Camp Reflection

CAMP! what can I really say? This was one heck of a ride.

A lot happened over camp, so much, that I could probably write a novel, but this will have to do.

Day 1:

The day started off with an excessive amount of time spent in vehicles travelling to the destination. Once we finally got there, it turned out that our bags were stuck, so we spent another 20 minutes fixing that up, so by the time we finally got hiking, it was already around 4:00pm. The hike itself wasn’t all that bad, until we hit the leeches. Oh how people whined. I’d worn jeans, which before that moment I had regretted, but then I saw it’s advantages. By the time we finally got to our camp and set up tent, it was around 6 or 7 o’clock. Right after my group had finished dinner, Scott came over to us and asked which one of us was the most hardcore. Being the confident person I am, I naturally said me. He then dared me to sleep in this pile of twigs (some would call it a hut/shack, but it didn’t even protect me from the rain). I of course said yes and as it turned out, was the right idea. Alex, Lachy and Harry ended up fighting what they described as a dragon and a lot of the other groups had leeches in their tents, while I, who had decided to sleep practically outside, didn’t face a thing, except one mosquito.

Day 2:

Once everyone had gotten up and packed up their tents, we got going again to the next destination. This hike was “interesting” for several reasons. The first was, after I had slept outside I got crowned “the most hardcore” and Alex felt like he wasn’t being hardcore enough, so we both ended up trying to be as “hardcore” as possible. Some of the things we did may have been considered stupid, but in our opinion, unless it has a negative outcome, it is hardcore. The second was more leeches. In the end we made pretty good time and we all got there in one piece. After we spent some time discussing why we were there and having lunch, off we went to where we would be setting up camp. After finally getting there, we met Zoey, who hadn’t been there for the hikes because of injury. Once we’d set up our camps, all the other walking groups starting appearing, setting their tents up. We then went to what I would consider to be the highlight of the camp, caving. This was loads of fun, even if I did scrape my shoulder a couple times. We ended up seeing glow-worms and Scott even called me a bit like Chuck Norris, which in my opinion is one of the best compliments you could really give to someone.

 

After getting covered in mud, we had a while to just chill with the other groups, which is exactly what we did. Then came the best part, the food! We finally got a hot meal. It was a god-send. After experiencing heaven, we socialized some more and that was the whole day.

Day 3:

The last and final day. Not much happened. We spent a lot of time on the bus, tested water, did a final wrap up, got lunch and went home. It was a fun experience all-in-all and I think I came back with a better understanding of nature and of the other students.

 

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Week 4 Reflection

Week 4 was quite an eye-opening week for me.

The highlights would have had to of been going to court. Even though going to court doesn’t sound the very “positive”, it was more of an eye-opener. We got to see what real cases were like. My group went into only two cases, but it was still enough to understand somethings, for example I thought the judges wouldn’t be as sympathetic or as down to earth as they were, but that is probably just a misconception from tv shows and movies.

I also went to Old Melbourne Gaol, which brought up a lot of ethical dilemmas, which made me think that justice is very strongly tied to ethics. We also spoke to a jail guard and we found out, that the goal of jails haven’t changed at all, just the way they go about it.

The lowlight of the week would probably have also been going to court, because it didn’t feel very appropriate going into people’s cases, which must to have been quite personal for them. I’m not quite sure how I would feel if a group of teenagers just walked into my case, I’d probably feel like I’m some kind of public amusement.

Critical Question: Ethics

“Our lives today demand that we face and respond to ethical dilemmas.” Do you agree or disagree?

Personally, I’d say I disagree, but that is very dependent on what you consider an ethical dilemma.

Some people would beg to differ that we face ethical dilemmas everyday, but that is a point of view, for a lot of people, they feel they have to deal with the dilemmas like  “should we help the homeless” or “Am I doing enough for the homeless”. With that example, some would say that they do and that they try to help the homeless by giving them money or something along those lines. While others would say it is up to the government to fix the problem of the homeless.

For those who said that that it is up to them to solve this problem, they should feel they face ethical dilemmas everyday, but for those who think it should all be solved by the government, they have it a lot easier. They feel they don’t need to worry about anything, that since they’ve pay their taxes, they’ve done their part for the community, but in my opinion that’s not true. There is always more you can do for the community than just pay your taxes, so rather than them not having to face the ethical dilemmas, they just ignore them, even though they’re still there.

But you do face harder ethical dilemmas occasionally, for example the one we faced in class, with the “10 suspects, 1 murderer”. It went something like this: They’re are ten suspects for a murder that was committed, but only one of them did it. The problem is, you can’t figure out who did it, so you’re faced with a choice: Jail them all or let them all walk. This is one of the harder than the ones you would see on a daily basis. This one for me, is the definition of a ethical dilemma, because it has no right answer, because to me, ethics is just another way of saying morals. So an ethical dilemma, is a dilemma with no morally right choice, while for example the homeless one has a morally correct choice.

Most people consider a problem where they just can’t be bothered, or where they have to put in an effort an ethical dilemma, but it’s not. What they are actually facing is the question of do I do what’s morally right, or do I do what’s easier? In my opinion that’s the real dilemma people face on a daily basis, not an ethical one.

