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ARTISTIC EXPRESSION// Dance

One way I like to express my feelings is through dance. Since I was little I was dancing what so ever. My mom put me in ballet, then Jazz, hip-hop and then cheerleading. Through these experiences in different types of dances, I was able to express my feelings strongly than others.

Understanding the ability I have, I wanted to take Dance as one of my IB classes. But then, I realize it was gone, I started to join Dance company at school since 9th grade. From 11th grade, I started to be the leader of the team with 3 others. Personally, I am more of a “giving advice” person and what I’ve realized is that it is easy to state what to do, but it is hard for others to feel and dance to it. I think it is easy for me to easily express what the (teacher, coaches) want from the performance because from a long dance journey and also it is just my personality but I realize it is hard for others. I still like to do dance because it releases my stress and dance can help me things I don’t want to express in words. Such as anger, confusion, love, and anxieties. I also like to express these through editing pictures.

The habits I got from competitive cheerleading is that I videotape myself dancing to see how I look. This is important to see how you look because if a self-individual thinks it is bad then the audience will also think the same. But also it is always good to be aware of little small steps for perfections, especially for me.  My habit is to always stretch after taking a warm bath. The flexible you are, there will be more flow in movements.

My goal is to perform more often to make a music video/dance video with my 7 senior members for the first and last memory.

 

Multilingualism- Japanese vs English

Both of my parents are Japanese, and either of them can’t speak fluent English. Although both of my parents attended a Japanese school, my mom always had doubts about Japanese education, which is why my mum let me attend an international school in Japan for 2 years old.

When I was little, I had negative thoughts and embarrassment to my parents because they cannot speak English compared to other parents. I didn’t like translating every sentence from English to Japanese. Such as times in parents teacher-led conference, traveling and writing an email in English. Of course, there are times I have to do these jobs and it is not my favorite thing to do. But as I grow older, I appreciated the opportunity to be a translator because it gave me motivation to self- educate to become a close native English speaker. I remember I used to write down words, use a dictionary to search words and so on. Now I am appreciated to my parents because, without the opportunity of translation, my English and Japanese wouldn’t be better.

My use of language has developed and I am capable to use both languages equally in a different situation, however, there are aspects of me I am more American inside but Japanese outside. As I grow older and older, my Japanese pride gets smaller and smaller, I really don’t know why, but I personally think my personality best fits in the U.S rather than here. But most importantly it is because I speak English more often than Japanese. English is the language that is been instructed in School, I listen and read it in English and I write in English than Japanese. Therefore, I sometimes question my Japanese culture, even though I am pure Japanese and I never lived in a different country.

Furthermore, Stereotypically speaking, Japanese follows the rules, they are quiet, they don’t share their opinion frequently. This is not me. I am super loud, I love to share ideas and I somewhat follow the rules ( depends what it is) but not always. I also like to celebrate events and the fun fact is like I don’t like Sushi but I like sushi’s in America ( Spicy tuna rolls and California rolls).

As mentioned, I question about my culture and I believe that my Japanese pride will be taken away when I attend to a  University in the State soon and of course my English will be stronger than my Japanese. Because I have both languages, it expresses who I am. If couldn’t speak Japanese or English, I feel like I wouldn’t be the same- me. Thus, I always take it positively and it will help me in future internships and businesses.

 

Public Communication// Paralympic

My cheerleading group and I had the opportunity to perform at the Paralympic event, hosted at   Ueno Park last spring. Our team is very well-known in the district of Minato in Tokyo, thus, we are usually on Minato TV or on NHK TV show. The Paralympic event was lived on T.V while I got the opportunity to do a speech after a little performance. The reason why we performed at the Paralympic event was to give chant and energy for the Paralympic athletes.

Reflecting on my speech, I think I was able to spread my love for cheerleading and give strong reasons behind why I like cheerleading because I thought this place( the stage and the reason we did the performance) was the best fit. I started cheerleading because I thought it fitted well with my personality: cheerful, energetic, physical and so on. But as I keep on cheerleading in other areas of the country or even for sports. I saw the difference between competitive and just being a chant for a team. Currently, I like both because it gives different energy and emotions to the performance. Such as a chant is a more giving spirit. Compared to competitive cheerleading (with gymnastics) the performance is more high level and inspirational.

