November Core Competency Activity

Grit Score:

My score was 3.9 on the grit scale, which I know can easily be raised with some work. I think the main thing that I need to improve on is my focus skills when it comes to sticking to one specific project or activity.

Questions:

What went well in quarter 1?

Just the fact that we are even able to be in school at all is a huge plus. It gives me a chance to get to know my peers/teachers and let me work in a space that isn’t my own home. I hope we continue to handle the pandemic well. I also have started using an app to keep track of important things, to help prioritize things that I need to work on.

What was challenging in quarter 1?

It was quite challenging to transition from middle school to TALONS accelerated classes in the first place, but it didn’t help that we have to deal with a pandemic during this transition. I also had to start off with my least favorite subject on top of that. Once I got used to the environment a little bit better, things generally started to go more smoothly, however, I knew it could switch back almost instantly.

What do you want to improve in the next quarters?

Covid has been making it slightly difficult to connect with my classmates and teachers, but I think that it is only going to go uphill from here now that I am more familiar with ‘the new way of school’. However, something that I need to focus on this quarter is asking more questions and speaking up when I need to. I have already started to improve on this, but as school gets harder, I’m not going to be able to do it on my own.

What are two things that you’re going to do to get to your goal?

  1. Like I said before, to be able to succeed, I need to not only be able to ask my teachers for assistance when needed occasionally but I also know that I can’t only rely on them. I must use other resources like classmates or even google. This is why I need to start telling my parents more about school each day. It’s very easy to ask for help from my peers, since they are with me the whole day, doing the same work. However, they’re not always going to be able to help.
  2. This doesn’t only have to be for asking questions, but I think writing things down in the moment more often is going to help when someone is busy and not able to help with whatever I’m asking of them. (Which is also why I need multiple resources)

How will you work through challenges?

I have noticed that most of the time when I get stressed out over something, it is because I am trying to do everything almost simultaneously; focusing on the big picture. This is why I use tools to help me keep track of things to narrow it down to individual tasks. I have a lot going on right now, and my plate is only going to get fuller once the pandemic comes to an end.

How to Be a REAL Success

Four Key Lessons to Success

In this post, I will be going over four quotes or ‘nuggets’ of information from John Maxwell’s How to Be a REAL Success book.

What does it mean (to me)?

I will be choosing one thing each from the four main sessions and describing what exactly it connects to from my life as a person with the intention of being successful.

Why did I choose it?

I will also be explaining why that piece of information jumped out at me specifically and the relevance it has to obstacles that I am going through or have had in the past.

How am I going to apply it to future activites and events?

There is no point in receiving guidance that connects to me if I am not planning to use it in the future during certain challenges that I will now be able to overcome.

Relationships

“The first person you learn to get along with is yourself”

When I read this, I immediately thought of back to Middle school. This was partially a time when I cared a lot more about other people and what they thought of me, rather than being myself. I think that it is very important to focus on getting to know yourself a little bit better every couple of months at least, to build character.

Although relationships are an extremely important part of success, that doesn’t necessarily limit you to other people. Something to always remember is that the relationship you have with yourself is the only one that lasts forever. The second reason that I chose this quote was that knowing who you want to be rather than being who you think other people want you to be is a lot better overall and will get you farther with this topic in the long run.

For me, I picture using these pieces of advice when planning leadership events, or during sports activities when I have to be a leader. I think that this particular quote will be most useful when I am just getting to know people. Although relationships can be formed and grown over time, a first impression is what sticks with you, and you only get one chance at it. But in order to present yourself to a new person the way that you want to, you have to know what that looks like in advance. In other words, you have to understand yourself better, to know how to be yourself.

Equipping

“We receive ego satisfaction for being needed”

This is one of the seven reasons why we don’t equip people enough, and I think that it’s is an important one to remember too. When I read this, I think of when I used to monitor little kids in elementary school. We weren’t just watching them, we had to teach them when they do something wrong and be leaders. This quote was a huge component to monitoring, and I wish I had learned it before because it was mostly habit to just do everything for them because we could.

