Therefore, we ended up rowing a sailing boat in the rain. Although this experience was not the best, I was able to experience what it feels like to be in the wilderness.

This journey has taught me a lot. Living in the wilderness is not an easy thing and everything does not go according to plan. Therefore, we need to be able to adapt and this will help us in our daily lives. In our daily lives, not everything goes according to plan. In school, several things happen and things don’t go according to plan, therefore, but after this Hong Kong trip, I was able to adapt to complicated situations and work things out.

Being able to adapt was not the only skill I learned in this trip. Through our trip, I was able to talk to people I usually don’t talk to and I was able to be more collaborative. Below is a picture of us at the end of the trip:

As I have stated before, there was no wind and it was raining, so we had to work together to be able to land on the island we were aiming for. Although there were some conflicts and several grumpy people on the journey when rowing, we were able to encourage each other and we believe that our work paid off as we were able to actually sail for the last bit of the trip and successfully make it to the island.

In conclusion, I can say that I was able to engage in the wilderness and gain several skills. I was able to gain/improve, skills such as being able to adapt and collaborative skills, which help in my daily life and I believe that my experience in Hong Kong will help me thrive as a global citizen.

Freedom of Expression

Many people use “Freedom of Expression” as protection when they insult others. However, using this as a shield can create conflicts such as the event which occurred in Paris.

Charlie Hebdo, the satirical cartoon, published many images of what is banned in Islam, the Prophet Muhammad. Later an attack occurred in Paris aiming for the publishers. Many say that the incident was not protected by the “Freedom of Expression”. Looking at the definition of hate speech, I believe that the depiction of Muhammad is considered as a hate speech as it “attacks a group on the basis of attributes of religion”. Since the cartoon crossed the gray line and attacked a religion it is not protected by the “Freedom of Expression”.

Many say that the incident was protected by the amendment, however, it is hard to tell if they were protected, as here is no clear line dividing the “Freedom of Expression” and “Hate Speech”. According to the Guardian, Pope Francis states, “every religion has its dignity.” As Pope states, we can not insult other religions saying that we are protected by the “Freedom of Expression”. Some say that we should get rid of this amendment, but I believe that the solution to this problem is to draw a line in which if an individual’s speech attacks a race, religion, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability, or gender, they shall be punished.

The Poison of Verona

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(Friar looking at a bottle of poison(this is the bottle he gave to Juliet)

Today, we are with the “Poison of Verona”, the famous Friar Lawrence. Now Friar Lawrence is the BIG man who was behind all the “love” between Romeo and Juliet. He married Romeo and Juliet and made all the plans. Although his plan didn’t work, Friar Lawrence accepted our interview and now all the secrets will be revealed. Today, he will tell us the “truth” behind Romeo and Juliet’s love. His poison was perfect for the plan, but his letter wasn’t as good as his poison.


Q: To start us off, how do you feel about the relationship between the Capulets and the Montagues?

A; Well, they are not in a good relationship. This has started since the beginning of time and I would love it if they stopped, but they just won’t. The Prince is doing his best to stop this nuisance, but as the priest, I really can’t do anything because I don’t have that authority. I was just praying for the two families to be friends, and it finally happened.

Q: Now, do you regret your decision of marrying Romeo and Juliet?

A: Not really. I’m actually quite happy about marrying the two because now, the Capulets and the Montagues are good friends. Capulet and Montague both have a statue of Romeo and Juliet, so I guess this lead to a solution for the Capulets and the Montagues. The Prince is happy with Verona and Verona is so peaceful now.


Q: As a priest, what do you think is the most important part of your job?

A: Now I’m a priest and I feel that getting people married is the best part and I think it is the most important part of my job. That’s why I married the two. Now, I believe that I should have told Capulet and Montague, but I did it in secret. I regret that decision.


Q: As a priest, you shouldn’t be doing things in secret, but how do you feel about this?

A: Yes, I have failed as a priest, but I believe that this marriage had to be kept as a secret because if one of the families found out, they would be out of their minds and this would have worsened their relationship.


Q: What would you do if you saw Romeo or Juliet sleeping with another man or woman?

A: Well, that would never happen because they were overly into each other. But if that did happen, I would be shocked. Not only that, I would just leave them alone.


Q: So, your “plan” didn’t work. How do you feel about that?

A: If Friar John had hurried up and got the letter to Romeo, he the plan would have been perfect. I have fired Friar John and hired Friar Matthew. Friar Matthew does a good job and now I regret having Friar John. I should have hired.


Q: People say that Romeo and Juliet died because of you. How do you feel about that?

