My first week in Middle School was really busy I rarely had time in between classes.Also, there are new teachers, new classes, new rules, new friends, and of course new activities. I think that a metaphor is when you compare a thing you don’t really have a clear picture of, with a thing you are sure you now about. The way I chose my metaphor is because since we are in Bangkok and the city was busy and there are a lot of cars, that made me come up with the idea of  choosing a city as my background and the base for my metaphor. The connection of middle school with my metaphor is since  I never came  to middle school, its as if I walk into a city I never visited (except for bridge day.) Another connection, is that middle school is busy and there are a lot of people talking so that compares to cars honking their horn nosily.

 

 

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I think that the best part about grade 4 was that I was lucky to have a awesome teacher like Ms.Bellone. Ms.Bellone is so nice our class has special privelages like playing games getting homework passes. I think everybody in my class agrees.

I have made lots of friends in the time I have been here and I fit very well my class, I think that having friends is very important in life.

I think that being in 4th grade means quite a lot because next year we are 5th graders at the very top of elemantary school and the little kids look up to us like giants.

A very fun part was the 4th grade book awards we found out which books got voted the winner in there topic it is fun because we did not know who won so it was a surprise.

Bye till next year adam

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I think that some areas of the world are richer than others, because of what kind of people live there, and what kind of taxes they pay. In america, the government lives mostly of the taxes of the people. While in richer countries, there are less taxes, indicating that the governments in those areas are poorer. In short, the governments depend on the people to make themselves richer.

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My academic goals

  • To get an A or B on my grade.
  • Learn more about this subject to get good at this.
  • Get more skills to prove this subject. Like writing, spelling, and reading.

My social goal

  • To recognize how the world is going on and how the world will happen in the future.

My personal goal

  • To learn more vocabularies to get good of English. And especially don’t forget my homework.

 

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Five days I spent at Operation Smile mission for the GCW week has been an incredibly meaningful and valuable time in terms of my personal realization of life and acknowledgement of the world’s reality. Throughout a few visits to the same hospital in Nan, the Operation Smile team got the chance to interact with the same children and thus, developed closer relationships with them. There was one girl who especially loved to spend time with a particular student from Harrow International School; she joyously ran around the ward with the student. As I was watching the little girl smiling with the merriest smile I have seen in a long while, I became happy myself. In addition, I felt satisfied as I realized that the Operation Smile team was indeed making the children’s difficult times a little more endurable. Regarding the considerable amounts of time I have spent with the kids and observing the changes I was making, I came to a realization that the thing numerable visiting orators have been repeatedly emphasizing in the past was indeed very true; I was capable of giving positive effects to people’s lives. Another realization that deeply rooted inside my heart was that there are innumerable people in the world who lack in economic sufficiency. When I learned that Operation Smile was entirely charge-free for the patients, I, at first immediately assumed that the patients and their family members would only be grateful for Operation Smile. Then I tried to think in the position of the kids’ parents and realized how they would be thankful for the aid, yet would be feeling sorry for their own children for not being able to provide regular care like more fortunate kids’ parents do. Also, the fact that only several patients could be chosen for the free surgeries saddened me; there would be so many other kids and their families who would strongly desire for help. Thinking about how disappointed the unselected kids and their families would be, I acknowledged how fortunate I was, to be provided with privileges from my parents without any concern.
Alongside the times I spent with the kids, observing surgeries in the operation room was also an unforgettable experience. As I was slightly pursuing the dream of becoming a doctor in the future, and had never been inside an operation room, I was anticipating for the days I would be observing the surgeries. In the operation room, the observers were permitted to stand close to the surgeon and the numbed patient as long as they were free of touching the medical tools or interrupting the operations. I was stunned to watch the surgeons preceding the operations with almost no hesitance or fear. Although I knew that that was the reason why they were doctors, I still could not stop being amazed by how proficient their movements were and how relaxed they seemed to be. After watching the surgeons’ skills and bloody scenes which I could not handle, I came to a solid conclusion that becoming a doctor was a mission-impossible for me. Also, when I learned that the doctors involved in the Operation Smile missions were not paid at all, I instantly started to revere them and realized that people like them were the ones who make the world a better place for less fortunate people to live in.
In conclusion, I greatly thank ISB and the administrators for making such precious event like Operation Smile possible. Through this GCW trip, I have learned crucial lessons and have even developed into a better person, a better global citizen. In addition, not only did Operation Smile turn me into a better human-being, but it also gave me a lifetime experience of seeing how operation rooms look like and how surgeons do their task. Furthermore, the entire Operation Smile team bonded together and learned what it means to be working as a group.

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During this week of interacting with children, observing surgeries, I learnt far more than I had expected.

During the screening day, I met a girl who came all the way from Laos, and it absolutely shocked me knowing just how much the family had put into this dedication of traveling miles away from home, yet knowing that they might be the ones not selected. It definitely displayed the way in which the parents put so much effort in wanting the child to have a normal life, be educated, and go to school without difficulties making lifelong friends. There were also children who came again, losing their first two or three chances, and still not giving up the hope in changing their lives. I think if I were in their shoes today, I would’ve already lost hope, which is astonishing to me that these children walk away from their villages to keep trying for their opportunities.

Although I’m not the one who fix the cleft lips, it still comes to my mind that I am able to help these children feel encouraged, and less ashamed of what might come to be one of the most extensive change made to them in their childhood years.  When interacting to all the children during the screening, I think I was able to help them build up self-confidence and being able to see the world at a different level.

