MY COLLEGE BOARD
INNITIATIVE COLLABORATION SKILLS
One of my many summer goals this year was to clean up my room; I'm talking about getting into every drawer and either gifting or trashing anything I found unnecessary. As I was doing so, I found that I had a lot of flyers and brochures from the different universities I had visited. I thought of throwing them out, but then again, these papers could surely assist me in the decision of what college was best. While I thought and thought my mind stumbled upon a great idea. I remembered I had this cork board in my room with nothing in it, so I decided to pin up everything that was useful, and so I did with the help of my maid.
I began by scattering all of the papers on my floor and dividing them according to their college. I found I had a few important things missing for some like acceptance rates, diversity percentages or maps, so I busted out my computer and started to research. After printing the missing items, I test placed them on the board to plan where each one would go. Once the dimensions matched up, I was ready to pin! Melva suggested to arrange them in accordance with color, this way when one looked at them from afar, they looked pretty next to each other, so I put the orange and brown ones up and the purple and blue ones down.
As I was pinning the papers, I found some of them were too heavy to stay up, something I had not previously anticipated. When faced with this problem I found an easy solution! I found a clip and then pinned the clip to the board. This worked pretty good and gave the whole board a creative twist. By the end, I looked at the board from a distance and was pretty proud of my work. I thanked my maid Melva for helping me with it and began to analyze it. I know this will now help me decide pick my top school!
INNITIATIVE COLLABORATION & PERSEVERANCE
At this day's IGEM meeting, my 6th meeting so far, we did something strange. I am usually involved in the biotech area of the club, where I have the opportunity to explore the different aspects of synthetic biology. Yet, today, given that we had little to do, I volunteered to join the fundraising section for a day. We have been given the task to raise as much money as possible in order to enroll as a competing team in next year's competition, yet to do so we must pay a minimum fee.
As we began to collaborate as a group, we started to brainstorm ideas for possible fundraisers. We researched on the web and I created a google document where we could all add our ideas. Some possibilities were bake sales, which I suggested, science games and T-shirt sales, but we weren’t sure about any idea. Suddenly, Mikhail shared a thought that got us all keen to begin the preparation.
We began to develop the idea of arranging a sort of secret santa sale. I volunteered to bake cupcakes for one gift, karla to pack candy for another, and Sofia Carolina said we could also make a pass for a free uniform day. Before we knew it, we had a fundraising project on the move.
We didn’t get to the specifications, but I certainly hope that the fundraising crew goes with our idea. It was fun to escape the ordinary, yet I am still eager to going back to my Biotech group on the next IGEM meet.
RE-DESIGNING MY ROOM
INITIATIVE SKILLS & COLLABORATION
Today had the idea to re-design my room. After four years of keeping it the same, I realised that it wasn't the best representative of my identity. When I was 12, I chose to color my room a light turquoise hue matched with a tone of beige, but as the years went by I changed, and so did my tastes in colors. To begin this long process, I googled room examples and brought up a color palate. I wanted to go for a clean, modern look, with few intense color splashes, so I busted out my CASAS magazines and began to browse.
Once I found examples of what I wanted, I proceeded to prepare for the process of decoration. I made a list of things I needed to buy and jotted down the aspects of my room that I would be changing. After this, I was ready to re-design my room.
I told my mom about the plan, and she agreed to help out, we worked together all throughout that Sunday morning. Working with my mom was clearly a benefit; she ensured the process went on at a quick pace and offered input of ideas and a new set of eyes. Still, I must admit, there were some drawbacks from having her on the team. My mom would sometimes challenge my decisions or take matters into her hands, when this happened I simply reminded her this was OUR project, and she would back down.
I had never designed a room before; I had no prior knowledge and little practice, but I was able to learn from the experience anyways. By noon, my room looked completely different, and better at the same time. I was really happy with the end results. Nonetheless, my job here is far from over, I will have to continue at this for a few weeks in order to accomplish my original plans.
COLLABORATION PERSEVERANCE INITIATIVE & SKILLS
During the week, I had been thinking of what experience to write about for my first CAS reflection, and when I least expected it, an opportunity presented itself. One of my brother's friends asked me for a favor. He invited me to help him create a dessert for his Innovation Academy business course. The intention was to create the cheapest buyable product, that was profitable and delicious at the same time. We had to take in consideration that the product would be sold in school. The product was initially called bites, and it was going to be a donut-shaped cinnamon roll. However, I suggested him to create Nutella truffles because the preparation process was easier and oriented towards the tastes of the customers. We found a recipe, and I modified it.
Once the recipe was made, we went shopping for materials. Then we started cooking the dessert collaboratively. It wasn't easy making the truffles because the chocolate we bought was solid, and it didn't melt quickly. We also purchased too little chocolate, so we had to go out and buy more. After four hours of work, we were finished making the Nutella truffles. They tasted incredible. Once the process was completed, I knew that it was an experience to write about, thus I proceeded to do so. For a first creativity, action and service reflection, I think it went pretty well; and I must say that I am excited to embark in this journey through my future cas experiences.