"I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious" - Albert Einstein

Author: Bridget (page 1 of 2)

Found Poem – The bass, the river and Shelia Mant

Found poem


▲ The found poem adapted from “The bass, the river and Shelia Mant” by W D Wetherell illustrates the internal conflict the protagonist endured when being forced to chose between the bass and his crush: Shelia Mant. Personally, he enjoys fishing while, on the other hand, Shelia’s opinions about it are not similar to his own; she thinks fishing is lame and pointless; two things the protagonist doesn’t want to be viewed. Yet he couldn’t help but swell up with the desire to catch the bass; it was better and more exciting than the fished he saw in the past. He was pushed to the edge of the cliff and forced to decide. There was tons of hesitation and indecisiveness described in the text as he struggled to choose. “It seemed I would be torn between longings, split in half,” As written on page four.
My choice of the background image is simple, something that matches the scenes and mood described. The picture includes a canoe floating amid a large body of water washed away by the orange glow of dusk, close to what’s written. The dazzling reflection of the dusk in the water paired up with the original sight represents how luring and desirable both his options are. He must choose whether he wants the bass in the river or Shelia on land.
The text is positioned in a special manner, too. I displayed them in a spectrum, towards the left are his desires of Shelia, and on the right are all his thoughts gravitating closer to catching the bass.
At the end of my found poem, the lines “I cut the line in half; the rod unbends. The spell she cast, was gone,” enhances the general theme of the poem. No matter how important or superior someone seems to you, your interests and opinions matter just as much as theirs. To find someone that’s truly right for you, (either platonically or romantically) there mustn’t be any need to pretend, to hide in front of them. Likewise, when he threw aside an important part of his identity for her, his feeling suddenly vanished too. Because if he could let go of something equally important to him, why can’t he let go of her?

argumentative essay reflection

  1. What you did well in your essay.

I personally think I did okay with my choices of wording.

2. What you might like to improve.

I would like to improve on the actual topic of this entire argumentative essay and finding more evidence and reasoning to back up my claims. (and citations) also the conclusion and the relationships in between the CER.

3. Are there any areas where you marked yourself differently than Ms. Rivera? What are your thoughts?

for the ‘describe the roles of political…’ section, when I looked back on my essay, I didn’t find any key points where I necessarily described or explained this part, and I still don’t understand why I didn’t get approaching.

4. What was the biggest challenge that you faced while researching, planning, and writing this essay? How did you overcome this challenge?

clearly describing my claims and reasoning, at some point, I started doubting if my claims were strong enough, and even though I have a million reasoning for this claim, I couldn’t quite describe it without sounding utterly confusing or similar.

Product Design Prototype

▲ This is a compass/watch inspired device that tracks and indicates the smells. on top, there is a smaller circle on top of the original shape of the prototype, and on top of that circle, is the screen of the device that includes a catalog. smells can be added or identified with the catalog using the two arrow buttons below it. in between those buttons, there is a small rectangle that is the smell ‘projector’. it projects the smell so we can check if it’s the right one we want to focus on. to the right side, and attached to the wall of the cylinder, is a smell sensor. other than sensing the smell, it also captures it so it can travel to the smell ‘projector’ and do the rest. back on the larger circle, there is a smaller circle attached to the side of it, that’s is where the compass inspiration comes in. that circle goes around 360 degrees and indicates where the smell is coming from.

▲ Also, you can probably see lines drawn on the ring of the larger circle. these light up when each hour of the day arrives, for instance, the top line will light up when it’s midnight or midday.

▲ There isn’t anything important on the back, the lines are just for decoration and more defined lines for the ‘clock’.

sewable electronics

  • what I made

I made a flag that represents demisexuality, included in the asexuality spectrum. if you rotate it, it will appear much similar to a suit with a purple tie which I personally think is pretty cool.

  • Why I chose it

in the beginning, I wanted to make something that represents myself who identify with this sexuality, though I made two other options that, are cool, but don’t really have anything to do with myself. Later I chose the easiest option to make due to the limited amount of time.

  • What was it about the other designs that made you discard them?

there isn’t anything wrong with the other two designs, it’s just the demisexual flag means more to me as who I identify as. Maybe the third design was way too complicated and the first design was too simple, but even if I have enough time, I wouldn’t have changed anything about my decision.



  • What was new to me?

the process of sewing on the LED and the battery holder, whereas I’ve only sewed fabric on fabric, I’ve never sewed something that lights up onto a piece of felt before.

  • What things were hard for you, how did you overcome them?

something that I found difficult wasn’t threading the needle, wasn’t sewing on the components, but sewing a neat and straight line. sounds cliché right? though I slowly got better and more experienced at sewing in a straight line (lol).

