Riley Fryer

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

Xtreme Board Shop

With the variety of different volunteering opportunities I have had I have realized that there are things that I am very good at, and there are things that I should never do again. From my volunteering at Xtreme Board Shop I have learned that problem solving is definitely one of my strength. Like at Xtreme, I have been successful at problem solving on the pool deck. For the girls water polo season I ran the clocks and was the only one who was able to fix the clocks when they would stop working. Both of these situation I was in a position of power where I was able to choose what course of actions I would take; this has taught me that I am successful when I can make the choices. However, times when I was not able to choose my course of actions I often had difficulties. This was the case when I volunteered for the San Dimas Rodeo. At the rodeo I was on the receiving end of orders and often thought that I had a better way to complete the task.


What challenges have I been through?

San Dimas Rodeo

One of the biggest challenges I have gone through was working with a variety of different individuals. Every person is different, and in order to be able to effectively work with anyone one must be open minded to different ideas. One challenge that I will not forget was clearing tables for the San Dimas Rodeo. I prefer a technique of specialization, where each person would have a specific task, ie: John collects the recyclables, Susie throws away the trash, and Bill cleans the table for the next person. However, the person who was in charge of my area thought that it was more effective to have each person clear one table at a time. This method required multiple trips across the eating area, but I followed the orders because that person was in charge and I was not.


In what ways have I started new challenges?

Xtreme Board Shop

Xtreme Board Shop has present many new challenges for me. It seems that almost any time I go there, there is something for me to figure out. Many times this is with things that I have a decent understanding of: creating posters in Illustrator/Photoshop, web coding, and basic computer problems. However, sometimes I am present with very interesting technological challenges. The shop has a variety of new and old technology and many times the old stuff does not work well with the new stuff. This is where I come in to figure out how to make everything run smoothly. Helping out at Xtreme is definitely a challenge, but it is one I enjoy.


In what ways have I developed new skills?

Patience and Problem-Solving

The most valuable skills I have learned from my volunteering are patience, and being able to problem solve. These two skills are interrelated, If I was not patient there is no way I would be an effective problem solver. These skills have been developed through the technological issues I have encountered at Xtreme, and from working with a variety of different people at other places I have volunteered.


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

Biology Club

I have shown commitment to my activities for Biology Club. Everyday from when water polo ended to when swim started I helped collect the recyclables from the bins placed around campus. This would take about 20 minutes everyday except for Friday’s which would take about 30 minutes, but it was well worth my time. I was dedicated, and stayed committed when many others did not.


In what ways have I worked collaboratively?

Biology Club

I have worked with the Biology Club collaboratively. Collecting the recyclables everyday after school is a task that could take a lot of time. However, we decided to divide the work in order to speed up the entire process. By dividing the labor, we were able to drastically reduce the amount of time it took to retrieve all the recyclables for the day.


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


The recycling program that the Biology Club has started has global importance. Recycling reduces the amount of oil that needs to be used in creating plastic bottles. By placing the recycling bins throughout campus the club has made it easy and convenient to recycle. Even though our program has a small impact, doing something is always better than doing nothing.


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


By being involved in the recycling program I feel that ethically I am making a difference and showing other what is the right thing to do. Morally, I feel obligated to be a part of the recycling program because I feel the need to lead by example. If I show that a difference can be made, maybe other will see it and choose to join also.

Service 5/23/2013

Since the beginning of this school year, I have been helping out at Xtreme Board Shop. I have known the owner for a fairly long time and have been sponsored by the shop for about two years. In September I helped the shop owner Will move. This was an all-day event and was quite the challenge. I along with some other shop riders and friends helped out made what would have been impossible for one person to do something difficult and time consuming for about eight people. It was a full day of work, but I was happy to help. In addition, I also helped set up and clean up with the last two shop parties. This involved running picking up food, getting chairs and tables, and cleaning up after the event. I did this for the shop party in October, and the Christmas party we had in December. Finally, I have also became tech support for the shop. This job involves me fixing computers, and helping with the website. The problems I solve are usually small and quick, but sometimes I will run into one that takes hours on end to fix. I have had a great time helping out there because the people there are friendly and very supportive. \

This year I helped out a lot with girls water polo. I ran the clock for every home game for all three, sometimes only two, teams. The girls had five home games and then two additional games for cif, both of which were tie breakers to see if they would continue to cif. I enjoyed doing the clocks because water polo is a fun and exciting game to watch and I always like to help out our teams. It was also a good opportunity for me to see mistakes that the girls make and remember those so I don’t make them during my season.

Action 5/23/2013

During the spring of this year, I was on the varsity swim team. We practice every day, and for the first half of season, we had two practices a day, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. This swim season taught me how to juggle and value what is really important. Because I had morning practices, I had to make sure I went to bed a decent time so I would be able to wake up at 4:30am to be ready to swim at 5:00am. Throw in TOK on Monday nights, and I was at school from 5:00am to 8:00pm! This made during homework difficult, and my chemistry grade slowly went down. I was lucky that it did not drop too much, but I felt guilty that I was blowing off homework for the one class that I had an IB test for this year. All in all, this year in swim was a fun learning experience and I plan to swim again next year, hopefully I will be more prepared.

Creative 5/23/2013

On December 1st of 2012, I volunteered to help with cutting and blending flowers for a Rose Parade Float. It was a very tedious task, but I found it rather enjoyable. As an IB student, it was quite nice to be able to sit down and just cut flowers. I am so use to trying to cram in homework between sports and my classes so sitting down and cutting and blending flowers was a shock at first. It was nice to know that all I had to do was cut the flowers and that was it, there would be no test on it, I wouldn’t be grade, and best of all I didn’t get any homework for it. The only thing I did not like about it was that I had to blend the flowers that I just spent 3+ hours cutting!

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