Volunteering for ASTH was a whole new experience for me. Their purpose of taking a step towards humanity made my experience of volunteering different than volunteering in other events or programmes. I was glad to participate in the event and get an experience of doing the flashmob.
Our Flashmob is divided into two parts one was drama, and the other was dance. The group was ready with the plan. The date on which we were going to perform was 5th September, on that day, it was Janmashtami (Indian Festival). The place where we were going to perform was VR Mall; one of the biggest mall of Surat. As it was a weekend, so we can target more audience in the mall. The primary goal were to spread the message in an entertaining and creative way. I was in the dance group. Our role was to get the attention of the people and gather them. So we decided to dance on an enthusiastic song. We even danced to a song which was related to the festival. The plan worked out. But the challenge was the shortage of time. As we started the practice only before one week of the day. I have developed a good catching speed in learning the steps.
I didn’t find a lot of difficulties for the flashmob because dance is my comfort zone. With having less time, we have to focus on the coordination of the group dance. So, I have to be regular in a practice session and not even miss one of them. Our ethical issue which we needed to care was that we don’t hurt anyone’s feeling while spreading. I believed that the dance performance did its job; we got people’s attention and gathered everyone around us. But when it comes to spreading the message and the drama started, people were starting to move. This gave me as well the ASTH group idea that the message needs to send in more creative more. Also when I pondered upon it, a flash mob should be short and crisp, therefore I think we should have conveyed the message only in the form of dance.
Overall it was really a new experience for me, and I have learnt a lot of things about management and could connect it with my subject Business management. I believe that the things I have learned from doing this activity will help me a lot in future.
Plantation was a very new experience for me. I realised this needed a lot of patience and hard work. No matter how tiring it was but at the end, I was satisfied and glad about doing it. I was obliged to have the opportunity to serve for the betterment of the society. This activity gave me an idea of hard work that farmers do. We were almost 30 people divided into group two groups; 15 each. Our group had the task of digging the gaps for plantation activity.
At first, we had the conversation with the farmers and the workers. They explained us the process of a plantation. The place had a great area; our group decided to divide and worked collaboratively. While learning the concept, we gained knowledge about plants and the types of soil. At the starting, it was quite difficult, and we even messed up things for a few minutes. ize-medium wp-image-2820″ />The workers there were very friendly and were explaining us on our mistakes and even taught us the better techniques whether it is taking out the plants out of plastic bags and holding the plants in a right way).
Then gradually the collaboration increased and the skills were sharpened a little bit with time. Working under the sun and doing the same activity continuously for a whole day was tiring. Still, we boosted ourselves; encouraged each other, and didn’t stop putting the efforts. We did this activity only for one day, but I wish that we could do it for at least one week so that we could serve the Vasda authority more and gained more knowledge and experience. In the end, I am glad that we had put in efforts and didn’t do work only for the sake of doing it.
I have participated in a state level football tournament; Subroto Cup. I have been a part of this tournament before and have got two years experience. In the first year, we have gone nationals as well. But this time, we lost in finals. I wasn’t glad about my performance, and I released that I have done a lot mistakes on the day of the match, and even my past decisions play a significant role in our loss.
No matter we lost, but we didn’t cheat in the game. Also, We have taken care of the age group in the tournament. Even Though there was no supervisor to check our time. Before the tournament we had camps, but I didn’t use to attend them regularly as well as my teammates. Which affected our team coordination and individual skills and practise were affected. But before one week I was regular with the camps so I had confidence in the game and was able to play. But still if I would have been regular in the camps than it would have been better. Even though I didn’t had sufficient practice. I was committed while playing and have given my 100% but that 100% would be effective If I had more skills and better co-ordination with my teammates.
In this condition, we supported each other and had never stopped motivating each other by ignoring the small mistakes. While coming to finals, we have motivated ourselves and have developed proper coordination between each other. As well as we got use to the ground as well.
Overall; It has always been great fun going through states, and these experiences teach us a lot, not just about the game but also has developed us as individual and being responsible.