A: it is not my fault. As I said before, to be honest, it is Friar John’s fault. I have no responsibility. Both Romeo and Juliet suicided, so I’m not in this. People say that I’m the one responsible because I’m the only living person who knew about this. People can’t blame me for that.


Q: Do you have anything else to tell us?

A: I am thinking of retiring in a few month, so I need someone that can inherit my job. I’m serious. After I retire, I’ll visit Romeo and Juliet’s grave so that I can remember them and have a little bit if apology to them.


Works Cited


“∗∗∗∗∗.” |Reading Log| Romeo and Juliet: Friar Lawrence. N.p., 10 Feb. 2014. Web. 22 May 2016.

Tourism Highlights

Top 3 Arrivals

  1. France
  2. United States
  3. Spain

Top 3 Receipts

  1. United States
  2. Spain
  3. China

Difference between Arrivals and Receipts(Q1 &Q2). When countries have cheaper products, the Receipt rate will go up. If there are a lot of places to go to the Arrival rate will go higher.

In most countries in Africa and in Africa in general, the international arrival and receipt rate increases every year. More people go to Africa now more often.

In 1950, there were little tourists, but by 2010, the rate of tourism boosted up.

Transportation has been improved and enhanced, and more people know where to go due to the internet. Planes got safer since then, which makes the people feel safe and more people feel like going for a tour in another country.

Drama Journal #7

This week’s Key Idea was special. This week, Neil Farrelly came to help make us improve our Drama skills. But Neil came to YIS so that he can teach us what “Physical Drama” is. Physical Drama is performing a play by using physical elements such as touching. Neil came to YIS so that he can help us create an original piece about “What Is Up”. We had two periods to work on this “What Is Up” play and we had to perform it to the 8th graders. He was also there to help us become better at expressing ourselves during a play.

I have a lot to say for this week’s Approach. We did a lot of warm-up activities with Neil. First, Neil taught us how to “breath”. We were just breathing for about 10 minutes. It was good practice. He told us that by taking a deep breath, you can calm down, speak louder, and express yourself better during a performance. After that, Neil told us to say “yes” to our peers when they have an idea, whether it is good or bad. By doing this you don’t kill the creativity of your friends. But our good did a horrible job on that. For 80% of the time, we said “no”. After, we did does warm-ups, we got started with our performance.

The Outcome of this week was drama skills in general. Thanks to Neil, I was able to improve on many of my acting skills. Neil taught me how to breath. This might be a basic skill in drama, but Neil helped me with breathing a lot. I also learned that I have to always say “yes” to my peers ideas. Next time when we have an activity like this, I will say “yes” to no matter how bad the idea. I hope Neil comes to visit us again next year. Performing our skit was very fun because we had a great idea and it worked out well.

My Connection for this topic is on speaking loudly. If you don’t speak loudly during a play, the audience won’t hear you and they won’t get anything from you. People need to hear your voice in the theater. Taking a deep breath consistently is also important. Another connection I can make with theater is physical acting. When I am improvising or acting, I should do more something physical. When you don’t take a breath, it will be hard for you to calm down and speak.

My Room is Relaxing Area

The collage that I made shows who I am and what my room is like. My room is actually not blue, it is white. Also I only have a desk, bed and a tennis racket in my room. On the desk I have my computer, phone, and some writing utensils. I put a blue cloth on my collage because I wanted to show that my room is calm and quiet. The blue color can make people calm down. On my collage, I had an awful amount of electronics. This is because when I am in my room, I am either finishing up my homework or texting people. Also I sleep in my room(that’s why I have a the boy sleeping). I also put a tennis racket in my collage because before I get ready for tennis practice, I always go to my room and change, get my racket, and go. I also put the Häagen-Dazs picture because I sometimes eat in my room. I spend most of my time in the living room with my family, so I had a hard time making this collage. But overall, it was fun looking through magazines and finding what fits my collage. If I could, I would totally do this assignment again.




Introduction to Social History

Question 1: My perspective of Columbus changed a quite a lot. I didn’t know a lot about Columbus that much, so I thought that he was the first european who discovered America, but it seems like that is not the truth.

Question 2: My perspective of the Native Americans did not change at all. Before I read the article/watched the video, I believed that Native Americans are the ones that were in America first. I still believe that the Native Americans are nice and people and they didn’t do anything bad.

Question 3: When reading “History”, we should read many articles about that specific event and see which opinion we want to follow. By reading many articles of an event, you can know which sentences/phrases are bias.

