Core Competencies Activity

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Grit Score: 4.00/5

QUESTIONS:

  1. During Quarter 1, what went well for you? Examples: being back in the classroom, having only two courses, seeing my friends, keeping up with homework, playing volleyball, improving math, helping plan a virtual assembly, becoming more fit.
Overall, I believe that I was able to adapt really well to my first year in Highschool and the newly imposed protocols. This made the first quarter much easier than I assumed it to be and in the end it went smoothly. I was able to get my homework done on time; handed in on time, and I wasn’t too stressed and anxious. I had PE during the first quarter which was a great way to get some extra workout. Science went well, didn’t do too bad, had a lot of fun. Wasn’t too shabby I would say. Better than being in quarantine at home to be completely honest. Great first quarter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. During Quarter 1, what did you find challenging or disappointing or stressful? Explain.
I think everyone was a bit stressed about the fact that we would be going to school in the middle of a giant global pandemic and I was definitely one of those people. Though I did adapt it was challenging during the beginning of the first quarter.
This was also my first year in Highschool which in turn made me a bit anxious, because I had to meet a bunch of people and adapt to an entirely different learning environment.Might be a bit cliché but some of the homework assignments did get me a bit stressed but that was no biggie.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Think of ONE thing you really want to improve in Quarter 2 (and Q 3&4). Examples: a school subject, a sport, time spent on homework/studying, playing a musical instrument, leadership skills, a language, photography, a relationship, general fitness.
I had a few tests this quarter that I 100% know I would’ve gotten much better marks on if I just studied a bit more diligently and with a bit more motivation. This can relate a bit as well to all the other homework assignments I would say also.
Just to reiterate, some of my assignments were lacking as well due to lack of understanding and motivation as well. This semi-procrastination also took up a lot of valuable free time as well.
So to summarize, I would spend more time on my homework and studying to continue to better my own education and my grades

 

 

 

 

 

  1. What are two specific actions that you can start doing every day to get closer to your goal? How long will you spend on this action each day? What part of the day?
a)

Start doing assigned work the day it was assigned and doing a minimum of half an hour (30 minutes) of the assignment until it’s due. Preferably after extracurriculars and before 9PM. Also try to get the assignment in like 2 days before its assigned due date. This would stop any late assignments and get me a bit more motivated.
I would ask any teachers or peers for help if I don’t understand anything instead of the usual “trying to figure things out on my own” mentality.

 

b)

As well as doing 30 minutes of homework for each piece of homework until its done, I will also study for a similar amount of time before a test to try to understand the material as much as possible. I will also ask questions and voice my concerns.

 

 

 

  1. If you experience challenges, what might you do to work through them? Examples: ask help from a friend or parent; break the task into smaller chunks; “google” how other people may deal with similar problems.
Use some Grit

Asking fellow peers or teachers would be a big one for me.

Organize my tasks into breathable and manageable sections so I can more easily get it done.

 

 

 

 

 

How to be a REAL success.

 

How to be a real success.

Relationships. 

  • “Love people more than opinions.”

Love is… | Jason Stadtlander

This concept talks about getting to like and know other people not because of what they believe in (their opinions), but in who they are inside. This concept also mentions that opinions do not always define a person and we should be careful in creating those judgements in the first place. Just because we do not necessarily agree with someone does not mean we should dislike the person in question. With this concept, we can open ourselves to new relationship opportunities that wouldn’t be there without this idea in mind. People > Opinions. 

I chose this concept because, in complete honesty, I sometimes do judge people based on their opinions and way of thinking, sometimes negatively, contradicting the “Love people” part of the overall concept. Sometimes this could jeopardize an otherwise healthy relationship. After some thought, I came to the conclusion that judging people based off their opinions alone was very stupid and immature. Not agreeing on something as a base to disliking/not loving someone is a very negative train of thought and doesn’t help anyone gain anything. I have taken this idea to heart and I will not diss anyone’s music taste/ book taste, overall opinions, or anything related to that matter, and instead will look toward who the person really is instead. And I guess make an attempt to better my relationship with them. (Also I’m not a toxic person I promise.) 

