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Why do I want to go to Barnard

When I was five, a psychiatrist diagnosed me with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). My parents were told that I needed to take medication, but my parents had a traditional mindset and didn’t believe in western medication.


In school, I was extremely alert and overactive and coped well whilst exhibiting the typical behaviors of a child with ADHD. My results were consistent with my peers, though I thought in different ways often creating an alternate route to get to the same answer. I am a firm believer that teachers need to champion all students with varying abilities. That is why I have always wanted to explore the question, “How can teachers better support students with ADHD and other learning differences?”


I want to be part of a community that strives to make differences for the betterment of others and especially in the field of education.  I am curious to explore methods that will support students with learning difficulties in finding their talent. From my own experience and readings, children that fall out of the ‘average band’ often put forth ideas, alternative solutions and are very focused on solving problems. However, stories prevail from many creative, brilliant people who have been deeply affected by the discrimination brought by society, deeming them to have learning difficulties or mental disabilities. This discourages people, limiting their potential, their talents and creativity.


In Barnard, I believe my thirst for learning and question would be fulfilled in the field of neuroscience. As I would be able to observe children’s behavior via the toddler center. I would want to employ an education minor in order to learn about pedagogical approaches that will help me to learn how educators can support children and advocate for them in every way in order for students to succeed in the mainstream.



If I could use one word to symbolize the previous semester I would say “Roller-coaster”. Why a roller- coaster you may ask, well, coming back to school after a whole semester of online learning was quite hard. I felt like it was definitely a roller-coaster of emotions, nervous, relaxing, confusing and so on.. Coming back to having class in person I felt like I was reconnecting with the world. After more than half a year of virtual school, and rarely talking to people in English, I started to stammer, unable to say full sentence without stopping. To say the truth, at that time I was quite nervous for my English IO practices and class discussions in general.  However, my speaking skills improved much faster than I thought, and I was back to I was before, everything finally calmed down.  But then right when this ended all the tests came piling on. I felt bombarded with questions of how to take the tests, how to review and all things I knew before. I was really quite a hectic time for me. This roller coaster of emotions lasted until mocks. And just when I thought everything was over, virtual learning returns…..

Post – semester plan

Through this month of practicing different pieces of music and practice music to improve the speed of my fingers. I felt like I can feel a huge improvement not only on the song that I am being assessed on but also my typing speed as well. I practiced every day and out of the 20 mins of my normal practice I took out 10 mins to practice to various pieces of music each day. I started from mainly scales and the practice book music7, and as time passed I was able to do the simple scales very well, I added more of the AMIS practice music. I also added in the music piece to get the fingering down before speeding up. I practiced each scale increased the speed by placing a metronome next to me when practicing. I would play at a slow speed, and when I am able to play at that speed without playing anything wrong 5 times in a row I would change the speed and play it faster.  Slowly I was able to play the song faster and faster.

Onion:Michelin 3 Star Found in a High School Cafeteria in Beijing

Article Title: Michelin 3 Star Found in a High School Cafeteria in Beijing


Beijing, China—In what students are calling “the new hotspot,” the International School of Beijing’s cafeteria, a private and privileged institution, is given Michelin 3 Stars.

Michelin Stars are hard to find; they are only awarded to restaurants that are perceived to be of high culinary merit. Now the International School of Beijing will be amongst the 137 in the world.

The cafeteria serves cuisines from all around the world, ranging from Japanese to Mexican to Italian. On a daily, 6 mouth-watering options are offered, personally crafted by the private chef and his team using fresh and organic ingredients for quality and health. Those who come to taste this luxury will go through a worthwhile 20-minute journey. Interacting with those in front and behind you to purchase your freshly cooked meals is a social experience like none other. The line snakes around the open space, going from the reservation stand to the dessert bar—what a sight!

Like how Michelin restaurant lists are annually renewed, this high school’s cafeteria annually surveys students. This process of seeking feedback to cater to its customers is just a sneak peek of its high-quality service. It goes without saying that students respond with such exhilaration and satisfaction. To capture their overall experience, students have responded with “standing in line is the best time to hear a stranger’s whole life story” and “I was finally motivated to start dieting.” And our all-time favorite: “what is that?!”

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The names of the articles and the reasons to choose them:

  1. How to Make Efficiency a Habit: The article brings awareness toward the importance in efficiency of “Do less but do more”.
  2. How Mental Illness Closes Down Our Minds: It helps students bring awareness towards keeping a healthy mental state for more efficient studying.
  3. How to Go to Bed Earlier: The article persuades readers to sleep earlier to increase productivity.
  4. What Love Really Is – and Why It Matters: The variety of human impulsive scenarios is used to highlight how easy people in modern days would fall in love out of lust and loneliness. The article purpose is for readers to learn to appreciate the true value of love.
  5. How Often Do We Need to Go to Parties?: This is a common question young adults and teenagers these days face. Due to peer pressure, they often make regretful choices. The article’s slow pace calms the reader down by questioning the causes and reasons to run away from responsibilities.
  6. The Dangers of the Good Child: The article argues the danger of conforming to expectations to an extent that it suggests that putting more effort into achieving someone else’s expectations may not satisfy our own will.
  7. You Could Finally Leave School!: I am personally interested in this one as we seniors are graduating this year!
  8. How to Read Fewer Books: The title of the article was what first interested me. The article argues that instead of always broaching new material, re-reading might become crucial, the reinforcement of what we already know but tend so often to forget.


