Vision of The Graduate:Collaborate With Others to Produce a Unified Work and or/heightened Understanding

As an end of the year project we were told to choose four capacities from the Vision of the Graduate list on the Greenwich Public Schools website. As we chose our four capacities that had related to us the most during the year, we studied our capacities and practiced writing about our acheivements, accomplishments, and sometimes even failures within these capacities. Not only did we write about them but each innovator in Inlab was given the opportunity to speak about two of the four capacities for five minutes in front of each Inlab teacher to reflect on their past school year. One capacity that I had chosen to not only write about but talk about, was the Collaborate With Others to Produce a Unified Work and or/heightened Understanding: 

One project that made a big impact on my life in school and out of school and helped me learn more about how to collaborate with others in group work was the National History Day Project.

My group and I struggled a bit with getting along and working together because we were friends. Sometimes, working with friends is not only good but sometimes bad. I know that sometimes for me, even, working with friends gives me the opportunity to be myself and to put in my best work and not worry about being judged.

Being able to work in group projects, you need to be able to collaborate with others and make sure that there is a certain understanding of what is expected and how to work together without any issues. I know that my group and I had trouble finding our common ground.

It was hard working like this because there was no accurate collaboration or communication. When there was collaboration and communication it wasn’t effective enough. It wasn’t effective enough  to make sure that everyone in the group had the correct mindset to keep going without wanting to create another fight with one of the members in the group.

We had group meets to talk about these struggles but we never actually accomplished anything good from it, we just ended up yelling at each-other more and more. Not only have I been through something like this in my NHD project but with my STEM water cycle project, and with some of my relationships with my past friends. It stinks, because you really want to be able to get along with your group members, especially if you are friends with them, but if the collaboration and communication is lacking, so will the power of a good, healthy friendship.

Next year I hope to overcome the struggles of working in groups and try to receive more help on math problems that I am not so sure about without having to be my own teacher. As Brian Herbert once said, “The capacity to learn is a gift; the ability to learn is a skill, the willingness to learn is a choice”.  So next year as a junior and in the future, I want to be able to learn how to improve these capacities, and improve these skills, to be able to learn with willingness and understanding.




Camp Hazen Family Camp

During the memorial day weekend, coming back to school, I heard that many people stayed out in the sun to tan at the beach, while others went to many barbecues. Even though as fun as these things may sound, my family and I decided to try something a little bit different this memorial day weekend.

We decided to try, for the first time ever, the Camp Hazen Family Camp!

, is a “community focused non-profit established in 1844 with programs and services for all ages” sleep away camp in Chester CT. I first found out about this camp for my seventh-grade school trip there during the Winter and I absolutely loved the Camp. Not just the environment and the cool activities that you can do, but just how happy and how enthusiastic the counselors were as well, their happiness made you feel that happiness and it made you want to go back, so I did.

I’ve been a camper at Camp Hazen for about three years and I’ve been to the mother-daughter weekend but the family weekend was a whole other experience. There were many activities to do together as a family or you could simply do some by yourself. One of my most favorite activities was going to snake river on the Cedar Lake that the Camp owns and the people who live in the neighborhood own parts of it as well. Here is a photo that I took of this lake at sunset:


Snake river was a little bit far away from the front side of the lake but it wasn’t too far that you could get lost. This river consists of many pieces of nature like bushes, water lilies, flowers, bugs, and don’t forget snakes. While kayaking through the river I did not see any snakes but, I did see a turtle. It swam slowly near my kayak and while I tried to reach out to grab it quickly dunk its head-under-water. Just being able to see it was super cool.

Another one of my favorite things that I did at camp was the archery competition, after five rounds my ending score was 101. Unfortunately, I did not win, instead, my Dad did which was also really cool as well. During this archery competition my sister took many photos of the family shooting the arrows, including a picture of me:

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Watching the arrow fly beneath my eyes to the target. This was a really cool experience for me, and even if I didn’t win, I still had a ton of fun.

After the Archery competition, another thing that my family and I had done that was also really fun was climb Deadman’s Cliff. I didn’t climb as much as I had wanted to but it was still to reach the point that I got to reach. As scary as this cliff sounds it’s not like a huge cliff but it was a reasonable size for you to get scared while your on your way up. Here is a photo of one of the counselors attaching the climbing material onto my harness:

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And a photo of me climbing:

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After the four days of an AMAZING family camp experience I became very sad because I remembered that this summer I wouldn’t be going back. Instead, this summer I will be volunteering at my local elementary school, Cos Cob School, and helping little kids at the summer school. I decided to try something new. And who knows, maybe next years memorial day weekend will come faster like this years school year is ending quicker like a blink of an eye.