The first experience of CAS trip was exciting. This trip was a jollification, adventurous and a place where we have never been to. This trip was much more different then I had in my entire life, in this trip we were introduced to the newly artificial forest, made by indian government.
Learning outcome 2: Planting hundreds of samplings is definitely not a piece of a cake. Small plants had to be planted in the hole which was previously made by the local workers, it was very hard to just put that one plant in the dug because the plant was very delicate one mishandling, even one crack on the mud could lead to breakage of the whole sample. It was that delicate. So there I learned how to correctly handle the sample, after 2-3 breakage it turned out an to be not so hard task.
Learning outcome 5: As this activity is so much relating to gardening which many people do it at their houses, working in team had a benefit of sharing ideas and techniques to make the work easier and in team dividing the work- one for bringing the samples, another for planting and the last one to pour mud over the plant giving a finishing. I reminisce on part where we had to dig and take mud from one place to another using a tool, this is where I had a skill to use the tool properly and effectively.
Learning outcome 6: deforestation, a major cause of rise in greenhouse gasses where Carbon dioxide a leading source of rise in earth temperature, To work upon this we planted the trees to reduce the levels of harmful gasses which will help millions of people in the future. The plastic taken out from the sample was put in a particular place which is specially made for it so by this I took an appropriate decision not to harm the planet.
Teaching is an important thing in this world,it allows us to pass the knowledge we posse. My friend and I decided to teach grade 7 insight on the occasion of teachers day.
The most challenging task was to maintain the class decorum,it was challenging task because it is hard the students were mischievous and I have not done anything like this before hence my friend and me overcome this challenge by making a deal with students that we will teach in the first 1.5 hours and we will play games is the remaining 0.5 hours,it was important for my friend and me to overcome this challenge because we wanted the students to listen to us and understand what we were going to teach although it is important to overcome any challenge in life because challenges drag you down but it makes u stronger if you overcome them.
While teaching I identified a strength I pose and it was communicating skills,I was able to communicate properly with the students and I was able to cater 2 or 3 doubts at the same time due to fast and good communication skills hence I used effective language to communicate while teaching which made it easy for the students to understand the topic taught by me.I feel good after knowing the strength because this strength can helpful for in future activities such as FOA.Although it very important for a person to know his/her strength or weakness because it allows you to analyse yourself and helps you to know the areas which you are good at and areas where you need to work on.
The class was interesting in the start but then after 45 minutes students were getting bored and distracted it was challenging for my friend and I because we need to teach and maintain the class decorum at the same same time although this problem were overcome by using “technology” while teaching we played some attractive and interesting videos which were related to the topic we were teaching, therefore, we were able to overcome this challenge,it was important for us to overcome this challenge because we wanted the students to understand the concept thoroughly.
When we decided to play in the remaining 0.5 hours ,we decided to play dog and the bone,while the game started some students started to fight we tried to resolve but after few minutes again they started to fight and this situation occurred much time although we stopped them due to the commitment we made to play games in the remaining 0.5 hours,commitment was required for this activity because if we did make this commitment students would not have paid proper attention in the class although this commitment has cost us time ,energy and hard work due to the fight that took place.
At the end of this activity, I learned that teaching is a not an easy task and my respect for teachers have increased .
Teachers for a day
In this twenty first century world it is essential to keeping yourself updated with social media and technologies although it is also important to make yourself fit and healthy due to the increasing number of wide spread disease hence me and my friends decided to join the gym at school.
This is the first time I have decided to join the gym.The most challenging task done by me was,to wake up early in the morning it was challenging due to lack of sleep and change in timetable,this challenge was overcome by sleeping early and changing my timetable but it also requires commitment to get out of bed in the early morning although I chose to wake up early.The week days were divided into upper body,lower body,back,chest and abs,it is cycle which we followed throughout the academic year,following this cycle allowed me find out my own strengths and weakness such as after 2 cycles I identified that my abs/abdominal is the strongest region compared to my other body parts therefore I was able to do 50plus sit ups in the second cycle itself and it is an area for further growth.After realising the strength I poses it boosted my confidence level and allowed me overcome my weakness such as my tricep region,it is the weakest region of my body hence I was able to overcome that weakness by changing my diet(increased protein intake).It felt good after doing this activity as it allowed to overcome the challenges and weakness and helped me identify my strengths,it is important to identify the strength and weakness you because it tell you the areas you need to work on and vice versa.