My cheerleading was always giving natural smiles to everyone and giving the audience the motivation to accomplish their challenges or actions they are willing to take. Therefore, doing a speech at the Paralympic event was the best opportunity for me to express my way of cheerleading. Also, I was allowed to speak in English in some parts, thus, I thought I made a group of unity. This was a smart thing to do at the event because the Olympics is international.

Work Experience- YIS SUMMER PROGRAM ( assistance teacher)

I never tried working for a paid job however, I have worked in school and outside of school as an unpaid job. Personally, It doesn’t really matter to me if I get paid or not paid because I like to help other people and it makes me happy and achievable in life when doing an unpaid job. At school, I have worked at YIS summer program for 2 weeks as an assistant teacher for 3rd graders.

On the very first day, I was very nervous about going to school because it was my first like teaching little kids on work. I am used to teaching sports such as volleyball and cheerleading, however, I never taught academics. I was very nervous because I was worried about the fact if I told something wrong and how to interact with them if they don’t understand.

Through the experience, I learned what it is like to have multiple kids and gave me a strong idea of myself being a mom. The experience was an advantage to me because now I know how to teach my own child when I grow up. This is important to know an advantage because it allows future plans how to be taught to be a good person and to be smart. Not only it gave me an advantage to the future but personally,  I learned how to teach students and willing to teach other students when I get older ( tutoring)

The YIS summer program was a very fun experience and gave me growth of independence and knowledge on kids.

Community Engagement- Service

Over the past 4 years in High school, I was involved in many service groups. The services I was involved was Dragon council, Sustainability, HOPE, Chiku center, and HS Refugee, however, I am very proud of the effort I have shown in Dragon Council and The HOPE group.

11th grade was my first year that I was engaging a lot in the HOPE service group. HOPE is a service group that supports International Development Agency to underserved rural communities. As students, our role is to raise awareness about the needs of those in poverty, particularly in Cambodia. Students volunteer for inside and outside of school, such as, HOPE’s Tokyo-based events and or fundraise for HOPE projects and advocate for HOPE’s work on sustainable development on issues such as sanitation and education. Additionally, some students like myself, engaged in direct service on an annual trip to Pursat Province, Cambodia to engage in development work and build relationships with the local Cambodian community. However, to be considered for this trip people must also commit to being active members of the HOPE Service club.

I’ve never been so engaged in a service group. I love helping out inside and outside of school, however, I have never done things what I personally wanted to do to fundraise or help out the community. I do things what supervisors tell me to do or what groups tell me to do. But, HOPE was different. I was desperately motivated and I had a strong desire to go on the trip to Cambodia, I needed to fundraise 80000 yen individually. My first step was to do a bake sale during the AISA tournament. I sold 20 rainbow cupcakes and 1 cupcake cost 150 yen with frosting, which was a success. My next idea was to do a pitch at my dad’s business by giving a presentation about HOPE service group and the reasons why I would like to go on the trip.

My final idea was to sell tie-dye t-shirts during the YIS food fair. It is a school event where everyone is welcome. I thought this was a good idea because there will be a lot of parents and children who may like to donate or help me by buying my T-shirt. On that day, I earned  1000 yen. I’ve already reached my goals in order for myself to go on the trip, however, I helped donate the money by additionally, selling all my game players and the things I don’t need. As a group, we did a lot of bake sales during school time and also at winter concerts. Not only I was engaged in fundraising the money, but I also helped out events outside of school such as an event that was hosted in Odaiba.

From all the individual fundraising I did to go on the trip, I had a strong satisfaction by going on the trip. I had so much fun and learning experiences with Cambodian kids, different age groups. They’ve taught me their languages how to say ‘Hello’, ‘Thank you’ and I learned how to count from 1 to 10.  We also taught them English and had a class every day to teach them math and vocabularies in English. Mostly, the trip was fun because we were able to help the children build a new school, built 3 wells for the poor family and just interacting with them, however, the trip made it even more successful to me by learning about their (Cambodia) History. Because I don’t take History, and I understand myself I don’t know about the world, this was a good opportunity for me to have a wide perspective. Also, we had the time to look around the temples.

I appreciate everyone: donator, parents, personal motivation, teachers, and friends who made the trip very memorable.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another service I am most proud of is the Dragon Council (DC). This is my 5/6th year of joining Dragon council. Each year, the DC members are becoming a bigger community. DC group is the bridge to all the spirits happening in YIS. We take advantage of their spirit and use them to create a sports event, such as Volleyball world cup, basketball tournament after the season ends.