“I am a Fan” -Rami Malek


  • Actor – use of beautiful people, celebrity – appeal to ethos for credibility
  • Background – beach setting, luxury, relaxing, aligns with him describing hotel as “tranquility and peace”
  • Pink clothing – soft, warm tone, welcoming
  • “I’m a fan” – alludes to the logo of the hotel – play on words – motto/slogan
  • Attire – upper-class, classy, clean, put together, professional




  • Snob appeal – “got to hang out with the members of Queen after one of their gigs”
  • Appeals to ethos – stating achievements
  • Transfer – adjectives to describe his experience + relaxing image



Video 1

  • Non-diegetic sound – tropical sounds, bird chirping, ocean waves – white noise – adds to motif of relaxation
  • Plain folks – “I’m a fan of___” examples are all relatable, inspirational – appeals to pathos
  • Repetition, reiteration – “I’m a fan of__” to emphasize their slogan
  • Concludes with “I’m a fan of mandarin oriental” – recency effect, placed at the end so viewers remember it better
  • Salmon colored theme
  • Blurry background (adds to relaxing mood), focus on person – high quality, well-funded – reflects status and service of hotel
  • Person looks away, smiles, takes time to think, video is in one take – shows candidness which furthers sense of relatability and reliability



Video 2

  • Personal anecdote – about his acting job, how he got to meet Queens
    • All related to hotel – needing a place to rest after long day of work + opportunities to meet idols – creating “remarkable” memories
  • Non-diegetic sound – classical piano music (high class)
  • Camera angle and scenery changes – visual variety and examples of activities to capture audience’s attention
  • Recency effect – tied all personal anecdotes together, and related it to hotel



Video 3

  • Montage – piecing together snippets of videos to show hotel – tour
  • Non-diegetic sound – upbeat jazz music – different to previous 2 videos
  • Use of blue (calm color), ocean, sky – reoccurring visuals to emphasize motif of peace
    • Examples of activities to engage in – very luxurious (boats, personal pool, bonfire, member/VIP bar – happy hour)
  • Time – morning/noon to evening
  • Background is blurry in bar scene to create ambiguity – a sneak peek; idea that you need to come here to see it for yourself
  • Ending scene is symmetrical – sense of harmony and aesthetics + sunset view
    • Contrast in shade, light, emphasizes sunset
  • Purple suit reoccurs – color is a symbol of royalty, luxury, elegant, riches



All three videos

  • Reiterate motif of relaxation and luxury, both associated with the hotel
    • Seen through scenery (beach getaway), music, time of day filmed (sunny, evening sunset), candid videos, attire (looks sharp)
  • Film technique – cross-cutting (cut away from one action to another, suggest two actions occurring at the same time), wide-shot




Serene’s Hero Journey

An uncertain beginning, A peculiar year~2020

During the past seven month I have faced many uncertainties and challenges. However, the hardest situation I have faced would probably be coming back into China. Although in the past seven month I acquired many new skills and traveled around China, I would still say the biggest successes I had during this pandemic was spending quality time with my family. Academically wise in the past seven month I became more assertive/proactive. I set up zoom meetings and sent emails to teachers for clarity when needed. This would definitely be something I want to keep with me moving forward. I felt like during the coronavirus I improved a lot on my practice IO’s. I believe it was because I was being proactive, sending teachers my IO outline and asking for feedback. Last year was a very special year, there was a lot of hardships and success. However, thinking back to all the literal and non-literal text we covered, I still enjoyed learning our first unit the best. In the first unit we learned about China’s culture revolution. In it we got to analyze old propaganda posters, read the little seamstress and watch “To Live”. I think I enjoyed that unit the best because we were able to have many conversations and discussion about the texts as a class. My SMART goal for this year is too improve my writing skills. I will do this by reading more variety of literal text to improve my vocabulary and learn more ways to organize my commentaries.

Reflection on Duffy’s work

In the past month, I have read countless poems written by Carol Ann Duffy. Carol Ann Duffy’s poems are always full of emotions, ranging from pure mischief and evil to cozy and heartwarming. From reading Carol Ann Duffy’s works, I have learned to appreciate poems, as they are almost like a puzzle. As we analyze each poem, we discover the figurative meaning behind it, and when we piece the meanings together, we discover a new hidden story. Carol Ann Duffy also frequently uses colloquial diction, which I enjoy reading, as it gives the overall poem a flow. It also allows me as a reader to better understand and connect with the emotions expressed throughout the poem. All in all, the experience of learning Carol Ann Duffy was quite enjoyable as just through one poet, I was able to have a completely new concept and understanding in the text type, poem.

Elearning experience

Due to the coronaviruses ISB has resorted to online learning. In my opinion there are pros and cons in this situation. I have always heard online schooling and have been quite curious in what it’s like for quite some time. Hence, when I heard of what we were doing I was quite excited. However, I didn’t have the best luck, my computer broke during my flight back, so I had to redo many of my assignments.

As for the new online learning experience, what I enjoy the best is being able to adjust to our own time. Being able to complete assignments at our own pace has helped increase my efficiency in completing tasks. With the freedom in time, I have also picked up many new skills, such as doing housework, cooking and chess. Nevertheless, without interaction with students and teachers understanding new concepts and topics have been quite difficult.

In conclusion this new online learning system is an interesting experience.

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