Three weeks have passed since I last updated my blog. As usual, the excuse for not updating my blog would be a bunch of assessments coming up during those weeks. However, I will write a few things which happened in those times now.
The weather is getting cold recently and my first term at LPCUWC is about to come to an end. This is a bittersweet experience. I am happy because there is a little holiday called winter break after the term. So, I will be visiting Japan and then go back to my home country for a while. At the same time, I do not really want to leave LPC - it had become my home. Personally, I think I did okay during the term, both academically and concerning the extracurricular activities. I hope this holiday will give me time to reflect on everything. Anyway, last weekend gave me time for mid-night origami...
Two weeks ago, during the Project C session, the founder of an AI-based mobile application for basketball training called Homecourt ( https://www.homecourt.ai/ ), came to LPC to talk about his experience. It was very inspiring. We had a chance to listen to the life in Silicon Valley, his experience as an employee at Microsoft and Apple, and as a founder of a startup. Also, he demonstrated what today’s mobile phones are capable of doing. His product, Homecourt app, can determine how the basketball is moving and analyze all your movements if you take a video of yourself playing, and the app tells you on what to improve. It was completely mind-blowing.
That evening, I went to see the IB Theatre Collaborative Project Performance of our second-year theatre students. There were a number of plays, written and performed by our talented second years. The themes of the plays are on various topics, ranging from suicide among young people, life after a traumatic experience, feminism, and physical abuse. Also, this was their IB Theatre assessment, therefore they asked us what impact their works have on us after each of the performances. The performances made me more aware of many different issues and they were excellent.
In the next week, we went out to a Chinese Painting art exhibition of the artist, Xu Beihong. In the exhibition, the works by the artist himself, his students and his colleagues were displayed. I got the opportunity to enjoy the minimal, but elegant style of the traditional Chinese Paintings. I was awed by the artist’s ability to control the brush strokes to get the desired shapes because it is tough to do so in Chinese Painting. Also, in Chinese Painting, you do not sketch beforehand. You have to decide what you want to draw and plan the layout in your head. Then, the painting is drawn immediately on the paper with a brush, which means there is no way to erase if you make a mistake. How could these artists paint such amazing pictures so accurately with a single brush stroke each time at the right position, with the right colors? It is just amazing.
Last Monday, we had our second college meeting and we talked about recent news and events at the college. During the college meeting, the students who competed in 24 Hour Race were awarded. 24 Hour Race is the largest student-led charity race (https://24hourrace.org) to fight slavery and human trafficking. Many LPC students competed this year and our school won a lot of awards, including 1st place Boys Team, 1st place Girls Team, Team Spirit Award, and two fastest boys awards. Hooray!
Also, in the physics class during the week, I am enjoying the lab work. We just verified Newton’s second law using a trolley during that lesson.
On Wednesday, our tutor group had our Christmas dinner. We had a starter with artichoke paste, turkey (obviously not me since I have turned into a vegetarian) and delicious desserts. I must admit that my tutor is excellent at cooking since she cooked the entire dinner in her kitchen. Also, we exchanged presents with each other. It was a memorable night.
Now, it is time for the Christmas melodies. On Friday, there was the music night at the principal's house. Numerous students performed terrific songs. As usual, there was the mind-blowing piano solo by my Japanese co-year, music genius, Miyuki Hajime! Moreover, the final performance was exceptional. It was rock music by our teachers, who named themselves United World Rock.
Yesterday, there was the term’s second Cafe, where students performed music, dance, skits or poems. This cafe’s theme was Disney, so people dressed up as Disney characters. I went with my jeans and plain blue T-shirts since I did not have fancy Disney clothes, but it’s okay. There were dances, songs, and a poem. Seeing your friends perform is a great experience. It allows you to see their creative sides. I also sang two of my favorite country music at both music night and cafe - “500 Miles” and “More than I can say.” Indeed, this weekend was a musical weekend.
There is only one week left before I leave for Japan. I will be writing about my Japan trip in the next post. Keep in touch.