Jim Lee

How am I growing in my own awareness of my strengths and weaknesses?

Biology Club

My answers for the following questions will relate my participation in the COHS Biology Club, specifically the student-led recycling program. My involvement in this activity has strengthened my environmental awareness regarding pollution and the importance of recycling. Everyday me and two other dedicated members would collect as many bottles as we could find in the campus. My partners and I realized that many students do not choose to recycle their bottles which could reflect the potential actions of the global population. A weakness I have seen in me during this participation is that I have trouble finding ways to prevent students from throwing bottles in bushes or trashcans. The biology club has tried to send a message to the COHS student body that there are designated trashcans to place recyclable items in.

Time Keeper

The activity that I will discuss in the following questions is about my experience of being a time keeper at a girls’ water polo match. Through this occupation I have learned that I am capable of following directions during a fast paced situation. During this water polo match there are three games for each level including Frosh-Soph, Junior-Varsity and Varsity. Each individual game required the clocks to be reset quickly in order to utilize time for the referees. I was able to work well with my partner throughout these three games. A weakness I have seen within myself is that I need to improve my communication skills with the people I work with. Although my partner and I worked efficiently, there were still instances when I forgot to tell him that the shot-clock needed to be paused or reset.

Dancing

The activity I will be discussing in the following questions is about my experience of being in a friend’s court for an eighteenth birthday debut. As one of the males in the court I learned that one of my strengths is that I can effectively listen to my superiors. My higher authority figures in this activity were four dance instructors who taught the court two dances. I was able to perform the duties they asked from the court at the best of my ability. A weakness I learned from this experience was that I lack adequate dancing skills. The first couple practices were difficult because I struggled to quickly learn the different steps. However as the court practiced more, the moves became easier to perform and new techniques were easier to learn.

Ski Patrol

Through my time in ski patrol at Mt. Baldy I have realized that I am capable of aiding other superior patrollers in a productive manner. I am a good listener and I can learn new skills when the situation necessitates it. Furthermore my outdoor survival/first aid abilities are improving almost every time I volunteer. Although I am gradually becoming a better patroller I realize that I still need the guidance from my superior patrollers. I have not become comfortable to the extent that I could perform my duties without their supervision. I will have to resolve these problems in order to rank up as a member of ski patrol.

Water Polo

During my last year with this wonderful sport, I learned that talents alone will not enable and individual to become exceptional at a particular such as water polo. The extent of work ethics is crucial to success. Furthermore, to be on the Varsity team was unimportant. The significant factor was how I used my experience to contribute to my growth as a water polo player and as an individual.

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What challenges have I been through?

Time Keeper

The biggest challenge as a time keeper during a water polo game is learning the technical rules of water polo. This is because the shot clock is paused, resumed and reset as a result of different actions from the players. For example the shot clock is blanked and set to twenty seconds after a player is ejected. Also the shot clock is reset to thirty seconds after a player has gained the repossession or “rebound” when a ball has physically contacted the opposing goalie and lands back in the field. The list of game rules continues and as time keepers, my partner and I attempted to learn as many as we could in order to run the matches for the female players.

Dancing

The biggest challenge I faced in participating in the debut was attempting to learn basic dance skills and techniques. I had been involved with a quincenera when I was fifteen but the dances in this event were more difficult to a certain extent. As a result I had to commit my full attention when the instructors were teaching the court the different moves and steps. Basic dancing is an activity that I have rarely been involved in; therefore this was a new and unique experience.

Ski Patrol

One of the challenges I have faced as a junior ski patroller at Mt. Baldy is that there are times when I have to perform duties of a higher ranking patroller. This includes helping a Red-Jacket patroller take down a customer in the toboggan or writing an incident report after the customer has been properly treated. As a Junior Patroller I have to ensure that I am a reliable individual that can be called at any moment.