  • What tips would you give to next semester’s students?

if you have enough time, think your design through, pick a logical and reasonable place to put the components, don’t place it in the middle of no-where like me.

take your time, I rushed it, and now its a mess.



design Lightbox Reflect, Make an Impact & Share

In this design project, our class started something called a ‘lightbox’.It’s made out of wood, the layers designed on Microsoft Illustrator, cut by the laser cutter, painted, and assembled (glue) by ourselves. 

My biggest obstacle was…

Painting. I had what I wanted to do in mind, but I didn’t think of how I would do it. The colors and patterns I chose require a smaller and more detailed oriented brush instead if a background or extensive area brush. The colors of what I’m painting don’t really have many colors in real life, and while the train is used for transportation, the lightbox is created for decoration.

My Biggest success was…

The layers. While the painting aspect never turned out as I expected and wanted it to, the layers are a (*inserts thumbs up) success. However, the first time it was cut out didn’t go the way I expected either, I messed up the measurements, so the layers were too large to correctly fit in the lightbox. But other than messing up the measurements the first time, nothing else went wrong and turned out really well. After that, I fixed my measurements and got it re-laser cut, everything fit perfectly, and I was content with the current progress.

Skills I learned or developed include…

  • Microsoft illustrator 
  • design layers (ideas, thoughts, creativity, etc.)
  • hot glue gun (used it before in 1st grade, hard to believe, right?)
  • trial and error (finding out what mistakes were made and fixing or improving it)
  • aggressively bending LED lights (this one is just for fun, though it included lots of determination and sTrEnGTh, don’t @ me pls)
  • quick thinking and Big brainpower (if you messed up one layer, don’t worry, paint the other side, or start over, we’re not wasting any more wood)

Something I learned about myself during this project is…

  • I’m unorganized (always am and always was; I’m like the clean chaos if that makes any sense)
  • I improvise my idea while working on it (i have come to conclude that I never follow any plans anyone had made for me, even my own)
  • I don’t contain any logical sense (who would make their train seats white and the rest of the section a depressing grey? definitely not Sydney trains)
  • I’m creative (mainly because I have the most random thought and idea traveling into my mind, but never out. name one other person that spend hours debating themselves on whether a finger on its own is alive)

Something I like to change about my lightbox is…

The entire design. I view myself as a bit of a perfectionist, and even one little aspect of the lightbox that doesn’t appeal to me, I would most likely start over and do it again. The idea of looking out a train’s window in Sydney and seeing the beautiful view of a harbor isn’t terrible, but I should have acknowledged my personal skills beforehand.

I think my work on this project relates to the real world…

Ever since my family and I got back from Australia, a place where people go to the beach at least 3 times a month, my mother was missing the usual trips to the beach or a simple harbor. We would take the typical Sydney Railway train to get there, and every time we look out from the windows, we would always see a beautiful view of the waters. I simply just wanted to recreate the moments in a lightbox, but the sea turned into a lake.

One piece of feedback I’ve gotten on my lightbox is… 

One piece of feedback I’ve received was that the lightbox has a really caring and homey feel to it like somewhere parents would take their children to.

 One piece of advice I’d give a future student doing this project would be… 

Please try not to get distracted and start drawing multiple eyeballs on the scraps of your wood, like me. Just kidding.

have a plan that you are completely satisfied with; not too challenging and not too simple, and stick to it. I’m the type of person to improvise when constructing the project, and in the end, I wasn’t that satisfied with it as I expected myself to be.

Overall, I don’t think my lightbox was a success because…

it doesn’t resemble the purpose of the design. I made this as a memory of Australia, but it looks like some sort of twisted dimension. I changed the seat color from the real color the Sydney Railway train has, and it doesn’t look similar at all. I’ll do better next time.

Percy Jackson Informational Report

Judging from all of the current decisions he made, Percy is an emotionally driven person. In multiple parts of the book, he would speak the emotion he was feeling at that moment and either regrets it right after or doesn’t realize how his words affect other people, or, in some cases, both. Emotionally driven people tend to act and speak based on what emotion they feel, or the dominant emotion. Typically, their actions and words don’t fully go through their heads before they visibly express it to other people, which leads to regret some of the time.

In chapter 3, page 39, Percy showed signs of unstable emotions when talking to his mom about a sensitive subject. Topic 2 article 1; Recognizing and managing emotions, states that if a person experiences a bad memory/ies in the past, their emotions are likely to respond more strongly to a similar situation. In his case, getting expelled from multiple boarding schools and transfer to another just for the same thing to happen again.

