Personally, I have had some experience with blogging due to my ekphrasis assignment in IB English last year. At first, the learning curve was steep, and I did not know how to do most of the basic functions on my blog such as posting my work and creating categories. After a few learning sessions from my teacher and Mr. Utecht, I was able to be quite adept at posting assignments on my blog. This year in Mrs. Corning’s Senior Seminar class, blogging was a very important part of the criterion. Almost every assignment was to be posted onto the blog, so we had to get familiar with the electronic techniques. Since I already knew how to navigate through my own blog, I was able to successfully update my reflections and to astutely deal with any electronic errors that occurred while I was on my blog. The video posting posed a new challenge, though, but I greatly enjoyed filming it and sharing my own video with my peers. Whenever I scan through my blog, I feel a great sense of accomplishment as I review my past assignments. In a way, my blog acts as a time machine as I am able to instantly view my work from the past two years. It is satisfying to examine my growth as a person and as a writer whenever I compare two different works from varying time periods in the latter of my high school career. I believe that schools all around the world will soon adopt the use of blogs due to their convenience and practicality, especially when educating students on a global level. Through blogs, I can exhibit my writing to people all over the world, and I am also able to learn from other student’s blogs.
As Victor Hugo, the celebrated writer, once said, “Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and cannot remain silent.” Simply, music almost has magical qualities when evoking emotions in people. One specific event from my high school experience that I would like to comment on is my participation in the choir. Ever since I first came here in my sophomore year, I have been in the choir program in ISB. In 10th grade and in 11th grade I was in King’s Men, an all boys singing group that was created the first year I was here. In my senior year I was in Chamber Choir, a group consisted of both guys and girls. To sum it all up, choir has been a monumental experience during my high school career. In honesty, I used to be a lousy singer although I enjoyed listening and singing along to music. I was unable hold consistent pitch, and my tone was terrible. However, after a several months in choir, I became more proficient and I became a better singer overall. Chamber Choir is a group that accepts only seasoned singers, and my time in King’s Men enabled me to gain enough experience in order to advance my musical training. One thing that I love about choir is performing in concerts. These occasions are rare, but they require much practice and dedication, as well as staying after school during flex to hone our skills. Although I sometimes resented these extra practice sessions, the thunderous applause after a successful performance and the thrill of singing in front of a crowd is enough to dampen these negative feelings. I really enjoy the unity that I feel when I contribute my own voice towards a beautiful melody that is only acquirable through much practice. Choir is a team sport; everyone has to invest their own time in honing their own voice in order to contribute to the whole contingent.
Singing complies with the Ways of Knowing in several aspects. Perception assures us of our ability to sing, and causes us to change our tone or pitch in accordance to the modern conventions of singing. Without the ability to see, hear or feel, we would be unable unite our voices into one clear melody. Additionally, people with more experience with music can have a greater appreciation of different pieces compared to a normal person. Their perception skills are more adept, thus they are able to pick out subtle nuances in the music such as tone or pitch. Second, language is a core part of singing. Language impacts our communications with one another, and we are able to fluently portray our message through singing. The way we produce sound with our voices is inherent in language. Thirdly, emotion impacts singing as well. For example, whenever I feel depressed or down, my singing is affected negatively. However, if I am in a happy mood, my voice sounds better and more positive.