This year, we are planning to make a sports day and PEP RALLY in YIS. Not only sports event but we host AISA and WJAA tournament. We do scorekeeping, create t-shirts, we make athletes feel comfortable to be in Japan( students from OSAKA and KOREA) and so on. If we don’t have DC, we won’t be able to organize a sports event, host tournaments really smoothly and so on.

Last year, I was one of the senior council group, having a role of “treasure.” My role was to keep track of money(selling food/buying food), buying flowers for the seniors, buying Pizza’s, t-shirts, taxi’s and so on. As one of the members of the senior council, I was able to help out plan future events and organize sports award as well. But this year, I am representing DC as a vice president.  My job as a vice president is to help my president out for schedule, organizing sports awards, contacting Mr.T, and keeping track of everything in general.

I wanted to bring an idea of pep rally because Pep rally has a role to make everyone bond and to share the fun times with others. Since YIS has a lot of spirits and talents where it should be shared, I thought pep rally would be the best place to share but school time cannot be used, a pep rally will be held during AISA or WJAA tournament.

Reflecting my High school experiences in YIS, I realized that I was engaged in different communities and allowed to help YIS a better community. Not only I was in a service group, but I also helped YIS a better community by performing dances in live aid, winter/spring concert. Overall, the Dragon Council and HOPE service group were the most productive and achievable experienced I had in my High school year.

 

Wellness- Cheerleading

Now that I think, I am glad I did cheerleading outside of school. I was in a Japanese community with strict Japanese rules which is tougher compared to inside school activities. An example I could give is mainly manners and also they only gave us 30sec of water breaks. After a water break, we needed to run to not lose time. Well, before we go into details about my wellness, let me introduce my team. My local team, Shibaura Angeles, is a very top level and famous cheerleading club in Japan. A lot of people in other teams admire us for our performances and level of skills. There, I was in the very top class named EXTREME. We usually have practice  2 times a week for 2  hours, however, during competition month-3 times a week with 4hours of practice on weekends. The Extreme is meant to be role models for outside teams and the teams for our own club. We had pressures to be good role models for perfect performance, perfect energy and of course, manner as well. I have been in the Extreme team for a lot of years and it strongly taught me 3 basics of wellness: mental, physical and emotional. Reflecting back now, I became a better adult and become a strong athlete.

Physical is a very important strength in Cheerleading. We use a lot of strength and power to move, tumble and also to lift people up. Thus, cheerleading uses a lot of energy compared to any other sports because we use our brain and we use our full body. Cheerleading has no rest between music unline running, swimming or there is no distance/time decided. In addition, running is a one-way track/path, however, in cheerleading, we have to move up and down, left to right, flip back and forward and so on. All these strengths I used in cheerleading gave me a strong physical condition. I personally still do struggle to breathe in and out while practicing my performance. Depending on how much you emphasize and give energy in performance, the more strength you will need. Yet, 6 years old strong training still makes me throw up sometimes on the mat.

In my local team, we warm up 15 minutes of running and we go straight to jump practice. We usually jump for 30 minutes. Then, depending on the days, we have our own personal trainer who trains us full body such as cardio, muscles, and for strong movements for an hour. Personally, I like to do my own training such as going to the gym on my own time. In addition to getting my own personal trainer outside of the club to understand the places, I am weak at.  It helped me a lot to be a strong athlete and has helped me feel easier to train during practice.

Furthermore, cheerleading is a very competitive sports inside the club and outside of the club. This means that we do act like a family but most of the people have rivals for spots. Since it is a performance, it is better to have good spots such as in the middle front or the middle to start off with. Those are the best positions because everyone can see you and it shows the audience that you are skillful. Personally, I didn’t have any rials or never felt pressured by the people around me. Not in my local cheerleading club. However, I did have an emotional breakdown from a lack of performances. First of all, I got emotionally stressed on my knee and my ankle which connected to my performances in competition. Since we perform all together and showing a miss during a competition is a huge thing. I used to have it a lot when I was new to cheerleading and even though in practice you show no miss in performance due to the lack of confidence and nervousness, I used to show a lot of miss aka tumbling misses. Emotionally, I felt guilt and sorryful for not perfecting my performance. My emotions decrease even further when my coach stopped using me to tumble and gave me bad spots when creating a new routine. The atmosphere from the coaches gave me a strong message of disappointment in my performing skills and I knew I was ranked down in their favorite list.