Water Polo

At the beginning of my senior year, I was put on the Junior Varsity team for Men’s Water Polo. While I was initially disappointed that I did not make the Varsity team and considered quitting water polo, I ultimately decided to finish my last year in the sport. This team was the smallest out of all the water polo teams we played during the 2013 season. Initially, it was predicted that JV would not have a successful year as the team lacked a sufficient number of players. The existing players on the team had little experience playing with one other and we had a new coach none of us had ever played with. Despite these challenges, we took full advantage of every practice to learn how to play as a single entity and define each of our specific roles. I am proud of this because I felt that our team’s diligence and desire to win resulted to our achievements. Although our team’s speed and strength were not equal to that of the JV teams from other schools in the league, our tenacity determined our success. On October 4, 2013, we played Damien High School, who was ranked first in the Sierra League Division Two in water polo. Furthermore, their JV team had not lost a league match in over twenty years. The combination of talented players with a meticulous coach that was an All American League player in water polo resulted to a very challenging team. However, through our persistence and perseverance, we were victorious by one goal during over time. The time and hard work devoted to improving our techniques and team work paid off. By the end of the season, JV had the best overall record of Charter Oak water polo for 2013.

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In what ways have I started new challenges?

Dancing

I have started new challenges during my participation in the court by attempting to learn and perfect the steps of the dances. Dancing is an activity that I have rarely been involved with. Furthermore I am not necessarily comfortable with basic dancing because I believe that I do not have the creativity to dance naturally. As a result I had to step out of my own comfort limits and boundaries in order to effectively contribute in the dances.

Ski Patrol

I have tried to challenge myself as Junior Patroller by asking the other superior patrollers how I can effectively contribute in any way possible. As a result I have performed tasks that are not necessarily expected from a junior member. This includes helping other red jacket patrollers carry customers into the hut in order to properly treat them. Furthermore I attempt to perform duties of higher ranking patrollers when I am given the opportunity.

In what ways have I developed new skills?

Recycling Program

My organization and planning skills have improved from participating in the recycling program. Since there were usually less than five individuals who was involved every day we had to devise a method in which more areas of the school could be covered at an efficient rate. This was important during Friday pick ups because bottles in classrooms were also collected. Different groups went to specific areas in the schools and then we would meet up at a particular spot to ensure that all the classrooms and trashcans were hit.

Time Keeper

The main skill I have developed from being a time keeper is a better memorization of the technical rules in water polo. I already had a strong understanding of the rules of water polo because I had participated in Mens’ Water polo during freshman, junior and senior year. However I could not strictly focus on adhering to the rules because my mind was focused on many other things in the pool such as position, swimming and treading. However as a time keeper an individual could analyze and assess the actions of each polo player in the water.

Dancing

I have gained basic knowledge of modern and formal dancing. In the debut the court performed a modern and a cotillion dance that were completely opposite in nature. As stated above I have not a thorough history of involvement regarding any type of dancing. As a result I believe I have gained a better sense of body coordination because some of the steps required difficult body maneuvers. Hopefully I can implement the moves I have learned into my own collection of dance techniques.

Ski Patrol

I have gained some basic outdoor survival and first aid skills as a junior patroller. These skills are necessary in order to sufficiently aid the red jacket patrollers. I have also learned how to perform CPR which is required for an individual to learn if he or she desires to join. I have also gained some social interaction skills because I have to comfort and reassure customers when an incident occurs. I will eventually have to learn how to ski instead of snowboarding because of the convenience of utilizing skis.

Water Polo

During my last year with this wonderful sport, I learned that talents alone will not enable and individual to become exceptional at a particular such as water polo. The extent of work ethics is crucial to success. Furthermore, to be on the Varsity team was unimportant. The significant factor was how I used my experience to contribute to my growth as a water polo player and as an individual.

In what ways have I shown perseverance and commitment to my activities?

Volunteering

I have shown perseverance and commitment to this activity by volunteering every day after school. Fortunately there were other classmates who came at this constant rate. Since I had just finished a season of Mens’ Water Polo I had much more time to utilize afterschool. As a result I went to the biology club every day to help collect cans. On Mondays through Thursdays, collection usually takes about twenty minutes but Fridays could last nearly an hour dependingon how full the recycle cans were in each classroom.

Time Keeper

I have shown commitment as a time keeper by attempting to learn as many technical rules in order to properly run a water polo game. I have discussed my experience with this task in the answers for the previous questions. Furthermore I demonstrated commitment by staying during a game that had double overtime. The matches for all levels usually end by 6:00; however the womens’ frosh-soph game lasted until about 6:45. I believe this shows dedication to this activity to a certain extent.

