The 2018-2019 school was a great journey to be part of the statistic math class. This is obviously a college-level source that I took. It was a great experience to learn the course because unlike other math subjects, the statistic is more advanced in terms of data analyzing and reading comprehension. The statistic course had changed my way of thinking to be more aware when interpreting data from the outside sources. Stats are very powerful and it is a key technique to convince people to believe in you. We’ve been using the AP stats book and as well KhanAcadmey as a resource to practice and drill down each unit. The bellow attachments are the main unit that I had completed in KhanAcademy.
In the last round of the literacy class, it was a very unique style of learning literacy skills. Our facilitator wants to try out this new way of learning because she believes that whatever project we do in Liger is very connected to the literacy skills. In our round-five class, we were required to be self-awareness to plan our own task every single day. It was I cool experience to be part of the class because these skills are very crucial to our life in the future work. I love this style of learning because it enhances the students to be more independent and prioritize what they want to work on. As a result, I was able to get more stuff done and I hope to continue this unique way of learning literacy.
On Friday, May 24, 2019, Liger Leadership Academy had hosted the Khmer Literature and Culture Festival for a day long to share what we had learned and inspired others to preserve Khmer cultures and language. My main role was to invite the speakers to address on three topics such as “Raising Awareness about Cambodian Culture, Khmer Literature Condition in Modern Days, and How to Write Khmer Poem and Short Story?” My opinion after the day was that the speaker session ran very smoothly. As the host of the private session, I noticed that close to one-hundred students showed up in the panel discussion. I was very proud to be part of the event and able to link the speaker to share their experiences and knowledge with the other students.
My role in the Khmer Literature and Culture Festival was to organize the speaker sessions. In order to accomplish that, I needed to invite the speakers from outside of Liger to discuss and address the topics. Unlike a normal invitation letter, I was required to write a formal one to the speakers to show respect and follow our culture. The attachment below was one of my invitation letter samples.
In our chemistry class, I had a project to design my own question and research project on smog. So after I did a small research, I want to do something about the impact of smog on human health so I decided to do further research about the effect on human brain development. I found some interesting study that has been done in the west. One of the studies concluded that there was a correlation of exposing to a high fine particle could decline a person cognitive performance.
In my literacy class, I was assigned to read a book called “The Rent Collector”. The book was very inspiring, it is a true story about a family who lives in the landfill and fights against the obstacles every single time to survive. Their main source of income was from collecting trash but with an opportunity to access to literature, it had changed their life forever. This made me realized that literature is everywhere, with enough determination and persistence the impossible will be possible.
An inspiring art piece of how I felt after reading “The Rent Collection.”
On Thursday, March 21 it was the World Poetry Day, so my literacy essential class I was performing a short poem to my classmates. I was so proud to be a part of the day and most importantly, it had opened me to a window to express my feeling and reflect myself through the writing about myself in this school year. I think this was one of my favorite poems so far that I wrote and it was inspired by my action this year to get out and engage more with my world.
Let Fight to Shine Your Light
by Mengthong Long
This is your world, it belongs to you,
To you, to you, and to you all.
You own it! You were born with it! You commit to it!
This place is the reason why you are here.
So why not, taking responsibility to engage with your world.
Be yourself, believe in yourself, and go with your mind.
Let shine your light out there, show your truthfulness of who you are,
Show of what you capable of.
Let’s go out there to explore your own world.
No pain, no gain
No failures, no success
Actually, there is no such thing as failures
Because true failures is a lesson.
Dip Dip Boom Boom, the heart is beating, the sound of anxious.
We all have fear, we all used to undergo an uncomfortable situation.
But remember this:
Don’t let it build a cage around you.
Don’t let it hold your back
If you stuck, if I stuck and if we all stuck, we all are not growing.
We’re being locked in this boundary, in the darkness full of fear and doubt.
Fear is the mirror to reflect failure.
So let stop the FEAR to define you.
Let break the boundary; Let shine the life that you want to be.
Let shine your light!
Let shine your light!
Let shine your light!
If not here, where? If not now, when? If not you, who?
Have a taste of the flavor now or never.
Bravery is the only key to success!
So let shine your light right now!
Show this world of who you are.
Note: So please repeat these phrases after me.
I’m not scared!
I’m not scared!
We all not scared!
I can do it, we all can do it.
I’m gonna shine my light!
I’m gonna do whatever it takes to be fearless and to be who I am.
My graduation date will be on June 2020, so college isn’t that far from me where I am now. In the literacy class, we had learned about writing a formal email, create our own resume, and doing a college interview. We had written a formal email to a fake company that our teacher made it up, my email was about asking for the internship opportunity in the company. I had a chance to read my classmates writing to learn and giving feedbacks. We moved on to another subject which was writing our own resume and doing a college interview. It was my first resume writing, I got to learn about the structure while also show cast my projects in the writing so that it stands out from others. Lastly, I had a college interview simulation with one of the volunteers here, at Liger. The interview was formal, I needed to dress up nicely and be prepared for the questions from the administration. After experienced all of this, I felt more confident to reach out to people but as well believe in myself to persuade and sale myself during the interview.
This school year, it was my first class for introductory statistics which sound really complicated to me, as a student who has no idea about this college-level subject. A statistic is nothing connected to algebra, it’s another level of math which requires dot-connecting, analyzing, and comprehension skill to understand and extract the knowledge of new concepts from the statistic books. The correlation coefficient (R) is one of the hardest and exiting unit so far from the past two months of learning in this course. We learned to look at different scatterplots data and a linear regression line to understand how does the explanatory and response variables correlate with each other. Using the correlation formula to calculate the R-value is impossible and it kind of wasting our time. So calculator features come to be really handy to run the the two-variable stats, graph the scatter plot and calculate the linear regression line’s equation. Our group had sent out a survey to ask the students and facilitators for a data sample that we could use to find different the correlation between the two variables. I was involved in finding the correlation between the number of siblings versus the number of friends on Facebook. I really enjoyed learning about the statistic since it isn’t just about a number but it taught me to be a better person to be able to analyze data and make a good usage out from the skill.
Over the past few weeks in the chemistry course, I had continued and built up my knowledge on this subject area. We had been learning about bonding, Lewis structures, VSEPR, balancing the equation and calculate the limiting reactant. There were so many new concepts that I sometimes found it hard to catch up with the class, however, with a lot of practices on a worksheet on the unit and doing a few labs those new concepts had become easy to understand. For instance, I did a lot of determining the bonding by doing two different experiments. The first one was Solubility in water where we placed different substances into the water and base on the reaction and the bonding characteristics we could determine the substances bond. The second lab was melting the same substances on fire and also determine its bonding. In addition, we recently had another lab where we made out own s’more and we used the concept in the lab to understand and practice the concepts of balancing the equation and determine the limiting and excess reactants in our lab. I these mini-labs because I enjoy learning and visualize the new concept I had learned in the course of chemistry.