GCD – Personal Goal

My personal goal was by the PP deadline in March, I will create a 20 to 30 minute documentary on raising awareness and educating the YIS community on why outdoor wilderness experience is important for people with special needs. My main focus for my research will be ASD because I have a family friend that we see often with ASD in a vacation cabin in the middle of the wilderness. Moreover, the documentary will include various interviews, presented research, and an outdoor recreational experience. The level of challenge should be between a special needs outdoor activity to a special needs outdoor adventure camp.  I will help give children with disabilities an outdoor experience and gain further understanding of ASD and outdoor education philosophies.

This stretched my comfort zone because I had to develop social skills to communicate with people with special needs, in a challenging outdoor environment. I do not have a lot of experience in running camps as well so this will be a highly new and challenging goal.

To plan to achieve this goal I had to create an action plan. The colors divide my action plan into research, meetings, events, and product progress. This helped me make sure I achieved my goal in time for the official deadlines. I set self-deadlines with to-do lists so I managed my workload over a period of time without doing it all on the last day.

Action Plan

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<span style=”color: #000000;”>Appendix E: Progress and Reflection on Action Plan</span>

I took action by volunteering on a 5 day ski camp with NPO 法人HAL. I recorded videos of the trip and my process so I could include it in my video and share my experience with the YIS community. I also conducted interviews to support my argument to clearly express to the YIS community.

I had to develop my social skills because I had to figure out and experiment with particular ways to interact with each individual child with special needs. I also had to learn how to manage information by taking notes of tasks that were given to me. In addition, I had to communicate with the other volunteers by telling them when tasks were done if there was an issue and if there was a job I could do. I developed these skills because I had to adapt my strategy by having a notebook, or being more outgoing because of the feedback I got from the older volunteers about how I could improve. I can also transfer these skills into my future work experience because many of these systems come from professional working places.

GCD Reflection: Work Experience

Throughout the past year, I have just begun to engage in professional working environments. Although I am not legally old enough to work yet, I have taken the initiative of getting working experience through jobs I am applying for. One job that included a lot of working together with people higher than me was summer school. Last summer I volunteered to work at summer school helping out ES basketball, and HS math. Although I was not being paid, I felt like it was really important for me as a growing human being.

I remember the first week I was unsure, holding back, and I was not going out with 100% of my energy in the working field. This came out in the basketball camp. My job was to help out our coach, participate in games, and help run activities. I saw myself being a little passive the first week. The coach told me that it was ok to be passive the first week because it was my first time and it was a new experience. However, he told me that he expected me to do more in the second week and be more involved. This included just being louder, especially in a sporting environment. He told me to give out advice and be fully engaged in the learning of the kids. This was a wake-up call for me, as I tried my hardest to be loud and engaged in the purpose of my job. I realized that I was lucky to be in a working environment where I wasn’t being paid because it allowed to me to make mistakes and learn from them. Being paid sets a higher expectation. Not being paid gave me room to make mistakes and learn from them so I was thankful for this opportunity. Being able to have this flexible learning experience, was important to me because I learned how it was to work in a professional working environment. From learning to give a 100% of my energy and display what I can offer as a person I can carry on this attitude towards future jobs. This has changed me as a person because I used to think that having a job was showing up and doing your role. Now I think that that is still necessary but you should also show something extra that only you as a person can offer to a working community. This opportunity makes me curious about how working in an environment where you’re getting paid to work for is different to this experience.

The other experience I had where I was actually getting paid was through babysitting. Through this experience, I learned that everyone’s needs are different. It’s important to follow the expectations of the people that are paying you, and also show what you offer that is different to other potential babysitters. I also learned that people you work for are not only looking for who can get the job done effectively, but also who is the kind of person we want working for us. This changed who I am because now when I go into a job, I try to focus on my strengths and take advantage of those. Another important idea I learned about was communication in working environments. I learned through babysitting that it is important to communicate if you have finished a task with your co-workers/who you’re working for. This is so they can have a sense of relief that I am doing the job that they need to be done for themselves. Self-management is also very key as you need to follow the times/deadlines that are set in order to be successful at your job from the eyes of who you’re working for.

Through these working environments, I am excited to use more of my bilingual skills, and my personality to work in more demanding paid working environments.

GCD Reflection: Maintaining Wellness

One way that I have maintained practices of physical wellness is through daily exercise. Every day, I feel like I do a type of exercise. Whether it is playing basketball before or after school or a school team I am exercising every day. One of the benefits that come with exercising every day is that it clears my mind. It clears my mind from stressful school work or things I must do. Instead, I am in the moment away from normal life and exercising.It gives me a break and is a hobby I love. It really doesn’t matter what kind of exercise it is, what matters is that it’s fun and clears my mind.


Another way that I have maintained wellness is through social well-being. Hanging out with friends or teammates is not only fun but is pure. Meaning, that you are living in the moment which is the main benefit of my social practices. I like to be doing an activity that puts me away from thinking about the future or the past. Being in the moment helps me clear my mind and just have a good time. I think wellness means to be in the moment and clearing your mind, as you do not worry about other things in life.

I hope to continue these practices of wellness in the future as it helps me enjoy life and not stress about it too much.

