At the CAS session on the afternoon of Oct. 12th , the college advising department of SHBS organized a school-wide instructive activity focused on goal setting. Considering the fact that students’ academic tasks and goals vary from grade to grade, our college advising dept. had designed different activities for students from pre grade to grade 12. During the first half of the session, students from pre grade and grade 10 played 2 rounds of games about self-exploration; 11th graders gathered at the library to attend a lecture on college application given by Principal Chris; 12th graders were busy preparing for their college application. During the second half of the session, all students gathered in the auditorium, where Principal Chris further discussed with them about how to set practical goals.
第一间教室，老师们让同学们用 20 个诸如高大、漂亮、聪明、可爱、懒惰等形容词来描绘自我，并一一解释，为什么要用这个词来描绘自己。
Ms Chuman Lin distributed all students in the pre grade and grade 10 into 8 classrooms. In each room, one or two homeroom teachers hosted 2 rounds of interesting games on self-exploration. Next, let’s take a look at what specific games they played in each room.In room 1, students were required to describe themselves with 20 adjectives such as tall, pretty, smart, cute, lazy etc., and explain one by one why they used such a word to describe themselves.In room 2, students were asked to choose an animal or plant to represent themselves and explain why.In room 3, students were supposed to write down at least 3 strengths and specialties about themselves.In room 4, students were asked to brainstorm their life in ten years’ time.In room 5, students were required to describe their ideal high school life in all aspects - academics, extracurricular activities, interpersonal relationship and etc.
Though different games were played in different rooms, they shared the same purpose: to trigger students’ reflection on themselves through self-exploration games. Since self-understanding is really a difficult process, we often need to ask ourselves “who am I?” Through reflection and communication with others, students will be able to recognize their strengths and weaknesses, and at the same time learn to foster strengths and circumvent weaknesses. We could conclude from the heated discussion and sharing in these rooms that they did some further thinking in an attempt to understand themselves.
In the library located at the other end of the campus, 11th graders gathered to attend a lecture on college application given by Principal Chris. For 11th graders, they are currently experiencing the most important stage for college application. Firstly, Principal Chris began his lecture with how to make a plan for each semester and how to ensure that students get a stable GPA because GPA is by far the most important record to be examined at first sight by those admission officers from universities and colleges.
Secondly, Principal Chris encouraged students to raise questions about college application so that teachers could better answer specific questions and applicants wouldn’t feel at a loss any more.
Furthermore, Principal Chris suggested the students imagine their college life in 2 years’ time, making those 11th graders look forward to their future.
Finally, in order to help them realize their dreams, Principal Chris had them draw up detailed timelines, which turned their originally illusory dreams into several reachable goals, making the students feel as if they had seen a lighthouse in the darkness.
During the second half of the session, Principal Chris spoke to all the students in the auditorium, making them feel as if they had seen a lighthouse in the darkness. He said that everyone is different, and some students are well suited for universities with more students, while others prefer colleges of arts and sciences with fewer students; some are talented for sports, while others are for arts; some prefer to live in modern cities, while others like quiet and plain countryside better. Never wake up in 20 years in your bed and open your eyes only to find that you attended a university, chose a major, worked a company, and were married to someone, all on your parents’ will.There are no two identical snowflakes in the world, nor are there two identical people. We need to find out how we differ from others, and need to give full play to our strengths, and try to be the unique ourselves. We should be responsible for each decision we make because it is closely related to our future. Such little decision as whether to play a game or a sport, which schoolmate to sit with at lunchtime etc. are just like fork paths leading us to different directions of our life. We should also learn to get along with boredom, and be aware of the present because only if we learn to get along with the present will we be able to plan for our future.
As a result of this enriching CAS activity, students have better understanding on how to set goals and how to plan for their future high school years, and they have realized that they should better plan for their high school years by seeking motivation and setting goals. No matter when they are playing games on self-exploration, or attending the lecture on college application or sharing their goals with others, they come to realize that life is a process in which people should keep looking for, recognizing and improving themselves. For high school students like us, if we want to live a life that we like, we should be responsible for each decision we make, and take every good step in that direction. Meanwhile, we should also explore ourselves to find our own characteristics, talents and even unknown potential and improve ourselves by actively participating in various activities and getting along with others and ourselves.