To change myself, what I did was I went on a diet during the summer. I knew myself I was very heavy and due to the cause of my weight, I wasn’t able to show good strength, good performances, and injuries. Through the process of running a lot and only eating 2 meals I day, I ended up losing at least 8kg in 10month. Luckily, I was right about my weight needed to be changed. My body was lighter and easier for me to move around. I developed my tumbling skills in less than a year with different varieties of tumbling skills. This bumped my emotions up and acing all my performances after my diet. In addition, this has mentally supported me by loving who myself even better and gave me more confidence in each competition that I have performed really well.

Through the process of experiencing a roller coaster of physical, mental and emotional, the local team was just a practice. As I walk the path to become more competitive, I tried out of to be a representative of JAPAN: TEAM JAPAN 2017. Then, I started to call myself an elite athlete.   Compared to my local team, it was a whole new level. More competition, more strength, more injuries, more pressured by others and strict coaches.

Here, my mental has improved the most. As an elite cheerleader, mental is the most significant thing at the end because we need to believe each other and most importantly, in yourself to achieve our own goals and to perform the best you can but generally, mental was tough. The camps were basically a full day from 5:00am to 10:00pm  or maybe until 00:00am if the coach doesn’t accept on our practice routine. As mentioned, listening to this, it is mentally tough to follow. What I learned from here is that I learned how to keep my energy and when I should take rest during the practices. Since we are not allowed to sit down or yawn, I needed to play smart and understand my energy level which is why mental was a huge thing.

Moreover, as the level of skill increases- the harder your levels are, there is more pressure to performance 100% clean. Unlike math, there is no formula or an independent valuable because humans are different every day. We all act differently every day. If we act the same 365 days we are robots. THus, competing in a competition like ICU- International cheer union- also a cheerleading Olympics and WORLD, is pressured. Pressured than your final exams. I actually don’t know how I did it but I know myself that I am mentally strong in performing. I used to shake when I step on the mat however, i may still do but I know it feels different. I like to perform now and I like people to watch me and to take pictures which is why I know mentally I have improved so much. When I perform I like to say ‘ you are the star, you are the no.1 and just do it.’  – always gives me 100% performance.

All in all, TEAM JAPAN- representing Japan has strongly given me such good education on psychical, emotional and mental. However, due to the support of my local cheerleading team,  gave me ‘a practice’ or I should say prepared myself before TEAM JAPAN and because of that, I am now who I am and I was able to develop myself even further.  I  Psychical can always help me with different sports such as volleyball because I do play volleyball as a school sport. What I thought was if people want to be physically strong inside, you also have to be emotionally and mentally strong as well to show 100% performance. All these years of cheerleading mainly taught me how to be a good athlete. Emotionally and mentally could also help me in presenting a presentation or dance in front of the class because a good performance or presentation can’t be good unless you feel confident.

Advanced Academics- Pre-College Summer Program 2017

The summer of 2017, after 10th-grade year, I traveled to California, Los Angeles to participate in a Pre College summer program in UCLA. I used to go to sports camp and have homestay, however, going to a college and staying in a freshmen’s dorm was my first time in my life. I wanted to participate in a Pre-College Summer Program because I wanted to challenge myself academically, stepping in early for IB and most of all, to improve my self-independence.

I have used Summer Discovery to enter a Pre- College Summer Progam which was a was a 6 weeks session in UCLA from the end of June to the first week of August. As mentioned, going to a camp wasn’t my first time, therefore, I wasn’t nervous about traveling alone. I was more excited and joyful to explore myself and to take a journey for new experiences in my life. But, It was my first time living alone and spending/sharing a room with a roommate. Since I am an only child in my family, my parents are very protective and do not trust me with self-independent about lifestyle-aka can’t look after myself because I do rely on my mom a lot. My main goal from this program was to develop my academic ability/knowledge and making my own decision, meaning, a person who can think as a college student and makes good plans in their studying. However, apart from academics, one of my goals out of many was to show myself and to my parents that I am an independent teenager who can cook and make smart decisions.