I will continue to apply this concept to TALONS leadership events and activities by getting to know everyone and better my relationship with them through this concept. Looking past their opinions and loving everyone because of who they are. Not who they say they are. This will help with the activities and such since this would help spread less negativity around to get things to run smoother. Also, I will be able to work better and more efficiently with everyone. I think TALONS will be an even more tightly knit community through this one principle. 

Equipping. 

  • The law of significance – “One is too small a number to achieve greatness.” 

3 Ways to Equip People Using Technology

This concept tells us that we cannot do things, great things to be exact, by ourselves. We are not a “significant” enough force to achieve success. We rely and depend on the help of others close to us. Who help boost and push us along this path. Which alone, cannot be conquered and gained. The law of significance tells us that we need a team; a number greater than one, to achieve or set goals. This law is important in the sense that it is the base of the entire “equipping” shenanigans. We equip other people to our team because of this law. 

I chose this principle over the other ones because I feel it really summarizes this session well in the sense that this law is the base of “equipping”. We must equip people to help us on our journey because one person, ourselves, is not enough to achieve success and be successful. This law is also a great segue into the rest of the equipping session. I think it’s relevant to because of the fact that I always try to shoot for my goals individually. instead of the more efficient and realistic approach of getting help and equipping others alike to shoot for my goals with me. Onward, I would try to take this law into heart and try to tackle challenges as a team as often as I can. Compared to by myself. 

I will apply this concept to future TALONS leadership events and activities by trying my best to create leadership opportunities and growth not by myself, but with the incorporated effort of a team/multiple people (probably won’t be able to do it alone anyway.)  And achieve our leadership goals together since one person alone, no matter what the circumstances, is never enough. I think this would benefit TALONS greatly since with this principle we could get to know each other even better by combining ideas and just tackling challenges as a close community. 

Attitude. 

  • “Our attitude is a choice.” 

Attitude Isn't Everything, But It Is a 'Difference Maker' – TLNT

This principle talks about how our attitude shouldn’t be defined by the things around us and our environment. Such as how your astrology sign or whatever shouldn’t define your negative attitude. It wasn’t astrology’s fault for your terrible attitude. It’s yours. We can’t change the past, so we should focus on making our present and future better with good attitude, which we can change. Attitude is what you make it out to be, there’s rarely an excuse for having bad attitude. In summary, this quote is telling us to always have a positive mindset and attitude, since if you have a choice, why can’t it be a good one? 

I specifically chose this principle because a while back I used to blame negative behavior and attitude on the things around me pretty regularly. Though this principle sort of brought things into light again. It got me thinking a bit about how attitude isn’t shaped by the things around you. It got me wondering why people are always negative and decide to shape their own attitude toward the dark side. I think this is especially relevant right now in these times with everything going on. We must continue to keep a good attitude towards everything. 

I will apply this principle to future leadership trips, events, and activities by keeping a close eye on what my overall attitude is and to try to stay positive and spread positive energy around, and also helping others do the same. With this positive energy we can work more productively. We can communicate better. We can plan trips better. And have more fun. If everyone chooses to have a good attitude, everything will be better in general. If we choose to keep a good attitude, we can be more resilient and stronger toward hardships (especially in these times right now.) 

Leadership: 

  • “The secret of our success is discovered in our daily agenda.” 

The Power of a Clear Leadership Narrative

This quote talks about how you can’t become a leader, or truly successful, in one day. You have to gradually build up your leadership skills and reach your goals overtime. Don’t rush things and take things slowly. If you rush things, they’ll be messy and incomplete. If we can build things slowly, we’ll be able to learn and improve ourselves. What we’ll be tomorrow depends on what we do today. This quote talks about doing what matters today and every day, and you’ll reach success. We overestimate the end result, and we underestimate the process it takes to get there. 

I chose this principle because I’ve always tried to rush things in the past, which ended in the outcome being not so well. So, from experience I believe that this quote is super valuable if you want to achieve greatness in any aspect or form. I also believe that this principle can be applied to anyone who wants to be a future leader and/or reach any goals of theirs. Take small steps instead of a huge, inaccurate one that misses 99.99999% of the time. This principle can be applied to everyone, everyday. It’s really important in the sense that it tells us to get in a routine, which we can turn into good habits, which we can then turn into profits. 

