Expeditions 2017 Reflection

  1. What did you learn about yourself?

I learned that during hard times like the tiring parts of the hike, I pushed myself and although it was very difficult at some times, I tried to keep my pace and didn’t give up so I learned that even though at sometimes I do think negatively, I am able to keep going and push myself. I also learned that nature really helped with clearing my mind and relaxing so I should sometimes take a break from technology and just take in the environment around me.

2. Describe the challenges you faced and the ways you challenged yourself.

The challenges were, of course, the difficult parts of the hike, but keeping a positive mindset really helped to face those challenges. And my group really challenged ourselves because we decided to take the trail instead of the road, and everyone helped each other especially Connor, our team leader who helped keep the atmosphere very fun.

3. How did you develop self-reliance?

I think just everything really related to self-reliance because we were sleeping in tents in freezing weather in a really different environment that we are not so familiar with so you’re making your own decisions and looking after yourself especially without all the clean showers and technology that is a big part of our lives. The hike also helped as well because we were carrying our own food and bed where usually it would be provided for us but this time we were in control of those things.

4. What would you do differently next time?

I think next time I would try to talk to people I don’t usually talk to that much, because although I did share a few things I just didn’t really feel a very strong community so I think not only in the next expeditions but even just throughout the school year, I want to be able to get out of my comfort zone and build stronger relationships.

5. Describe your role in the community of the expedition and your connection with the YIS community.

I think my role in the community was offering support to others because during the expeditions I helped people carry their stuff or just volunteered to do things that helped the others.  And as well in the YIS community I try to keep an open mind and be flexible so that I am able to support other people and build a very strong community.

I&S – Psychology: Nature vs Nurture

Is our behavior determined by genes, or environment? Physical characteristics are generally based on inheritance, however we cannot say that it is the same for how we act. The nature vs nurture debate is the discussion whether our behavior and actions is either inherited through genetics, or if they are influenced by our surrounding environment. I believe that although genetics are the basis, they could easily be altered by how someone was raised, society, and culture.

Example: Recently, I have found that there are ‘intelligent genes’ and that you can inherit you’re parents smartness. If a man was successful because he was hardworking and intelligent, the child has the potential to be just as hardworking or intelligent based on these ‘intelligence genes’. However if the child was raised in a spoiled environment, the child may not reach that potential, as the child was spoiled and did not get educated like the parent. On the other hand, a child can be better at math than their parent if they studied hard. Although genetic makeup is a big part of who we are, a child’s upbringing can easily influence the outcome.

We learned that in a Cambridge experiment, adults and babies were placed in a room with gender-typed toys, to study if the adults would choose the toy to play with depending on the baby’s gender. All adults chose according to gender stereotypes (girls like dolls, boys like cars). This suggested that parent’s impose these gender stereotypes on their children. However, in a Hines experiment, they placed gender-typed toys with monkeys to see how the nature will react. The females were interested in the baby dolls, while the males were interested in the cars. This is because biologically, females tend to be more nurturing due to being fertile therefore they would choose the baby doll, while males are naturally more masculine and were interested in the toy that moves. I agree more with the Hines study, that the reason girls tend to like girly toys and boys tend to like boyish toys is due to instinct however, parents do tend to force these ‘stereotypes’ on their children because that is the norm in society.

Hereditary plays a big part in how we behave, however they do not determine everything. Some kids come from musical parents and become musicians as well, however if the child did not sing or play any instruments, they will not become a musician just because ‘it’s in their genes’.