Throughout this semester, I have continued to build the infrastructure of my organization – which manifests in multiple ways.
First, I have been working meticulously to clarify and focus the organization’s message and mission statement. I want my organization to be laser focused and understood by at a glance from the general public. After a few more revisions, new pages on my website with a Theory of Change, updated mission, and supporting information will be uploaded.
Networking and partnerships have also played a large role in this semester. I worked to secure my first endorsement for my legislation and first official partner. I have also been reaching out to various people in the field and introducing myself. I want to build as many relationships and coalitions as possible.
Media coverage and digital momentum has been another area of focus. I already secured multiple articles through reaching out to journalists with more yet to be published (the biggest and most exciting from VICE). Many of these articles focused on my story because it is unique that I am in high school, yet still pursuing this work. Part of what drives media attention is my story, so that’s why I’ve also been building my own branding. I cleaned up my online presence and expanded my digital horizons.
You can even find me on Twitter here!
This is just a sample of my Semester work. So far I have had a very successful and productive start to the Independent Seminar and I look forward to the rest of the year.
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My independent project for this semester aims to create a report which compares several of the usual deep learning architectures using a set of grocery pictures. I started by watching and reading through open course materials and videos, which I found on the website of Stanford University, course CS231n. I also got in touch with a mentor from my hometown and sought his guidance on this topic. He is a graduate student at Fudan University, Shanghai. We arranged meetings every other week via Zoom and he has been helping me to better understand open course materials. Continue reading
I’ve done a fair amount of reflection in my past few blog posts, but I suppose there’s always room for more. Over the course of this semester I’ve both achieved and not achieved my goals. I actually have a much clearer and more long-term view of the trajectory of my work, and a vision for what I want to achieve not only in this semester, but further on in college. Continue reading
During my time doing independent research this semester, I have learned a great deal about just how challenging it is to conduct research on my own. At the same time, I think I have accomplished a lot in spite of the difficulties of adjusting to this new structure of learning and working. Continue reading
This week’s blog will focus on my reflection on my project and what I have learned thus far. In addition to this, I will also talk about my goals for the remaining time of my project.
I think one of the biggest challenges I faced so far is the efficiency in moving my project forward. One of the unique parts of my project is that I am able to work with governing officials, but this has also posed problems for me since I am not able to control the pace of my project. The people I am working with generally take time to contact, and I cannot text them and expect an immediate response since they are all busy people.
As a result, I have developed patience and…subtle ways to remind them to respond to my emails. I think it’s also interesting to learn to work with different people.
In terms of how I am doing with my timeline, I think I am not following the timeline directly. Instead, I am incorporating various unplanned things into my timeline. For example, my original plan was to build a relationship with Chester County and Yanqing County. However, along the way, I also learned other interesting things such as the help desk and am working to see if I can do anything to help them.
Another important lesson I learned is how to best use my time. I think doing an independent project allows me to manage my time base on what I need and I have found ways to make my independent study efficient and effective. One of the ways I do this is through time management. Click here to learn more about time management!
In the last third of the semester, I would like to continue to work on the connection between Yanqing County and Chester County. Good news I have received this week is that there is a special person in the County that works on China Initiative, and I am already in contact with her. I hope we can move forward together.
During my summer trips to Shimenkan, I was able to explore and view the current state of the village from my own perspective. The experience was definitely special and seeing the actual village made it easier to learn about the history. For a large portion of the semester, I’ve been studying the history of Shimenkan and I explored topics like poverty, the value of charity, charity and more. Continue reading
Hello everyone! This week’s post will be focused on reflection. It’s hard to believe that it’s been more than two months since the school year began. Here’s a brief overview of what has been accomplished to date:
- Read and presented on Uta Hagen’s Respect for Acting
- Performed a comedic monologue from Molly Sweeney in preparation for future auditions
- Cast as Nikos in Big Love, which received high praises from the community and the Greater-Philadelphia Cappies
- Became a performing member of the Elements Dance Ensemble
- Performed “Don’t Touch My Hair” at the Arts Festival
- Currently working on a dramatic monologue in Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue
- Voice Lessons with T. Rebecca Field
- Pending Independent Project Proposal for chance to act in Seattle with my aunt
- Reading Constantin Stanislavski’s An Actor Prepares
- Cast as Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof (to be performed in February)
Yesterday was the arts festival, which means that the dance section has been put to rest. Last night T. Will, in introducing the performance, laid out everything that I have done thus far. That conveyed the gravity of it all to me. I hadn’t even considered it up until that point. In my mind I was just making art. It’s what I do. Continue reading
Before Thanksgiving break, I would like to reflect on what I have done so for during the two months since September. It was a unique experience for me to search for scarce resources related to Korean traditional folk painting in the U.S. university libraries with Teacher Betsy. Also, for the first time in long period, I drew outlines, mixed colors, and painted without my Minhwa teacher or advisor standing next to me, helping and editing. I really enjoyed reading my classmates’ weekly posts and commenting on their articles. Although writing the blog was challenging to me at first as you can see from this first blog, as I was used to writing more formally, I became confident in writing blogs with a friendly tone. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to share what I am interested in and passionate about. I feel I have learned more about the culture from the country I came from through this experience. I feel most satisfied when people, impressed with my blogs, commented on them. Continue reading
In my last post, I introduced you to a new form of game called Sequential Games. Today, I’m going to explore with you a historical application of Sequential Game, the Battle of Hastings during the Norman Conquest. Continue reading