This principle can be applied to leadership mainly through building a solid leader. It tells us to slowly but surely build and reinforce leadership ideas and opportunities to become a better leader in general. We can apply this idea by getting everyone to build a solid leadership routine and schedule. Planning proper meetings and taking the proper steps. We can use this to plan our trips better and more efficiently with better teamwork and a more built-in schedule 

 

Ecological Footprint

 

Reduce Your Ecological Footprint | Climate Protection | RESET.org

 

MY FOOTPRINT: 

  • 7.45 hectares. 

Comparison of Footprint:

Sinu – 8.35 hectares
Draedon – 6.8 hectares
Lucas – 7.9 hectares
Glen – 15.2 hectares
Ronan – 8.65 hectares
Ben H. – 7.9 hectares
Bana – 8.7 hectares
Dylan – 12.45 hectares
Colin – 12.25 hectares 

Actions that currently increase my footprint: 

  1. I currently am buying a lot of new clothes for back to school and since I recently had a gigantic growth spurt. 
  1. I like to flush the toilet a lot even if I don’t pee too much. 
  1. I take medium length showers, but I can probably (and should) take even shorter ones. 
  1. Our family and I use a fair bit of single use plastics which increases our daily garbage haul. 
  1. Our family currently owns 2 cars, and I am using one to commute to and back from school. 
  1. I spend tons of time on my electronic devices watching videos, playing games, doing homework, etc. 
  1. My diet consists of me consuming a lot of meat which isn’t usually organically raised, plus some processed foods which creates more waste and has a negative impact on the environment. 
  1. I do have a small garden at home but it doesn’t yield enough food, so we depend on grocery shopping and such, some of the goods bought not being local (but most are) and not being organic. 
  1. We don’t wash our cars too often, but the garden requires a bunch of water and tending too. 
  1. I eat/consume a lot of dairy, mostly milk and cheese. 

5 of the things I chose to reduce and Why: 

  1. Cars and reducing the amount spent commuting  

I want to reduce the amount of time spent commuting inside a car because first, our family doesn’t own any electric/hybrid cars so driving around every day to school and back and some other small trips might be a bit hard on the environment with all the co2 emissions. My dad has to drive me to school every day, which can also be a bit hard on him as well. 

  1. Electronics and reducing screen time 

I spend quite few of my time each day in front of a computer which isn’t too good for my eyes and my well-being. Homework itself I know is mandatory but some of that time is spent playing games and just watching videos which aren’t necessary and can be cut down. For my own sake I am trying to cut down my screen-time. Maybe be more efficient with doing my schoolwork to further scale down my screen-time. 

  1. Eating less meat. 

I chose to cut down on my meat intake because most of the meat I eat isn’t organic which also damages the environment quite a bit. Processed meat and non-organic meat can also be very unhealthy when consumed in large amounts or just being eaten in general. There are also a lot of healthy meat alternatives that I can easily try out. I also decided that cutting down on dairy wouldn’t be the best solution since of all the things that require dairy and it doesn’t have that big of an influence on the environment compared to meat. 

  1. Buying less clothes – 

I’m cutting down on the amount of clothes I’m getting since I believe I have already gotten enough clothes to sustain me for a while, but also because I do have an older brother in which I can rummage through his wardrobe to “borrow” anything that I like/need (with his consent of course). Cutting down on the amount of clothes bought would stop some environmental damage caused by manufacturing and stop more clothes from getting thrown in landfills.  

  1. Taking shorter showers – 

Reducing my time spent in the shower would not only give me more time do more productive stuff but it would improve my hygiene since instead of lazing around inside my shower I would have to spend that time cleaning myself more thoroughly. Reducing water usage and waste is pretty cool too. 