The second most challenging task was push-ups,it is a challenging task because it requires strength to lift up your own weight although this challenge was overcome by increasing balance and focusing more on my biceps workout on day 1 I did 5 push ups and on day 25 I did 30 push-up although I was committed to work on my weakness ,I committed to myself that I will increase the number of push up done by me although this commitment caused me to use lots of effort and hardwork to achieve my goal therefore it is not easy for me to commit things.
After 2-3 cycles I identified a new strength,the new strength identified by me was I had a strong back hence it is the second strongest area in my body,I felt good about finding out this new strength I posses hence it is an area growth in the future because my body is not fully developed yet therefore my back might become more stronger due to hormonal changes.
The third most challenging task was pull-ups,it is a challenging task because it requires strength to lift up your own weight although this challenge was overcome by increasing balance and focusing more on my back workout on day 1 I did 10 pull ups and on day 25 I did 40 pull-ups,it is challenging because it requires you to lift your body weight and I haven’t done anything like this before hence it is important to learn new skill because these skill makes me fitter,stronger and healthier.I was able to develop this new skill because of my commitment to increase the number of pull-ups done by me,this task is difficult because it requires more energy and strength while doing this activity and I felt good after developing this strength with the help of my commitment.
I liked doing gyming because it has allowed me to stay fit,increase my BMI and helped me to develop new skills and identify my weaknesses and work on it.
Upper body workout
lower body workout
This year my classmates and I went on a trip to Naggar. It is a beautiful place with low temperature and have a good scenery. Naggar is located is located near Manali,it is a hilly region with adventures activity.
The first and challenging activity which we did was trekking in the mountains, it is tough to trek on the mountain because as the altitude increases the level of oxygen decreases although trekking allowed to me to identify my own strength which is trekking for long distances without getting exhausted although I need to work on making my legs more strong because after long distance trekking I had to endure some leg pain because my body was not familiar with the environment.Trekking allowed to me increase my stamina hence we trekked on hilly region which allowed me to develop proper balance while trekking.I feel good after identifying and achieving this strengths because now I know the strength I poses and this will allow me to further develop my strengths in the future.
A challenging and a creative activity done by my friend and I was “sliding down the slope in a tube”.After doing this activity I was able to identify and demonstrate the challenges undertaken by my friend and I,the first challenge we faced was “balancing the tube” it is essential for us to balance the tube because dis-balance may cause fatal injuries while sliding down the slope,the second challenge we faced was “Try to sit steal” it is important to reduce any movement on the tube while sliding down hence it may lead to injuries if we move more while sliding down.The tube consisted of a space for 2 people,my friend and I decided to do this activity to together as it was a creative and challenging activity for us because we have never tried anything like this before, we had to work collaboratively because it requires proper balance from both sides of the tube,it was a challenge for my friend and me because this activity was dangerous and could cause some serious injuries if not conducted properly.The first time we did we lost control while sliding hence the second time we did it correctly because we were able to overcome that challenges faced by working collaboratively hence this lead to the development of new skills like “having a good balance while sliding” and “to reduce any movement done by us while sitting on the tube”
Third activity which we did was skiing, skiing is challenging and difficult especially for a beginner like me,The first problem I encounter was to keep up with the speed while simultaneously balancing your own body it is a hard thing to do while skiing although fell around 4 to 5 times while I was trying to keep up with the speed while simultaneously balancing your own body but in the end, I was able to balance my body and maintain my speed due to my repeated attempts I was able to over come that challenge hence it allowed to helped me to develop new skill such as “how balance and maintain speed simultaneously”.The second problem faced by me was “gripping” it is challenging to hold the grip due to slippery surface I slipped 2 to 3 times while trying to ski although I was able to increase my gripping skills while skiing by maintaining proper balance hence this allowed me to over come the challenge and develop the new skill “gripping while skiing” .The trip helped us in trying new things and developing new skills by commitment to learn ,due the commitment I poses I did not give up and tried to overcome every challenge faced by me.