Dancing

I have shown perseverance and commitment as a member of the debut court by attempting to attend all of the practices and demonstrating focus during the practices I went to. The practices for this event were often very serious and lack of concentration was often not tolerated by the instructors. Furthermore these practices were set during times that conflicted with the schedules of the court including myself. As a result the court had to rearrange and organize our priorities in order to attend the practices.

Ski Patrol

I have shown perseverance and commitment to ski patrol by attending days when there are insufficient amount of patrollers on the mountain. Mt. Baldy is not a resort famous for being open all year and usually there is barely enough snow during the season. As a result not all of the volunteer patrollers come because of the poor conditions; however my dad and I have attended whenever we have time in our schedules because we enjoy the experience and the included free skiing of course. Furthermore my dad and I come to the resort at 8 and usually do not leave until 6:30.

In what ways have I worked collaboratively?

Biology Club

I demonstrated collaboration in this activity by working with classmates from different grades. The COHS Biology Club welcomes students from any grade. As a result, students from each grade would show up during Friday collections because this was the day which necessitated the most volunteers. The three members that came every day to assist included two seniors and one junior. Furthermore I also worked with Mrs. Grund who is the club advisor. Mrs. Grund was and currently is my IB Biology HL2 teacher and it was interesting to interact with her in this activity.

Water Polo

I worked collaboratively by working with other former water players, different coaches and the female water polo players. My partner was a senior who had just finished a season as a varsity polo player. We worked together at an efficient pace and were able to organize and run the matches at a smooth rate. Furthermore I cooperated with the girls’ water polo coaches, Matthew Beaucar and Olivia. Beaucar was the assistant head coach for the mens’ polo team and Olivia was the Frosh-Soph mens’ polo coach.

Dancing

I have worked collaboratively with all of the males and females in the court. Fortunately the debutant selected friends and classmates that are in both IB and CP. This made the practices and the debut more interesting because of the different ideas and perspectives which were included. The court was extremely fun to work with as it included juniors and seniors from Charter Oak. I was able to meet intriguing people that were very funny and respectable.

Ski Patrol

Ski patrol is definitely a collaborative experience because of the interactions with the other patrollers. I have helped the Red Jacket patrollers whenever they have asked for my assistance and I have also worked with other junior patrollers; however I am usually with the Red Jacket patrollers because there are not many junior patrollers at Mt. Baldy. I have also collaborated with some of the staff of the resort including the ski patrol director and the operators of the ski lifts.

In what ways have I been engaged in issues with global importance?

Recycling

Recycling and environmental awareness regarding pollution and recycling are global issues that have been considered in this activity. One of the goals of the on campus recycling activity is to attempt to increase the realization of the negative impacts which result from littering, among the student body. Lack of recycling on a global scale is a serious problem in the environment and more people need to start considering and improving the health of the planet. Therefore the club tries to facilitate this shift in mentality by providing the students with cans that are specifically designated for the disposal of different types of bottles.

Ski Patrol

An issue I have undertaken that relates to global importance is helping those who desire and require assistance. This includes superior patrollers and the customers. It is crucial to listen and learn from the Red Jacket patrollers because they have the most knowledge and sense of how to perform in a critical situation that can be dangerous at times. Furthermore I have attempted to learn to provide for the needs of a customer. It is extremely important that the customers are satisfied with the staff that is running and maintaining the resort.

What are the ethical or moral implications of what I’m doing and learning?

Biology Club

An ethical implication I have seen by participating in this activity is that many individuals do not utilize the effort to dispose their bottles in the designated cans. During the early developments of this occupation we only collected bottles in the cans. However my partners noticed that there were many cans present in the trashcans that were near the bins to put bottles in. Therefore we began checking the trashcans as well as the regular cans because of this realization. Furthermore people sometimes put regular trash in the recycle bins. People often do not care enough about reducing pollution and promoting recycling which is evident with the cans and bottles we find in the trashcans and the trash present in the recycle bins.