 

How I will be changing these things: 

  1. By Bussing. 

Instead of commuting to and from school using our family’s personal car, on the half days I will be walking to a nearby bus stop and commuting back home using transit. This will happen on the half days of school (for me it’s Monday, Wednesday, and Tuesday.) Sometimes if it’s heavy rain/bad weather or if I don’t have the opportunity to bus home, I’ll get picked up 

  1. By limiting my overall screen time. 

Reducing the amount of time on my devices be it texting, playing games, or watching non-educational videos. I will be recording my time spent on devices not used for homework or mandatory stuff each day starting September 30th I will be trying to lessen the average screen-time each day. Though time may severely vary if I’m busy/not busy with homework and extracurriculars. Going for an average of 2 hours each day. 

  1. Recording what I eat and limiting the amount of daily meat intake. 

I will record what meat I eat each day for all meals on each day for the next 2 weeks starting October 3rd (since I forgot to start recording earlier rip.) Recording my daily intake will help with controlling and reducing my overall intake. I will be attempting to lessen my meat intake and trying different alternatives. Just eating less meat in general and cutting down on available options, focusing on vegetables and other foods. 

  1. By buying less clothes and being content with what I have. 

This one is probably the easiest of the bunch. Try not to buy any clothes unless it’s completely mandatory. If I do end up buying one, I’ll donate something old out of my closet to compensate. I’ll record any clothing I managed to purchase over my recording period. 

  1. Have a reminder/clock/timer when I shower. 

I will record the length of each shower I’ll take starting from September 30th and I will compare the average time to my old showering length. I think recording the amount of time I spend in the shower and setting a goal will help severely decrease my water usage using the shower. I will be trying to lessen my average time spent in the shower each day from 6-7 minutes down to around 4-5. 

RECORDING (Sorry you can’t see my tables, formatting is weird): 

  1. Bussing 
Sept.30  Oct.1  Oct.2  Oct.3  Oct.4  Oct.5  Oct.6  Oct.7  Oct.8  Oct.9 
Bus  Bus  (Full Day)  N/A  N/A  Bus  (Full Day)  Driven Home  Bus  N/A (Full Day) 
Oct. 10  Oct. 11  Oct. 12  Oct. 13  Oct. 14           
N/A  N/A  N/A  N/A (Full Day)  N/A (day assignment was due)           

 

 

  1. Screen Time (minus homework): 
Sept.30  Oct.1  Oct.2  Oct.3  Oct.4  Oct.5  Oct.6  Oct.7  Oct.8  Oct.9 
15 min  45 min  1H  1H 45M  35 min  30 min  2 hours 14 min  3 hours  1 hour 45 min  30 min 
Oct. 10  Oct. 11  Oct. 12  Oct. 13  Oct. 14           
4.5 hours  2 hours, 10 minutes  4 hours, 20 minutes  30 min  N/A (day was due)           

 

 

  1. Daily Meat Intake: 
Oct.3  Oct.4  Oct.5  Oct.6  Oct.7  Oct.8  Oct.9  Oct.10  Oct.11  Oct.12 
2 Beef Burgers
1/3 Whole Salmon 
Bit of pork in egg rolls (had around 6) Spring roll size  Bit of pork in noodles (not too much) More of a topping  N/A  1 Tiny Hot Dog 

 

Spicy sausage fried rice. (Cut into very small pieces, not too much) 

Hot Dog (1 sausage) fairly small  Beef Chili Fries (Was reaaallly good) 

An acceptable amount of ground beef 

 

N/A  A HECK TON OF TURKEY (THANKSGIVVVVIINNNGGG) 

Maybe 1/7th of the entire turkey (was hungry) 

Thanksgiving dinner #2, Similar to previous dinner but ate way less dinner and focused on non-meat. 
Oct. 13  Oct 14.                 
A little bit of Turkey in Kung Pao Turkey (kung pao chicken but with turkey instead)  N/A 

(Day Assignment was Due.) 