I said before that it is really important to always keep this in the back of your mind because I believe that it is one of the most difficult parts of equipping people to forget about. Although it is good to get a little bit of ego strength to boost confidence, overall it’s more efficient to teach other people how to do things whenever you can.

My basketball coach said that the only way to get better is to practice how we want to play, and in those practices, you make each other better based on how hard you work them. A selfish player would only care about their personal growth, and a team player is always looking out to let their teammates improve. That is how this quote can be used in basketball.

Attitude

“Our attitude is a choice, and it determines our our aproach to life”

I sort of mixed two different sentences together, because I feel like they are both related, and they both also mean something to me. I would consider myself a positive person, and I don’t like to stop being one when things don’t go the right way. As they say, a good attitude doesn’t go unrewarded.

I think that this topic builds off of the other three in a way, which makes it just as important. First off, you cannot have good relationships with people having a bad attitude. You can’t have people look up to you as a strong leader in general either. It is difficult for some people because not everybody has a growth mindset. People with this kind of mindset won’t give up when they make a mistake.

During the leadership day trip up Burnaby Mountain, there were numerous times where my feet or legs were sore. However, I noticed that all of the times that they weren’t, was whenever I was socializing with my classmates; I guess it took my mind off it. The lesson that I learned that day, and will continue to remember, is that a tough situation can be done easily with other people who are positive.

Leadership

“The law of the lid”

The final and fourth key to success is having good leadership skills, and the law of the lid explains just that. When you are trying to lead a group of people, the better leader you are will determine the amount of success you and your group have. It is impossible to have a successful company or group, without a good leader, it just can’t happen.

I think that the law of the lid is crucial to leadership skills because it proves how important leadership is to be successful, it’s probably the most important part of it. I chose it because if I am lacking as a leader, then it is going to show with the level of success that the group that I am trying to lead has. In other words, any part of leadership that I need improvement in I need to take care of as soon as possible.

Even though it is still my first year in TALONS, I have already been put into situations where I need to be a leader, rather than relying on grade tens to take that role. That is why it is so important to remember all of these lessons and constantly work on them, (especially this one) because you never know when you are going to need them in life.

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Ecological Footprint

🌲My E.F.🌲

A couple of weeks ago I was given a sheet that let me calculate my ecological footprint, and I think that this project has given me the knowledge and a great opportunity to do my part lower the overall score after a while.

My Ecological Footprint vs others’ Ecological Footprint: (Hectares)

Mine: 11.17

  • Water use = 80 points
  • Clothing = 105 points
  • ‘Stuff’ = 402 points
  • Shelter = 40 points
  • Transportation = 155
  • Fun = 140
  • Food = 195
  • Total = 1117 points
  • Total/100 = 11.17 Hectares

Kalayla: 8.59

Xilia: 11.05

Anita: 9.15

Justin: 7.45

Kira: 5.96

The main reason why mine was higher than average was from the 400 point bonus because of the pesticides, which is the key to lower mine right now.

Here are ten things that increase my Ecological Footprint:

  • Spending more than a couple minutes in the shower every day +60
  • Flushing the toilet every time +30
  • Owning some clothes that I don’t wear +40
  • Using non-environmentally friendly pesticides +400!
  • Using garbage on a daily basis +30
  • Owning a house with more than two rooms per person living in it +70
  • Spending time in a vehicle throughout the day +40
  • Participating in activities that require “some land to be changed” +40
  • Spending a little too much time on a device sometimes +70
  • Only some of the food I eat was grown organic and in B.C +40

Here are five things that I am willing to work on:

Spending more than a couple of minutes in the shower. I think this is one that I can try to lower because I know that I take a little bit longer than my parents, but I also know that if I want to do this than I am probably going to have to come up with a strategy to shower more efficiently like rinse time, or even amount of soap used.

Owning some clothes that I don’t wear. This one is a bit of an easier one for me because my family has already been donating to organizations like Big Brothers. I know that there are at least some clothes that aren’t worth keeping, it’s just a matter of spending the time to do it. I’m talking about a day that I set aside and make some sort of a pile of clothes that I no longer need.

Using non environmentally friendly pesticides. Unlike some other areas, this one will really lower my score if I can manage it, but it will be tough for sure. After chatting with my parents about it, the only thing we could think of that would go under this category was the ant spray that we use, which seems like something that would be important in my mind.