 “‘Because you don’t want me around?’ I regretted the words as soon as they were out.

My mom’s welled with tears. She took my hand, squeezed it tight ‘Oh, Percy, no. I -I have to, honey. For your own good. I have to send you away”

In this body of text, Percy reacted strongly to something that wouldn’t really cause someone who hasn’t experienced this in the past to jump to the conclusions that quickly. As stated further back in the book, he had never stayed longer than a year in every school he went to, at this point, he half expects his mom to homeschool him instead of sending him off just for the cycle to happen another time. So, when, for the 7th time this had happened, he felt as if his mom was purposely sending him away because she doesn’t enjoy his company. Earlier in the book, Percy explained that his mother was the kindest person in the world, so what made him say those hurtful things that go both ways? His emotions.

Sudden waves of emotions can occur in the most calming and normal times in our daily lives, when nothing feels rapid and stressed except for your thoughts, which either leads to more negative thinking or straight forward but powerful emotions that make you want to cry about a small matter, or, in Percy’s case, not-so-small for him.

One of the things you need to notice about yourself is whether your words are hurtful to others as some of theirs maybe do to you. Sometimes people can’t help but think negative when nothing proves that what they are thinking is correct. A way for Percy to improve his choices and emotional control is you go against it, try to find evidence about the dark cloud in their head is correct, notice all the moments where his mom cared for him, actions that she wouldn’t do is she didn’t like her son’s company. An example is already proven in the section of text:

“My mom’s welled with tears. She took my hand, squeezed it tight”

 Why would someone reassure or get emotional about what another said if that person doesn’t care about them?

Before verbally saying your emotions, consider what might happen as a result, and how the action would make yourself, and the other feel. Would you both be happy? Or would your words ruin the happy mood and make both of you feel depressed?

“I regretted the words as soon as they were out.”

Stop and think about your words before deciding whether it’s worth coming out of your mouth. Instead of regretting it right after, give yourself a chance to think it through. When Percy spoke his thoughts out loud but ended hurting someone that he treasures the most, it’s one of the worst feelings you could experience, making the emotions two-ways.

In addition, try to find the positives at the moment with the one whom you love, as you may not have time to do it afterward when you are separated from that person. Percy and his mother were on a vacation/holiday when this conversation happened. His mother took him out for relaxation, but later in the book all that would be destroyed due to a previous choice Percy made, or, he would just we sent away any day soon.

To conclude, Percy has lots of space to improve his emotional control, his personality revolves around the ‘feeling’ side, nevertheless the fact that he is a teenager; a time where our emotions are the most unstable.


CER – what kind of person is Percy Jackson?



Stubbornness, bravery, loyalty, observant and sarcastic thinking are some of Percy Jackson’s main personality traits. He always has a unique sense of humor going on in his head (that often doesn’t make any logical sense) despite whatever situation he’s in, he often relates everything to other weird and funny situations that happened in his past. He is also very introverted as he only made one friend out of all the years, he went to all the schools.

In Chapter 5, Percy says, “If there was one thing, I had learned from living with Gabe, it was how to tell when an adult has been hitting the happy juice. If Mr. D was a stranger to alcohol, I was a satyr.” Percy immediately realized that Mr. D is alcoholic the minutes he saw him, judging from the way he looks at people, the way he acts, and his appearance. Through that, we can tell that Percy is very observant.


When Percy was having an offensive conversation with Dionysus since they obviously didn’t get along at all, and Dionysus was trying to convince that he was a god at half-blood camp:

then, “Well duh!” Percy Jackson. Did you think that I was Aphrodite, perhaps?’

‘You’re a god.’

‘Yes, child’

‘A god. You.’

He definitely did not believe him, and he made it clear to him as well as if he doesn’t want other people to change the perspective of his opinion.

When the Minotaur was going to dissolve Grover into dust like Percy’s mother, instead of running away he decided to save his best friend instead. An act of loyalty, sticking and helping the people you treasure, and putting them before yourself. in chapter 4, Percy’s train of thoughts said: “The bull-man bore down on Grover, who lay helplessly in the grass. The monster hunched over, snuffing my best friend as if he were about to lift Grover up and make him dissolve too.

I couldn’t allow that”

 Along with loyalty, Percy has shown many signs of the brave actions during the story, mostly when he was fighting the Minotaur, as one could be loyal, they have many different ways to do so, but what Percy did really highlight the trait of bravery in him.  Also in chapter 4: “As the monster barreled past, I drove the broken horn straight into his side, right up under his furry rib cage.”