I went to this district chess competition out of the school and if I get selected in top six players I can go to state level chess competition, so this competition was important to me. I was little bit worried that I have not got that much practice that I need but I was confident that I would win this match because i already won twice. This time it was under 17, so that was worrying me more. The place where this competition was going to be happen was to far from our school, so it was boring and time wasting.
As this was not my first chess tournament but for the first time I was in a different category therefore its was a challenging tournament for me. I started practicing for my competition from the month before. My visualization skill were weak and also pattern recognition, So i worked on this skills to improve and I was committed to play chess every day. I knew my strength that I was good in calculation moves.
Participating in this activity made me feel good because I won the competition and got selected for states. This activity meant to me a lot because this was a chance for me to go for states and also for other people. This competition only comes in a year, so this competition was valuable for me. I learned that never be more overconfident and to never lose hope of winning.
In this activity I learned different types of art forms. We did woodcut print, pottery, maintaining drawing book and installation of artwork. I did pottery first time in my life and it was a new experience but I could not make a proper pot because of time limit, so next time I would really like to make a proper pot. My favorite form of art work was woodcut print and i enjoyed the most. Maintaining drawing book was little boring because I was not too good in drawing and sketching.
I identify my strength that I am good at woodcut print and pursuing this form of art form can give me fast results to me but as I am weak in drawing and sketching I should work on it.
While learning many art forms I developed many art skills and I got to know that there is nothing like a bad or a good drawing. Whatever you feel like drawing draw it.
I was committed to the activity. I never missed a single class and also because I loved going for the visual arts class. Also by maintaining the drawing book I was committed to the work.
The installation of artwork was an group work. If I would be the only one doing the installation alone could have took my most of the time and would also be hard for me. It could also get boring if I would have done it alone.
The woodcut project I planned myself and I started working on it. The hard part was to draw the picture first on wood and then carving. Carving details was more hard.
The ethical implication is to not copy someone else’s work or idea and taking credits for it. Maintaining academics honesty.
I think, I made a good decision participation in this activity because I learned many form of art and I also did them practically. The activity was effective. What we planned to do in the whole year, we almost covered every thing. The activity was valuable because I can make art as my hobby in future or else it will help me in drawing like chart making and etc.
I enjoyed a lot during this activity. Although, it was a bit tiring as we worked the whole day. I learnt a lot during this activity. The children were so sad and depressed from within however they did not show how sad they were, they live a challenging life which no one would want to live. They face problems together like a family. I was very inspired to the fact that even though they didn’t have their parents, they were strong enough to face the world. The sorrow in their eyes was clearly seen. However, they covered it with a smile and that what a real fighter does.
We were a group of 8- 10 people who volunteered to spend a day with orphan kids. We made cards, decorative pencils for them. Also, we made them play games, do zumba, watch movie etc. There was an activity which had really touched me… It was when we asked them to make a card for anyone, and half of the little kids made cards for their mom and dad which was really very depressing. I wasn’t able to control my emotions after reading the cards. We had put all our efforts to make that day memorable for them. We worked collaboratively in almost every activity. For instance, we all came early to make a huge card for them and everybody gave their inputs. This also reflected the commitment towards our work. Also when it was movie time all of us made at least 50 pencils. It is my strength that I am very creative so it made the work easier and helped us finish our work on time.
It was a challenge for us to manage all the 50 kids. As the small ones were very uncontrollable. However, I think we did a great job. I am happy that at least we could bring smiles on their faces. I think I did my job with full determination, and had put the best efforts to make their day a memorable one.