Niigata Trip 2016

I went to Niigata for the YIS Expedition this year. The main activities were camping, hiking, and all the tasks that come along with it. I learned a lot of things about group management, self-reliance, and relationships. Those were the main ideas in our trip. For 3 days and 2 nights, we went backpacking and we had to do things like cook our own food, clean toilets and setting up and taking down tents. This expedition made me feel excited for every next activity to come, because it was more time to learn how to be both independent and dependent on others.

I learned a lot in my hiking group about managing to get by as a team. We had to do things like supporting each other on the trail, bring pieces of food for each other’s lunch, and some people had roles like the moral officer, navigator, timekeeper, etc. These were all important components in making the hike enjoyable by working together with our group. I also learned how to work together with your tent members to set-up and take down the tents, and help eachother wake up and get ready in the mornings. I also built stronger relationships with people through these groups.

Some of the things I got out of my experience was that you need to be self-reliant, because if you are not self-reliant you will slow down the group. Meaning that when you say you’re waking up at 5 am to see the sunrise, you will be awake and ready to go. Also being reliant in yourself to get materials, food, and prepare for the next activities so you do not slow down the team. In addition, I learned that attitude plays a big part in having a hiking group. If one person says” I’m tired” or “I’m cold” that negative attitude will get in the other members as well. To reply to it we said things like “yeah … but not too tired”.

This trip connected to a lot of trips I have been on with my family. A lot of hiking and camping skills I already had enough of for this trip, however, the hiking with a larger group was slightly new for me. Especially for the distance we traveled. This makes me want to know more about how to go backpacking with cooking materials, tents, and etc. in your bag. And how that experience will differ.

I feel like this expedition is a metaphor for having both self-reliance and relationships at balance in everyday life. If you rely completely on relationships, then when you need to be independent and do things on your own you will not be able to do them as people are worried about their own tasks. If you are too self-reliant and not social or supporting others, then you are not helping people around you and asking for their help and you will not build any relationships. Both sides are the coin are equally important. If you don’t have one, you won’t have the other.

I conclusion, this trip was a very wildreness trip because we were in very remote areas. We didn’t have our phones and we had drop down toilets that we would eventually have to clean. A very central idea behind the trip was also to leave nature like you found it. Therefore, through this trip we built a strong relationship with nature which made it a very wilderness trip. I think that in the future, I want to carry these ideas about relationships and self-reliance into the future.niigata-expedition-2016-2-1060112-xl niigata-expedition-2016-6149-xl niigata-expedition-2016-6439-xl niigata-expedition-2016-6595-xl niigata-expedition-2016-6805-xl niigata-expedition-2016-6811-xl

Space Trash

Lots of satellites are sent up into space. A satellite is an object that orbits the earth. Artificial satellites are used to help look at the earth from a new perspective to help predict the weather, and so on. In addition, artificial satellites receive and send signals to communication systems like TVs. These are more useful because there is not much that can potentially intercept signals, between it and a location on earth. These artificial satellites can also view other stars, and the instruments can help improve our understanding of space. A satellite has a better view than any telescope located down on earth because the atmosphere does not get in the way. However, these satellites sometimes turn into the trash when they are left unused.

A lot of people think that space is open and free. However over the last 55 years, humans have been littering space by leaving artificial satellites out carelessly. The trash comes from mainly satellite pieces and broken space objects that we send up. This debris orbits the earth, so people stopped worrying about leaving trash out in space because they knew it would not get lost. However, the 500,000 pieces of debris orbiting the earth at 17,500 miles per hour is a big danger and a worry.

The danger of space trash is a social factor. This can interfere with travel, and launching equipment to outer space, because the trash can be a range from fuel tanks to chipped off pieces. Even small objects moving at rapid speeds can affect the travel of rockets launched into space. In addition, these pieces of trash can hit each other and can break up into smaller pieces, which can eventually come back to earth and crash. According to the article, Trash in Space “In 1997, a main propellant tank from the Delta 2 fell to Earth and landed in Georgetown, Texas, almost intact (unbroken). It weighed 550lbs and made a 30ft. crater (hole).” Additional trash has made its way back to earth as well. We have been lucky that this danger hasn’t harmed our lives. However if we don’t stop this soon, this could be a big disaster.

One idea is to make a space shuttle, that collects this trash. Such as the “Currently being developed by US-based Star Technology and Research, the “ElectroDynamic Debris Eliminator” is being designed so that it grabs space trash in a net and pulls it in.”  according to the Trash in Space article. This waste can be burned on the way down to earth, or recycled to other space materials. To make costs low, they will make the machine collect power from the sun and the magnetic force of the earth.

In conclusion, artificial satellites and rockets are sent up to space and are great machines that help our understanding of The Earth and space. However, we must remember that we shouldn’t be comfortable leaving used pieces out in space because the trash will come back to affect space travel and harm human beings on earth. To prevent this we should stop leaving pieces of debris out in space, and start collecting the space trash.

Works Cited
Dolasia, Sona. “Trash . . . . . In Space?” DOGOnews. N.p., 19 Mar. 2012. Web. 07 June 2016.
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Space.com Contributor, Elizabeth Howell. “What Is a Satellite?” Space.com. N.p., 27 Feb. 2014. Web. 07 June 2016.       <http://www.space.com/24839-satellites.html>.