               

 

 

  1. Clothes 

(NO CLOTHING ITEMS BOUGHT DURING THIS TIME) 

 

 

  1. Showering: 
Sept.30  Oct.1  Oct.2  Oct.3  Oct.4  Oct.5  Oct.6  Oct.7  Oct.8  Oct.9 
11 miin  9 min 20 sec  5M  N/A  4 min  8 min 10 sec  4 min 10 sec  5 min  4.5min  6 min 30 sec 
Oct. 10  Oct. 11  Oct. 12  Oct. 13  Oct. 14           
4.5 min  N/A  5 min 25 sec  4 min 40 sec  N/A 

(Day assignment was due) 

         

 

 

REFLECTION: 

Changes that were easy to make: 

  • Cutting my shower time down even smaller was a tough change to make on paper but once I started, not wasting any time in the shower didn’t seem that big of a challenge. So, I had the ability to cut down shower time fairly easily. Having each of my showers timed also really helped motivate me to get a good time, if that’s how you put it. 
  • I was really open to trying other foods besides meat. Even though I probably can’t live without consuming a bit of the non-vegetarian stuff, I thought that eating less meat on average wasn’t that big of a challenge to do and could be considered easy. However, if I’m not recording my daily meat intake I might go back to eating more meat. 
  • Buying less clothes was also a pretty niche footprint to cut down on so it wasn’t hard at all to “not buy” any new clothing or accessories. 
  • Bussing was hard figuring out all the routes back home and such though after I got the hang of it became pretty easy I would say. 

Changes that were difficult to make: 

  • Reducing my screen-time for non-mandatory uses. I like to play video games and its sort of a decently big side hobby. Trying to cut down on screen time in general was just fairly hard, especially on the weekends with little to do and a lot of my friends also being online so we could play together. Very tempting to also just binge different TV. Shows and watch a bit of YouTube but I held back on that. 
  • Learning the routes for bussing and everything for the first time was fairly tricky, since my bus route is complicated and requires getting on and off quite a bit to get home.  
  • I would say just in general getting in the routine of slowly changing your ecological footprint habits and reducing each of said footprints at the start was surely a difficult task but was slowly manageable.  

Obstacles I’ve met trying to reduce my ecological footprint: 

  • I forgot to record the first few days of my meat intake (started Oct.3 instead of September 30th). 
  • Resisting the urges to play video games (which I partly succeeded in completing) 
  • Thanksgiving dinner was a big obstacle in terms of cutting down my meat intake. 

Plans I will take in the future 

  • In the future I will take precautions to continue to reduce my ecological footprint casually through previous plans listed above, however I will not follow them as religiously as I did for this assignment. Since to be completely honest, I probably do not have the time for. 
  • Plans I will take are to continue to take shorter showers, cut down on meat when I have the chance too, really try to cut down on screen time, continue to bus home, and buy the least amount. 

 

 

 

Digital Footprint Assignment

Digital Footprint – What They Are and How to Manage Yours | Canto

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

POSITIVE IMPACT:

  • An employer or an affiliate might look at something I did/left behind online a while back and think, “Wow what?! This guy did is pretty cool, let’s hire them and give them a good future opportunity.”  An example of this could be me posting a picture of me working in a local soup kitchen, or helping others, stuff like that, etc.

POTENTIAL NEGATIVE IMPACT:

  • An employer or an affiliate could look at something I did/left behind and think, “Woah what?! This guy did something terrible!! Let’s not hire them and not give them a good future opportunity.” An example of this could be some racist tweets that I didn’t think before posting from 2012.

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

STRATEGY 1:

  • Recording what I post online and making sure what I post online isn’t harmful and can’t negatively effect me in the long run. Just being careful of what I publish and share. Not post anything that would stain my reputation.

STRATEGY 2:

  • Not only being careful of what I post online but what I do and say online as well. Such as being careful using online forums, websites, and texting friends. Being careful playing games and just talking with strangers online in general.

STRATEGY 3:

  • Keeping my information safe and secure, using multiple passwords and not giving my personal info to anyone on the internet or in real life either. Keep a positive and secure footprint.

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?

I would make sure to be more careful and considerate in general online, since as younger kids we don’t know any better, and keeping a better job of creating a good digital footprint throughout. I would give my younger self advice such as not to give out any personal information, not fall for any elaborate pyramid schemes and scams, keep secure passwords and to be more diligent online on the internet. Just tell  ’em to be safe 👍.