A Listicle for my “Books of Life”


Its late, and I really want to go to sleep, but I can’t. The ultimate cycle of procrastination results in regret, and deep down, we all know that: “these aren’t late-night speculations; they are the tasks of our day-time selves – requiring for their proper accomplishment, our poised and well-rested minds”


Most people have physical first aid kits at home for cases of physiological emergencies, but it is very innovative and necessary to have an emotional first aid kit especially in circumstances where people are under a lot of stress.

Trauma and EMDR Therapy

Sigmund Freud is a very renounced psychologist and it is amazing to see findings on how small details may impact clinical diagnosis and treatments. Coming across the topic of abnormal psychology in another course, it is also interesting to see the development of a new therapeutical technique.

You Could Finally Leave School!

As a senior, I think it is very important to note that we are months away from high school graduation. Therefore, we must note how the high school community restraints our ways of thinking and how it protects us from the dangers of society.

When Do You Know You Are Emotionally Mature? 26 Suggestions

It is amazing to have a guide for me to reflect on my emotional matureness. As teenagers, we are put right between the societal boundaries for “mature” and “immature”. It is also interesting to see how the term “mature” can be defined.

On Not Being Able To Cook Very Well

I am unable to cook, the main obstacle along my way for improving is my fear of hot substances. This article allows me to realize that I. am. not. alone.

On Sofa Jumping

Adult social life is genuinely complicated and this article is trying to let people open up to others and “be idiots together”. I think people care too much about what other people think about them in modern society, therefore this article is a nice way to break the ice.

Dinner Table Orchestra

As a classical musician, it is rather interesting to see how people are able to make use of other objects not only to make music, but to establish connections with other people. Though pots may be a little too loud, this is a very innovative way of making music.

2019-2020 Reflection

Throughout the last eight months, I have witnessed a pandemic that I have never seen before. Previously, my parents had described to me about the SARS pandemic back in 2003. I would never had thought that I would also witness a pandemic like this. As a student in the class of 2021, there have been several challenges for me in the past eight months both large and small. The biggest being the changes in the IB exams which caused an increase of percentage in the remaining papers along with challenges in adapting to online learning. Smaller challenges would include the inability to physically interact with friends. Many people in China have given the class of 2021 a title that can be translated into: born during SARS, graduated during COVID

Despite some challenges, I have also had fun experiences learning about certain works. During the past year, my favorite text would be Carol Ann Duffy’s poetry collection. Although it could be confusing at first, but it was really interesting after you take some time to research the backgrounds of these poems. For example, the poem that left the deepest impression would be Penelope. This poem really introduced me to another story: The Odyssey. Not only did this poem introduce me to another story, it also depicted the story of The Odyssey in a different perspective.

In the year ahead, I am really looking forward to studying The Odyssey as it is an extension from the poem Penelope that we had learnt before. I am also looking forward to polishing my individual oral skills through more practice. A SMART goal I have for myself this year would be to be more familiar with literary devices so I could find it easier to recognize them during the individual oral and my paper 1.

“To Live” Analysis

The scene above had appeared in the beginning of the movie when Fugui was addicted to gambling, Jiazhen came to the casino in attempt to persuade Fugui to stop gambling. Fugui ultimately publicly humiliated her with the words “Get out of my sight”. Through this scene, a major global issue was revealed – feminism.

This can not only be seen through Fugui’s disrespectful words, but also through how the people had acted when Jiazhen initially appeared in the casino. The owner of the casino had welcomed Jiazhen with a sarcastic tone: “Come, give Mrs. Xu a seat”. Purposely speaking with a loud voice, the owner of the casino caught the attention of many gamblers in the shop. They too, were chattering behind Jiazhen’s back with scornful tones and prejudiced words. Especially Long’er who directly pressured Fugui to make Jiazhen leave in order to reach his goal of taking over Fugui’s courtyard.

But what caused this issue within the society at that time? Feminism was always a serious problem for China, even before the 20th century, the Chinese culture naturally saw females as the inferior gender compared to males. Examples of this could be seen in the dynasties, where food binding for women was prevalent. Having a small foot was considered to be a symbol of hierarchy and privilege in society, however, the expense was having to suffer through the arduous process of bone breaking at a very young age. In general, males at the time (1950s) were influenced by the culture they were brought up in and was given the concept that they were naturally superior compared to females.

Orch or Band, Who’s Superior?

Orchestra or Band, a topic that has been highly discussed since the beginning of time, has been brought up yet again in a language and literature course in ISB. This topic was brought up with friendly intentions and for diplomatic exchanges of experience.

I admit that Band has a distinct timbre that string instruments are unable to produce which is essential within a symphony, however, the string orchestra is often the most important section of any culturally or historically significant piece. When band instruments play solos, they often create high pitched sounds resembling whistles, but these ear stabbing sounds are often toned down when working with a string orchestra.

Different from Band students, orchestra students enjoy music and are willing to devote their time to after school concerts and activities. A most common complaint heard from band students is that they have concerts after school, while orchestra students view their concerts as a form of relaxation. Why would band students complain about concerts if their truly love their instruments?

Band students who claim to speak from experience often have the misconception that string instruments are supposedly ‘easy to play’. String instruments are indeed the best choice for beginners to learn because it is easy to create sound with a bow, but is it really easy to learn a string instrument well? In order to perform a string instrument well, there are many factors to put into consideration: intonation, tone, position and many more. Although I am not in the position to say that Band instruments are easier to play than string instruments, I can definitely say that both string instruments and band instruments are difficult in their own ways.

The dominant element within this propaganda poster is the picture. The cropped picture representing band forms contrast with the large and complete picture of orchestra, emphasizing the importance of the string orchestra within a symphonic orchestra.

The background of this propaganda poster is black with white words, this forms a contrast between the colors and emphasizes the white words. There is also a use of satirical puns to catch the audience’s attention, thus providing a solid foundation to build my argument: Orchestra is better than Band.