Ski Patrol

The ethical implications I have learned from ski patrol is that it is crucial to help those who require assistance. A patroller cannot deny assistance and treatment towards a customer because it is against the duties of a ski patrol member and it is morally questionable. Furthermore it is prudent that the customer is satisfied and has concluded that he or she has had a worthy and memorable experience.

Service 12/19/2013

During the months of November and December, I volunteered for the COHS Biology club. I, along with other Charter Oak students, worked as part of a recycling collection group for the club. After school from Mondays to Thursdays, our duty was to collect cans from the black recycle bins that our scattered around the Charter Oak campus. On Fridays, we also collected cans from the black recycle bins that were inside of classrooms. Collecting cans everyday was to ensure that the recycle bins were empty so that the next day more cans could put placed inside. Through this experience I felt satisfied with myself and with my classmates because I knew that were making a minor yet meaningful effort to maintain the environment. I was surprised that this recycling program has taken so long to be established at Charter Oak. Since my freshman year, I knew that there was always the Campus Cleanup through the COHS Earth Club. Therefore, I am proud to be involved with the beginning of this recycling program. Volunteering with this after school activity reinforced my value for protecting the environment. I have noticed that many students do not utilize the recycle bins and instead throw away their bottles and cans in regular trashcans. I want to contribute to increasing the awareness among Charter Oak students of why recycling is important and beneficial for the environment.

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Service 12/19/2013

During July 2013, I spent a couple days in Riverside, CA to help my brother and his roommates completely move out of their house. Initially, it was a pretty daunting challenge because there were so many tasks that needed to be fulfilled. The most challenging factor of this endeavor was the combination of a time constraint and a sense of procrastination from my brother’s roommates. The scorching weather of Riverside with a lack of motivation made the process of cleaning out their college house more difficult because my brother’s roommates often did not desire to work diligently during the daytime. Instead they preferred to work during the nighttime which did not efficiently utilize the little amount of time we had. However, as our deadline came closer to the end, we gradually worked more rigorously until it we were fully concentrated on emptying the house. We began exponentially increasing our trips from the old house to the new house and loaded more possessions during each trip. In addition, we started working during daytime hours with nighttime house despite the brutal heat. My brother and his roommates were not the only college students that were moving out of their homes. Many of my brother’s friends and classmates were vacating their houses because they had graduated college and were finally beginning their life of true adulthood. It was interesting to observe how these particular college students reminisced on their past four years. I could see a sense of disappointment with acceptance in their facial expressions. Although their “best” four years of college life were over, they were starting the process of becoming adults in the real world. Helping my brother move out of his college home taught me how much the college experience changes an individual. I believe students often enter college with an optimistic attitude thinking that their next four years will be easy to an extent. However, my brother and his friends have informed me how difficult college truly is and how they have greatly matured through these challenges.

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Action 12/19/2013

At the beginning of my senior year, I was put on the Junior Varsity team for Men’s Water Polo. While I was initially disappointed that I did not make the Varsity team and considered quitting water polo, I ultimately decided to finish my last year in the sport. This team was the smallest out of all the water polo teams we played during the 2013 season. Initially, it was predicted that JV would not have a successful year as the team lacked a sufficient number of players. The existing players on the team had little experience playing with one other and we had a new coach none of us had ever played with. Despite these challenges, we took full advantage of every practice to learn how to play as a single entity and define each of our specific roles. I am proud of this because I felt that our team’s diligence and desire to win resulted to our achievements. Although our team’s speed and strength were not equal to that of the JV teams from other schools in the league, our tenacity determined our success. On October 4, 2013, we played Damien High School, who was ranked first in the Sierra League Division Two in water polo. Furthermore, their JV team had not lost a league match in over twenty years. The combination of talented players with a meticulous coach that was an All American League player in water polo resulted to a very challenging team. However, through our persistence and perseverance, we were victorious by one goal during over time. The time and hard work devoted to improving our techniques and team work paid off. By the end of the season, JV had the best overall record of Charter Oak water polo for 2013. During my last year with this wonderful sport, I learned that talents alone will not enable and individual to become exceptional at a particular such as water polo. The extent of work ethics is crucial to success. Furthermore, to be on the Varsity team was unimportant. The significant factor was how I used my experience to contribute to my growth as a water polo player and as an individual.

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