Walking into junior year, especially junior seminar, I was intimidated. I knew that this year would be the year where I need to grab a hold of what I want to do with my life. The first unit allowed for me to reflect on who I am as a person. The “Who Am I?” project allowed me to pick a time in my life that showed who I was. While I was creating my poster and coming up with ideas, I had many instances of trial and error. I thought of many ideas on an event, but none had stuck out as a full representation until I thought of this past Wannigan Days with the Kelly family. I had many trial and error instances on my physical poster. I had so many pictures with certain Kelly kids, but none with all of them. I ended up using the picture with the most kids, but at one point I wanted to take all the different pictures to edit them together. To keel my poster as clean as I could, I only used one picture and made sure I included the fleur de lis somewhere in my poster (Technology Obj. #1). The hardest part of this entire project for me was the fact that I did much of this project on my own because I had my wisdom teeth taken out that week. This showed me that even if I do not know what I am doing, I can independently figure out the unknown.
The ACT Correlation project was one of my favorite statistics projects. I learned more about using Excel, making different displays, and thinking of what factors could have an impact on different scores. Within each scatterplot, I needed to interpret the correlation and why that particular correlation was that value. I have struggled with interpreting data in the past, but the more I thought through each question, the easier it was (Statistics Obj. #1 & #3). This project was not only a learning experience about how to compare two variables, but it showed me how I need to improve my learning. Comparing the different scores to one another, I saw where I personally will need to improve to reach my ACT goal.
After the first unit, I started to grasp the concept of Junior Seminar. I was able to see how all the different classes worked together and allowed us to make quality projects. In this unit, one of the main focuses was on the schools of psychology. Each school is aimed at a different psychological perspective. For my poster, I chose Behaviorism. I looked at many different views and spent lots of time on photoshop to put a quality poster together (Technology Obj. #2). All the different views blew my mind. They made me think in multiple ways about how the mind works and other influences. The main realization I had was that psychology blows my mind. Certain concepts are insane to think about, but after some thought, it all makes sense (Psychology Obj. #1).
Another assessment was the Music and Memory Lab. This lab had to deal with how many words my classmates and I recalled while listening to classical, alternative rock, and no music. My results were what I had expected them to be because when I study, I almost always listen to music to help me block out what is happening around me. The data showed that no music allowed for the rest of my classmates to recall more words on average. This lab allowed for us to test how our memory worked with certain distractions for ourselves, and as an entire class (Psychology Obj. #2).
This year has been the first year where we have been split up in our English class. I have been known to second guess myself constantly while completing an assignment or piecing together a paper. I have improved substantially throughout the years but being placed in AP Language was a whole new environment. Our first true paper consisted of an analysis about Florence Kelly. I set high expectations for myself to write a will written analysis that was to AP standards. With many instances if rereading and revising, I met my goal with room to still improve. I used many pieces of evidence from the text to back up my claims to make them as clear as possible. My Florence Kelly analysis turned out as expected, but I still have improvements to make to be fully prepared for college and possible the AP exam this spring. (English Obj. #3)
Unit 3 meant the iconic brain videos were coming up soon. I had seen videos of past students, but I never knew how I would pull one off myself. I ended up being in a group with Maddy and Jenna. We worked very well with each other to make a quality video called "The Accident". We used many different Habits of Mind without knowing because that is what type of people we are (Career & Life Skills Obj. 1).
For the brain science portion of the video, incorporating the different parts was one of our top priorities. Initially, I had a hard time remembering each of the structures, but after integrating and thinking about each, I could remember almost all of them with ease (Psychology Obj. Unit 3). While the brain science was our top priority, the plot revolved completely around the brain. Our plot allowed the audience to see a story and learn about all the parts of the brain we learned about (English Obj. #2).
My number-crunching self loved doing the Data Displays and Measures of Center stats project. I was able to calculate and look at results in various ways using different displays and measures of center. There were many instances where I would second guess my reasoning of a certain value, but this allowed me to think of many interpretations I would have never thought of otherwise (Statistics Obj. #2).
During unit 4, psychology was focused on how we percieve objects. Part of Gestalt’s principles of perception is the figure-ground concept. It states that we perceive objects as if they existed on a background. In this image of a tree, the background also makes the image of a gorilla and lion looking at each other. Depending on how a person looks at the image, they can see the animals or the tree at first glance. It all deals about how we perceive the image presented (Psychology Obj. Unit 4)
One of the other main Junior Seminar project is our web page. I never thought I would be able to successfully use coding to make my own webpage. I initially was skeptical, but I was eventually coding with ease. The first priority was making the bio-page . I gave a brief introduction of myself and used corresponding images (Career & Life Skills Obj. #2 and 3). After making the bio-page, the rest of the webpage was made and perfected to my liking. The process was long and sometimes confusing, but in the end, everything came together to make a quality webpage (Technology Obj. #3-5).
Being a person why rarely remembers their dreams, I was very interested in learning about them and when they occur. The dream analysis was a concern of mine do to my lack of remembering, but I happened to recall a dream two nights before the assignment was due. I was able to use the different dream theories to look at my dreams in different ways to find meaning. I thought of many different aspects of what my dream was trying to tell me which allowed me to look at what my brain was trying to tell me in that particular dream. (Psychology Obj. Unit 5)
One of the other major assessments of this unit was the Juxtaposition. I wrote mine about Camp Randall Stadium and how different my goals are now than when I was younger. This story was one of my favorites to write because one of my future goals is to become a Badger. I set high expectations for myself to write the best I could. While writing, I reread my composition constantly to find the ideal wording and for a vivid juxtaposition (English Obj. #1). When I came to a place where I debated using a certain phrase, I would lean to my peers for opinions and suggestions. Their suggestions allowed me to view my writing differently to find better ways for me to improve (English Obj. #4.). After the writing was finished, I started piecing my eBook together. I found many images my mom had taken at Camp Randall Stadium from our many trips. I carefully placed each image to fit the text and theme of my desire to be a Badger that I represented in the writing of my eBook (English Obj. #5).