Despite being proud of the fact I was able to stand five, rather nauseating surgeries, there is something else I am even more proud of. When I went on this course, I realized I wouldn’t be able to help these children much, or at all, because of a language barrier that keeps me from being able to talk with them. However, I was far wrong. During the first few days when I handed out the toys, their warm smiles and appreciation kept informing me that I don’t need to talk to be able to help these children. Ranging from playing with balloons to blowing bubbles, the children’s showed lively enthusiasm despite the fact that they were just in a 60-minute surgery. Without words, just smiles and laughter, conducted our bond with them. I think it made them far happier knowing that there are people who will interact with them, and that they don’t need to be afraid of the world just because they don’t see many others like them.

The experience was definitely different from what I had expected. I absolutely did not think the children would want to socialize with a group of teenagers who hardly spoke any Thai and be so willing to interact with us.  Whenever I took the first step into their wards, there were no kids that did not manage to put a smile on me.

The most challenging part of this course besides blindly following others onto what looked from the bottom like a ‘small’ cliff, then realizing I didn’t want to jump off of it, and realizing there was no way back down but to find the courage to jump, was the inability to help these children first hand, but I definitely found a way to overcome it by encouraging myself that by motivating the children to take time off of their hospital life, I am able to help them find a new life in their constructed lips.

I don’t want to say that these children’s lives would be changed forever, as it seems to be such a typical reaction in helping kids, but there is no other way to express the pain these children experienced as being part of such an outcast for so long, and having to personally be able to help them overcome that.

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She was terrified. She was sitting on her bed, isolating herself from her mother and all the other children in the ward. She was just two hours away from a surgery that would change her life forever. This fifteen-year-old girl had a cleft lip that impaired her speech and confidence. Due to this deformity, she was never able to lift herself up from embarrassment, making herself vulnerable to feeling inferior. My goal for the day was to relax her, make her eyes shine, and feel happy. I sat down with her and tried to mumble fun facts in Thai while she looked at me in confusion: who was this Indian girl, and why was she speaking to me in Thai (or at least what sounds like Thai)?  I showered her with paint sets, color pencil sets, small racecars, just to make her feel happy. Her nervousness prevailed. But what astonished me was how my one small, silly action made her smile. I gave her a sticker of a smile, and it was reflected on her face the moment she stuck it to her patient clothes.

The simplest action made the biggest change. This was proved to me again and again throughout the Operation Smile trip in Nan of this year for GCW.  The Operation Smile patients, consisting mostly of children, were happy to receive the simplest of toys and play the simplest of games (tic-tac-toe, pass around a tennis ball) before undergoing a major surgery.  They were able to fight their nerves of staying in an enclosed area where once it is hectic filled with nurses and doctors running around and at another time it is filled with silence. They never even uttered a word of complaint. These children are the true inspirations as they are able to retain their bravery in face of such a great challenge. I always find time to complain, complain about how my computer isn’t working or how bored I am with the lack of fun apps in my IPhone. I feel shy in comparison to them, and I am not even in their situation.

A great part of the days spent in the hospital was observing surgeries. As I am an honest person, I can safely say that this was one of my favorite times of the day. I was able to watch a surgery of a gun-shot wound, a unilateral cleft lip, cleft palate, cleft ear, skin graft, and nose reconstruction.  All these surgeries are part of Operation Smile, and I was moved and impressed by the time and effort these doctors were putting in free of cost. In the middle of a cleft palate surgery, the doctor explained to me how he had to fill the gap of a cleft palate with a bone tissue, which was acquired by the chin. Mind you, this is not strictly speaking the medical terms to explain the procedure as I myself didn’t understand more than half of what was explained to me regarding the procedure in the Operation Room at times.  I realized the worth of these doctors’ involvement in this organization, and I now half a greater level of respect and admiration for their work. This GCW trip partly reinforced my interest in medicine and the belief that I can do good and not enact the stereotypical image of a ‘cha-ching’ hungry doctor.

It is a misconception, I believe, to think that any event or trip is only fun if you have your closest friends with you. I do not agree with this statement at all. I was the only junior in this trip and I knew of only two other students prior to the trip. The very fact that I did not know the majority of the students ultimately made this trip successful. Why? Well it made us all focus on the main purpose of the trip: devoting our time for the children. Through this goal we got well acquainted and made friends through service. It was nice how we became friends through the cause for the trip, and I ended up making friends with all the other fifteen people in my trip. Before the trip, I knew of only two people. After the trip, I knew of fifteen. Seems like a nice deal doesn’t it?

This is the first year I have participated in a GCW community service trip. And it was a nice change.  This is the first time I have completely devoted an entire week to care for others. For others who need assistance. And it was a nice change.  I was able to make the children who were about to undergo surgery relax and enjoy the various games of tic-tac-toe, painting, or beading.  And it was a nice change.  I especially enjoyed this trip because I was able to prioritize for the care of others, and I forgot about all my worries and desires.  My involvement with Operation Smile does not stop here, in fact I am certain this trip is only the start of it. If we work in tandem with Operation Smile, think of all the lives we’ll impact, of all the lives we’ll change. It sounds highly clichéd, I do understand that, but maybe this is the only time ever that clichés will ever sound promising. Operation Smile makes the children smile, makes me smile, and makes us all smile. That one smile on the fifteen-year-old girl’s face made all the difference.

As we were interacting with patients in this trip, I cannot disclose any pictures in order to uphold the patient confidentiality. However, there are pictures available in the Operation Smile blog under the chapter of our trip to Nan and the website is attached alongside. Here you can see a blog reflection I had written for our trip that is featured in the Operation Smile blog as well:

https://www.operationsmile.org/living_proof/from-the-field/missions/nan-thailand.html

 

 

 

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