My UCLA roommate

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Introduction to Psychology In UCLA:

Psychology has always been an interesting subject for me from MYP year. Psychology is such a broad subject that I still cannot answer a question about my favorite and my strongest content in psychology, however, the interest in psychology came from the connection within a real-life situation: such as mental sickness, decision making, memory, stress and so on. I always wonder why and how our brain functions to actions and how we tend to act the way we want to. All these questions and interest concluded to a path of me picking psychology as one of my main pre-summer class to learn more deeply about the aspect of psychology. Also, of course, I was an upcoming junior ( going into an IB life), I wanted to take psychology as my IB course thus, I wanted to start earlier to get a better knowledge in 11th grade.

My psychology class was filled with high school students, undergraduates, and graduate students. My psychology class was twice a week(2hour lecture) with a mid and final semester exam. In each topic, we receive a slideshow that our teacher created. As this was my first time listening to long lectures and taking notes, I didn’t know what best fits me to multitask.

Each recording shows the evidence of how I changed my studying.

The picture above shows a simple note taking from the class. When I went back in my dorm to self-study what I learned in class, I realized that I have missed a lot of important details which it was hard for me to understand the notes I am even though it made sense when I was taking the class. Then I used a strategy my cousin did when she was a university student. Since I knew my psychology teacher talks really fast, I recorded his voice so that when I go back into my room I can re-note the information I have missed.  Thus, the fast lecture and taking notes has helped me in IB classes which I know what works for me and hat doesn’t. In addition, I learned how to take good notes which also helped me in my IB class in 11th grade.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Moreover, another thing we did in our psychology class was to read a case study relating to a topic we learned in class. Our job was to rewrite the study into our own words and summarize the whole case studies. I love reading however, I find reading long studies by a scientist is boring. It was very challenging for me to follow what was happening in the studies, however, as I kept on reading and reading, I have learned a lot of vocabulary and I learned the fun of reading non-fiction.

On the other hand, other than psychology, my other class which was an enrichment course was an SAT prep course. SAT prep course in UCLA gave me 4 chances to take a practice test which will help me in future test in 11th grade. They provided me with good condition to prepare for the actual test and gave me good tips and advice in the math section. Math is not a strong subject to me and still struggling but UCLA SAT prep class gave me a really good tip that I still use in my test. We had our practice test every 2 weeks which gave me confidence and shown growth in my SAT score little by little. I realized that if I study SAT every day for an hour I can improve and feel more confident with time and solving the problem.

Personally,  2017 Summer Pre-College Program has challenged me academically and to be honest, I have never studied this hard during the summer. Since I do competitive cheerleading, I have never deeply focused on education aka- no sports for 6 weeks. I can say it was challenging and hard for me to focus only on education because I am a very active person which is why it was also very challenging for me to focus on education with no active movements. just keep on writing, reading, writing and reading. Also, to only academics, I have experienced fights between friendship in this camp. I thought this can happen in my future university and I am happy that I was able to solve it. I always tell my mom what happened and get advice however since I was alone for 6 weeks and I wanted to stop relying on my mom and be more confident n my action, I am very happy that I was able to solve the situation as soon as possible.

All in all, I felt that this program helped me for college in the future and how to survive in IB. In addition to experiencing college-level academics and a step to being an adult. I am proud that I was able to achieve my own goal to become a better person and be more self-reliance as well. By going to this camp, I was able to understand who I am to achieve my academics better and take notes effectivly.

 

Inter cultural Communication

English is one of the most known languages in the world. I learned English and Japanese at the same time. As I grow up, there were years I felt English is my strongest language compared to Japan however, there were also other years I felt Japanese is my first language as well. Still yet, I am very confused which language is my mother tongue. Today, I want to share 2 events that I engaged different culture and the strategy I used to communicate effectively: Cheerleading and Cambodia Trip.

As I started doing cheerleading outside of school and started to spend more time outside of school with my Japanese friends, I started to think Japanese is easier to speak. I started cheerleading in 4th grade and I had a huge impression of me being really quite and not communicating very well in Japanese. I always needed to use hand a lot of gesture to communicate and use English and Japanese together to communicate with my coaches. However, as I started to grow up and started to use Japanese more than usual, I automatically developed my Japanese because I started to spend more time in Japan with my Japanese cheerleading friends, which allowed me to develop my Japanese skills. My coach has told me how fluent I became in speaking and started to learn difficult vocabulary. My Japanese level has also shown in my Japanese class, using lots of Kanji and reading fluently. Thus, this was a year when I thought my mother tongue was Japanese as I felt more Japanese but personality wise I felt American.