Question 4: My theme for Columbus is darkness/shadow. By this, I mean that Columbus was in the shadows telling lies and all those bad things, but everyone else thinks that he is a good person and everyone follows him. I would focus on all the bad things he did.

Question 5: Our reading’s theme was truth. As I said before, Columbus is kind of like the bad guy. He is the one that killed many Native Americans. But in his own country, he is like a hero, which means that he has two faces. The people in his own country don’t no the truth because he doesn’t tell them the truth.

Drama Journal #6

The Key Idea for this week is movement. Movement is the dramatic element we looked into during the previous two lessons. Movement can refer to a type of dance or mime. Movement covers how we move around stage, downstage, upstage, avoiding masking another actor. Movement helps characterization. For example a confident person would walk smoothly in big steps. Movement also explains how the characters move in relation to each other on stage. Characters can move in a friendly manner, or threateningly depending on their personality and the situation happening on stage.Movement helps create a balance and contrast between movement scenes and having scenes with dialogue only. There are many types of movement humans can do, such as standing, walking, reaching, leaping, crawling, kneeling, etc. When looking at movement, we have to concentrate on the symmetry, whether the scene is symmetrical or A symmetrical, the proximity, if the actors are close or far apart. We have to concentrate on levels, as well as the tempo, if the character is moving slowly or quickly, smoothly or jerkily.

For the Approach, we chose a word to represent as a movement freeze frame. When doing this we had to consider the level, proximity, symmetry and tempo of movement. Movement is all about how we use our bodies to represent ideas, so we mainly focused on that. We also had to represent more complicated ideas such as conformity, isolation, independence and freedom.Next, we created 4 freeze frames on the growth of a human: birth, child, adult and old age. We used movement to represent these four stages symbolically, instead of using speech. For example, instead of physically bending our backs to show we are old, we have to find a more surreal way to communicate ‘old age’ to the audience. We also had to use movement to make transitions and connect the freeze frames together.

This weeks Outcome came from when we worked on the ‘birth, child, adult, old age’ scene, it was fairly simple and straightforward to make freeze frames for birth child and old age. We struggled a bit when we created the ‘adult’ scene. We ran out of ideas. We solved this by giving the freeze frame a ‘leaving’ kind of image, where Claire is the adult, walking away from family, and friends as if there is a new start to a new life, and the others would pull and hold on to her, as if we didn’t want to let go. This worked out pretty well because we were able to effectively use space and different levels.

The Connection is that it is important to know how to incorporate movement into theatre. In theatre it is good if there is a contrast between speech and movement. Also, sometimes movement can explain a meaning or symbol better than words. The audience also decides and judges what is happening on stage based on the movement the characters are doing. Movement is significant for characterization because the way characters walk or move would have an effect on their personality and relationships between other characters. For example, if a character is being controlled, the character would be kneeling on the floor and slouching to show that they have a low authority.

Drama Journal #5

This weeks Key Idea was symbol. Actors use symbols to represent a deeper meaning that is beyond the symbol’s appearance or common impression. Symbols can be incorporated into live theatre in many different ways. Actors use props, gestures, expressions, costumes, lighting and settings to represent different symbols that help show the storyline and main theme of the play. Symbol is one of the most complicated elements of drama. This is because the use of color is helpful for the audience to distinguish symbols, however colors such as red can mean either anger or love, which is controversial.

This weeks Approach was we got into pairs and we all got a different symbol drawn on a piece of paper. Around the symbol, we wrote all the words that had an association with the symbol. We also wrote down what feelings we could get from the symbol and any scenes that could be made based on the symbol. Next, we made a group of 4 with another pair. Olle and I decided to make a group with Moe and Leo. Our symbol was a clock (time), Moe and Leo’s group had a 100 dollar bill (money) symbol. We had to find a group that had a symbol that could somehow be connected to ours. After creating groups we had to come up with a scenario with 2 scenes, one scene including one symbol, the other scene using the other symbol. Our of the many ways symbols can be  incorporated in the scene, we represented the symbols in the scene as props.

This weeks Connection with theater is that symbol is extremely significant in theatre work. The reason why I think this is because sometimes the actors should have a contrast of showing and telling. The characters in a scene should not always tell the audience what is happening or make the central theme or motifs in the scene too clear. It is more interesting for the audience if they can figure out deeper meanings from symbols themselves. The audience can think about the feelings they feel from the symbol and connect the feelings to what is happening on stage. Overall, symbols are also a quick way to explain concepts happening on stage. Also, instead of the character telling the audience what is right or wrong, symbols are controversial, therefore the audience can interpret the scene in whichever way they want to.In real life symbols are everywhere on the streets, representing different things.