His sarcastic traits are also visible in the way he (author/ Percy) described the set of events to the readers, the tone of the language he used is often humorous and sarcastic, and usually in the most serious or non-funny situations. Some text evidence from chapter 5: “The Latin teacher turned and smiled at me. His eyes had that mischievous glint they sometimes got in class when he pulled a pop quiz and made all the multiple-choice answers B.”

 He sighed. ‘And how do you feel?’

‘Like I could throw Nancy Bobofit a hundred meters.’



(my friend couldn’t review mine as she said that her head is as empty as her document)



Circuits and Me #1

course reflection

The purpose of this course is to make circuits. So I made two, in total. One on a paper template and the other designed by me and also made on a piece of paper, green paper. As you probably expected, that one is more favorable than the first try as I’m really into wolfs these days or the most random animals you can think of, so rather than a card or anything similar, well mainly because no special occasions are near, I did a simple circuit + drawing. the design is simple, a male wolf head with piercing ice-blue eyes, facing the left. thick fur, bushy eyebrows, and sharp ears. the stereotypical elemental ice wolf if you know what I’m talking about. The dawning segment is EZ, so lets just all ignore the fact that I traced it, though it doesn’t have any colors, and I don’t really want a drawing that devoid of color. the circuit is just one big mess, I was going to take the high-way but the copper tape was like ‘nope’, so I guess I look the best-way in the end, doing the circuit inside of the card. before you scrunch your eyebrows in confusion, I folded the paper like a book, the front/back cover and a spine. the fact that the wold eyes does not match the position of the bulb frustrates me as well, like watching his eyebrows light up its just straight-up weird. I did this ‘card’ twice, the circuit about 5 times consisting of continuous ripping it off the paper and reattaching and replacing it with some brand-new copper tape.


Project Reflection

as I described before, I made a ‘card’ with a theme of a blue wolf, or ‘ice’ wolf if you prefer. I believe that he is a male from the shape of his head, it’s more angular than female wolfs I’ve seen before. he has large, sharp, triangle-shaped ears that point in the opposite direction of his fur. he has a coal-black nose,  and two different colors dominating his face, dark blue and white, separated by a line of black fur from the center of his face traveling horizontally. he has white, bushy eyebrows that are placed right above his ice-blue eyes on an angle. but of course, I couldn’t add most of this design’s colors in due to the circuit. I’m overall happy with the outline of the sketch, it looks like a wolf and in my opinion is only looks like a wolf. the coloring though, I was not content with, colors are an important aspect to this daring and all I added was a few stripes to the fur and one big blob of blue on the eye. I plan on coloring it before I attach the circuit as its more difficult to color once there’s a bump on your paper.


Grade 6 Reflection

everything has been quite simple and planned out since I joined this school, every class I went to is organized with their task instructions are all clear to identify and to complete. Everything here, including the teachers, the student, and the work fit the atmosphere perfectly, basically what I am saying is the work is simple when you concentrate but difficult when distracted, I mean, that’s what school is about right? 🙂

I’ve made friends (well obviously lol), and all I could say is that everyone here is friendly and open. I really like the teachers’ tone when they see us,  it makes me comfortable to be around them, is like they treat us as students and a friend. I guess I’m just used to the western culture.

And the food- haha food will always at a special place in my heart – IS GREAT! I’m the kind of person who complains about weight with a big mac on the other hand, so the salad here really- (wow am I really talking about food?). well, it’s not like I don’t order chicken stripes on my way back home, I guess I’ll need to work on that.

I feel like I’m writing a report- anyways I really enjoyed the little time that I actually spent in this school (oof u corona). I’m proud to be a part of this community, and in my opinion, is school definitely deserves the place of one of the best international schools here.

this is not a reflection anymore, is it?

the months of e-learning has already killed my eyes, but don’t worry, they had already been resurrected more than “n” times.

did u get that? no, you didn’t. well let’s just say my mom is forcing me to rest, that’s a good thing for my eyes, I’m pretty sure they’re thankful, but my brain just wanna watch YouTube all day long.

just to conclude, this half-year for me had been a great experience for my family and myself, right after I came I’ve learned that some Chinese are actually racist to foreigners like some students and teachers. before I always thought that everyone here is friendly as people I see every day. I really do seek equality-


it has been a great year with great people, food, and education. (mostly the food hehe)


habitat thinglink


my biggest takeaway from grade 6 science is actually learning about the status of the animals. i never knew which animal is endangered and which is not, until this point

if i was to write my own report card i’d probably tell myself that all the information i gathered is true, but i could do better at categorizing my ThingLink.

i would very much want to learn about astrology 🙂

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