May 2018 archive

Academic Skill

This was my first year writing a Paper 1. To some extent, I had some difficulties writing a paper one more than doing my Oral commentary or a written task.  I was really worried about my exams which were coming up on May 22nd. Before the exams, as a class, we all agreed to come to school early to discuss the techniques and words we could use to write a paper one. Due to the schedules, English class was the only class we kept on missing due to school events, which is why as a class we decided to go to school at 8:00 and relearn about paper one.

All students needed to accomplish a practice paper 1, however, due to the influence, I got from examples I did poorly before the exams. This made my English teacher worried and so was I. I emailed my teacher immediately discussed what I can to improve even more and have a strong analysis.

I made an appointment Afterschool. At this time, we went through the thesis and my introduction of the body paragraph. There were 2 things I was really confused about, the word choice when I needed to explain my purpose of the article and an argument between diction creates tone/mood VS diction in general. We used 45min to talk about a consistent work I can use in my purpose of the article section and focusing on grammar error.

Due to this appointment ( one-to-one) seminar, I have improved a lot better in class which made my paper one practice 2 -before the exams- a lot better. The results from practice I did before the exam shown in the results.

The results gave me hope and felt very appreciated for giving me the opportunity to have an appointment with my English teacher. To make my paper 1 better, I am asking another appointment to go through my exam Paper one so that I can understand better and improve on my mistakes.

Global Understanding- Cambodia Trip

I have joined a service group called “Hope.” In HOPE service group, our general goal as a club is to support and deepen the relationships between these rural communities in Pursat Province, Cambodia and our partnership with HOPE in YIS. Before going to Cambodia, we make our own individual fundraising to go to Cambodia and as advocates raising awareness inside and outside of school. During the trip, our goal is to engage in person-to-person exchange with villagers in Cambodia (ex. with the children who will attend the school) and local HOPE staff. We also help construct schools and well for the poor family. 

This year was my first time traveling for a service trip using my money that I fundraise outside and inside the school. By fundraising my own money to go to Cambodia made me a mature person as I needed to time manage myself and face the reality of earning money. Our individual goal is to raise 70000-80000 yen however I have earned 90000Yen.

We stayed in Cambodia for a week, and for 3 nights we move to a countryside in Cambodia to help construct a new school; wells for a poor family; and teaching English to the kids.  We stayed in a tent which was built inside a temple. Since Japan is Highly developed Country, the environment that was surrounded me felt uncomfortable, however, I thought it was a good opportunity to actually know how it feels to live like the Kids in this village.

I am very fulfilled that I had an opportunity to go to Cambodia and understand a life I won’t be able to experience in a developing country. By going on this trip, I felt strongly satisfied with no regret on this trip. This is because I was able to see a huge smile on their (kids) faces, which was one of the reasons why I wanted to go on this trip- to see them very happy. However, to some extent, I felt like building school is not a great option. Of course, there are a lot of benefits by building schools but since there are more than 10 students for YIS who went on this trip to help out in Cambodia, we may have taken work away from local builders who need the work to earn money. In addition, the school may have built faster if we didn’t help out because the local workers have more skill and experience. This came to a conclusion that it would’ve been better to support and show awareness by building gardens and plants which- also shows interaction with kids and environmentally friendly-  rather than building schools and buildings.

Although, there might be some other ways the ‘HOPE’ service trip can help out efficiently when they go to Cambodia. But I think building school is not a bad idea and the activity of building school should not be stopped. By having more schools, the students in Cambodia can have a better education. They will have more opportunities to go to school. Yet, this trip has inspired me what is happening in the world and always feeling appreciated what I have now. If I have another chance to interact with kids outside of Japan, I would love to travel again for a service trip.