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GCD Multilingualism

I was born in Japan, and Japanese is my first language. When I became an elementary student, I was enrolled in an international school, and that was my start to learning English. Before I enrolled in the school, I had almost no prior knowledge of English. I remember studying English at ‘Kumon’, but I only…

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GCD: Management

Personal Project was a huge part of my Grade 10 school life and it was the project that required me the most management and organization skills out of all other projects and tasks I’ve done both at school and outside of school. I started this project at the very end of Grade 9 and continued…

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GCD: Wilderness Engagement

For G10 expedition, I chose to go to Okinawa to earn a PADI open water dive certification. It was my first experience diving and I was excited, but also really nervous about it. Before the expedition, it was our responsibility to study the diving workbook we received months prior to the trip. I studied about…

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GCD: Global Understanding

Between February 4th and 12th (2018), I travelled to Cambodia as part of a service trip that the school offers along with other students from my grade and the grade above. It was my first time going to a country outside of my home countries (Japan and China), and I was eager to see how…

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GCD: Artistic Expression

I have started playing the piano when I was four years old, and am still continuing to practice new skills and play new songs for more than eleven years. It took a long time (maybe six years) until my technical skill was at a level that I could sight-read and play an intermediate-level song. Back…

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GCD: Community Engagement

During 8th grade, I was a part of GIN CAS, a service club. A part of this club activity was to go visit the Chiku Center, where people served simple food and fruits to the local homeless and the local people few times a week in a park in Kotobukicho area, near the school. I…

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Blood Doping Evaluation

Blood doping is the misuse of techniques that increase one’s blood cell level, which allows the body to transport more oxygen to muscles. This improves athletes’ performances, since they can produce more energy. According to World Anti-doping Agency (WADA), there are three methods for blood doping: erythropoietin (EPO), synthetic oxygen carriers, and blood transfusions. EPO…

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GCD: Inter-Cultural Communication

In February 2018, I visited Cambodia for a week as part of a service trip. When I got to a rural area of Cambodia, I was surprised by how the streets and houses looked, and it made me realize that it has only been 40 years since the Khmer Rouge. One of our main activities…

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Okinawa Expedition

I went to Okinawa for my Grade 10 field studies. It was a valuable experience, and it was my first time diving. Prior to the actual trip, we had to study for quizzes. The study was a good amount of read, and since we finished three of the five quizzes before going on the trip,…

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Duke of Edinburgh Service: Coin Drive for Cambodia

Since the meeting last Monday, our Grade 9 Group in Cambodia Service club decided to do a coin drive through middle school, high school, and teachers to raise money. The grade with the least money would win, meaning that students had to put money in other grades’ jar to make them lose. We posted the…

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