Currently, I feel more international student. As I stopped spending time with my cheerleading friends, I started to feel very equal. Not only that, I feel more comfortable using both languages since I have words I cannot explain in Japanese and sometimes cannot explain in Engish. Yet, even though I feel international, my mother tongue is slightly closer to English.

Furthermore, I would like to share an event from my Cambodia service trip. Cambodia Service trip has impacted me on how I see the world but also the culture differences. Our- YIS students- the job was to build schools for the children in Cambodia. The Kids in Cambodia took their time on their education to help us out to build their elementary school. As we needed to use our communication skills to collaborate,  talking in English has never stopped me. I learned that even though they may not know the meaning of the sentences, some kids may be an auditory learner. but the people who are Visual learner I started to point objects out and using gestures to communicate. As a group, we taught them the song Head, shoulders, knees and toes. This allows psychical movement and it is a folk song. Since children music is very catchy and easy to remember,  we thought it would be fun and easy to memorize. Moreover, the kids have a lot of motivation to learn English.  This is the Social cognitive theory. People can learn things by observing and not only experiences and this is through one aspect of motivation. This allows kids in Cambodia to learn things faster, therefore this is why one of my strategies was to use a lot of English to learn the sound of words and used gestures to understand the context or an object.

There are other times I felt Intercultural such as translating English to Japanese for my parents and learning new languages. In addition, understanding other peoples’ culture. But these 2 events/time has shown a strong memory in my life who I am and how I could communicate with others.

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.

Wilderness Engagement – Okinawa Trip

As part of the school curriculum, I went to Okinawa; a week-long expedition outside of school.  The Okinawa trip is a scuba diving expedition that allows students to earn PADI open water dive certification and engaging with nature under the sea.

This was my first time going to Okinawa and seeing the beaches there. Since I am a HUGE fan of the beach, I like seeing waves that shine as a crystal and listening to the waves “swish swish” back and forward because it makes me feel calm and relaxed. I was really happy about this expedition, however thinking about diving inside the ocean with a huge risk of our lives was terrifying. Even though I do interact with a lot of water activities such as snorkeling, banana boat, jet ski, and so on and scuba diving wasn’t my first time trying it out, I had a different vibe of nervous and fun before the trip because I usually  Scuba dive with an instructor which gives me direct direction and follow my pace, however, I am diving with a partner which has the same level of knowledge as me which made me feel uncomfortable and panic before the trip.

The Okinawa trip was a 5 day trip with a group of 30 students and a couple of teachers and some PADI, a professional scuba diving instructing company; traveled to Ishigaki Island, Okinawa, where we trained scuba diving.  We were given a textbook, from which we were told to study and learn about scuba diving, its risks, and the safety procedures. At the end of the trip, after demonstrating our scuba diving skills at sea and passing the textbook-based test, we would receive our ‘Open Water Diver Certification‘.

On the first day of diving, I was extremely nervous. My hands were shaking and I needed to hold my partner’s hand when I needed to dive into the ocean. My legs didn’t move as smoothly as usual and it was hard for me to catch up with my group. In addition, I really don’t like it when water enters inside my goggles which is my extremely fearful moment under the water, though the instructor taught us how to remove water outside until everyone was confident which made my fear reveal from the first day of diving. I felt more comfortable as I kept on swimming and being calm.

The trip was also wildly engaging from the test we needed to take every day and reading the textbook every morning and night to make sure we understand its safety and sign language under the water (most important)

As days passed by, I was able to enjoy the environment in the water and I was able to observe more than thinking about my risk of drowning. Moreover, I was able to let go my partner’s hand and was able to take pictures of the ocean. This gave me a sign that I am very confident and became mentally strong for my judgments ( when to descend and ascend )

 

Looking back now, I am glad I went on this trip and learn how to scuba dive ourselves. During this trip, I learned that It is good to rely on an instructor for confidence and safety, though, it was time for me to graduate and move on from that. This trip gave me an opportunity to be a risktaker and understand the fun and thrilling of scuba diving.

 

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