Week 3 Reflection

Week 3, well this was a WHOLE lot of firsts.

We found out and went to our community services (mine was at North Melbourne P.S on Thursday), we did our first fully self-oriented trail (the Mini-Trail) and we went on a trail about the Homeless.

Personally, I was hoping I would get a position at the Op. Shop for some work experience and also I don’t really like working with kids who are younger than me by more than a year, but all in all it was pretty good. Alex and I (Alex is my partner for Com. Service) helped out the year 2’s with some gardening and oh God their Vegie Patch is huge. They have a Vegie Patch bigger than the loft! That wasn’t too bad except Alex and I had to pretend we knew perfectly well what we were doing when to be truthful we were mostly guessing and hoping it wouldn’t show.

The homeless trail wasn’t too interesting, but it was a bit eye opening. The most interesting part was seeing some of the spots where people “slept rough” first hand. One of the most interesting was one under a bridge where you had to swing your whole body around wall and hope not to fall into the Yarra.

Lastly the Mini-Trail. This was quite an experience and I can’t wait for the Options Trail. My group (Myself, Aidan, Imogen and Amy) are the Media & Journalism group. We did a couple surveys and managed to set up an interview with a reporter from the mX. We all now understand how hard it can be to survey people, I even had someone blatantly ignore, rather than lying and saying they don’t have the time. The interview was probably the most informative part and we got a lot of what we needed and we now know what we need for next time and we won’t just flail around for the first 15 minutes. But the best bit of that day was when I got a free hug and a Valentine’s Day card from a man at Flinders St Station. The card read: “I’m only in this for your cute butt. Obviously. Happy Valentine’s Day!”

Critical Question: Communities

‘A sense of connection is the most important aspect of a community.’ Agree or Disagree?

Well first and foremost, let’s cover what a community is and what a connection is.

So what is a community? according to the Oxford Dictionary, a community is “the people of a district or country considered collectively, especially in the context of social values and responsibilities”. So to put it in a more simple fashion, a group of people who live together in terms of responsibility and social ideas/values.

So if that’s what a community is, what is a connection, specifically a connection in a community? Well according to the reliable source, Oxford Dictionary (which added the words “twerk” and “selfie” to the dictionary), a connection is “people with whom one has social or professional contact or to whom one is related, especially those with influence and able to offer one help”. So to me that means a connection in a community is when you have a a social or professional contact with the people in your community. So what having a connection with your community means is that you are in contact in one way or another with the people in your community.

So if I had to pick a side, I think I would have to side with the “agree” side and that is for one simple reason, which is: what really is a community without a sense of connection? some people would say that utilities are more important to a community, but I don’t consider it a community if there is no sense of connection. We don’t consider animals who live together or near each other a community, for the simple reason that they don’t have a connection with one and other. So really, a community is nothing without a connection, the same way a person needs oxygen to live, a community needs people to have connections within it to thrive. If we didn’t have this connection, we would just be a lot of people living in the same general area, having nothing at all in common, so we might as well being living on completely different sides of Australia for all it matters.

So in the end in my opinion, a connection between people is essential within a community and there could be nothing more important.

Bibliography:

http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/connection

http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/community

Week 2 Reflection

Week two, well this was an experience if I’ve ever seen one!

I learnt quite a bit about Fitzroy and the community around it. It was the most fun I’ve had so far! We went around talking to members of the community (e.g Police Officer, John’s friend/ local Cafe Owner) and we got all sorts of views and opinions, but all mostly positive of course, because who doesn’t like they’re own community? There was only ONE negative part about the trail and that was when right at the end John shouted a drink for everyone and then it hit us that to pay for a drink for all 17 of us would be quite a expensive and we all felt guilty for ordering something.

The only other part of the week I remember was the Teamwork skill workshop, where we had to carry each other and the person being carried didn’t feel very safe to say the least. We also had  to build a tower out of newspapers which was unfairly won, because we weren’t allowed to tape our tower to the ceiling to keep it steady, but the winning group was allowed to tape it to the ground for exactly that.

All in all, it was a great experience and I’m looking forward to the surprises next week holds.

Week 1 Reflection

Sooo, our first week of Galileo. What can I say? It was an interesting experience to say the least.

We started off with  the three teachers, introducing themselves to us (Tamar, John and Jane). I was hoping we would jump straight into some work outside of school, but sadly, I was disappointed.

I was quite surprised how open the John, Tamar and Jane were with us about everything, being very straight-forward and telling us everything we needed to know. Homework was the next big surprise, because we wouldn’t be handing in any work really. We would either be doing field work for later presentation, or work on this blog. And here I was thinking this blog was going to be fun!

But the best part of the week by far was when we actually went out and on the Trail around the city. My group included myself, Jerry, Dihan and Mungo. Even though it wasn’t so great to have one of the worst trails which dragged us around the whole city (It wasn’t fun to have to work everywhere) and also not being able to find the Public Purse because it was described as purple.(in case you’re wondering, it’s more brown).

Overall the week was a good introduction and I’m excited for the rest of the term. 🙂