Using garbage on a daily basis. Although it’s not very much garbage, I thought I might as well do it as well, since we actually used to not use any garbage at one point, so it shouldn’t be too hard. It’s mainly just stuff like Ziplock bags that don’t need to be thrown away if we take the time to manually recycle them.

Spending a little too much time on a device sometimes. This one is also pretty simple. I know that there are plenty of things to do outside with my friends around the wonderful neighborhood that we live in, but the one thing that I am wondering about is whether online school counts, which would be a problem.

(My goal is to try to lower it to around a 7.5 H!)

What was easy to change?

I already kind of had an idea going in what aspects were going to be simple, or difficult to change. First, I had to find a day that I was free, go through my closet, and pull out any clothes that I thought I would want to give away. We can no longer hand things down to people we know around us, so we have to wait for Big Brothers to come. (Which is once every couple of weeks to a month).

The next thing that my family and I had to adapt to was not using any more garbage. It was going to be way too hard to completely cut it out of our life, so we decided to focus on plastic bags. Ziplock bags are used quite frequently, so we just had to go back to what we used to do, which was collecting them in a recyclable plastic bag, and driving down to the depot each week.

What was difficult to change?

Same as the easy changes for me, I pretty much already knew what I was getting myself into. Although I already am wasting a lot less water than I used to, I don’t think it is the best I can do yet. Each time I showered I had to think of one thing that I can do more efficiently, and even though it was hard, I was able to get it down to two minutes by the end of it all.

This is where it starts to get confusing. Like I said before, the only pesticide that we use is ant spray, yet it only ever comes out in the summer usually, so I don’t know how I would be able to do something about it right now. All I could really do is plan ahead some alternatives for next summer. (Which there are a lot of).

What are some obstacles I encountered?

Especially right now, it has been pretty challenging finding time to get outside during the week with homework and the extracurricular activities that I do. It doesn’t help that sometimes it rains all day either.

What are the steps that I plan to take in the future?

I previously mentioned that my family plans on switching from the typical Ant Off spray to something more environmentally friendly. After doing some research, I found that there are a lot of ways to get rid of ants. All things like planting mint, mixing vinegar and water in a similar spray bottle, pepper/cinnamon, etc. This upcoming summer we are going to try out some new things and see if we want to continue it from there.

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Digital Footprint Assignment

1. How might your digital footprint affect your future opportunities? Give at least two examples.

-A negative way my digital footprint can affect me, is if I ever sad something to someone or about someone, that is offensive or disregards the overall guidelines of either the social media or my future business.

-A positive way my digital footprint can affect me, is if my boss or someone of importance comes across something that I have posted of myself doing something good for the community. An example for me is whenever I go on fundraiser runs like ‘Run up for down syndrome’ or the ‘5k foam fest’, I might post some photos of it, and they could see it.

2. Describe at least three strategies that you can use to keep your digital footprint appropriate and safe.

-One of the main things to remember when on social media is to ask yourself why you use it, because I know how easy it is to get too carried away and accidently do something you don’t want to. I try to always remember that the purpose of me using Instagram and Youtube is strictly for entertainment purposes.

-Another thing to know is that there are generally two types of people on social media: People who post, and people who don’t (only use it for entertainment/viewing). The second type of peoples’ digital footprint are safer for the most part, so if I don’t have the need to post, then I shouldn’t.

-The last tip to insure a safe digital footprint is to always know that you have someone to help with good decisions making. Everybody will tell you the THINK acronym (which is important), but the next best thing if you are not sure of something is to go to someone else for a second opinion.

3. If you could go back in time, is there anything you would do differently online? Think of what type of advice you would pass on to your younger self or other students. How could you go about explaining it to them?

Sometimes I do actually look back at my older social media self and, instead of getting embarrassed (which is a sign that your digital footprint is not good), I just end up cringing at myself. If I was to give any advice to anyone starting out is to know that this is 100% normal. The biggest thing is that as long as it is a feeling ‘cringe’ rather than embarrassment or disappointment, then it is probably fine. (Because it is personal rather than factual).