5 Senses Graph and Explanation


A graph plotting the level of intensity with the 5 senses while at Gymnastics Practice for an hour.


Taste [30%] : The only taste I actually get is the sweat coming down from my forehead. Occasionally, I will taste the chalk in the air from the different events.

Sight [90%] : Sight is intense because in order to master the skills we need to use our sight to see what needs to be achieved. The reason it’s at 90 is because when I thought of the practice, I do not watch myself perform but others instead and only sometimes are things “intense.” I see these tricks over and over again each day but it becomes intense if it has been achieved, it is new and is just being taught, or if someone falls and injures themselves which is not as often in our gym than in others.

Sound [80%] : The coaches are constantly yelling at the gymnasts while doing routines reminding them of the small things such as tucking heads in, pointing toes or “tapping” in order to get over the bar. The sound is normally not too intense because the reminders are coming from near the performer, although, the sound is loud which makes me think that it is intense.

Smell [70%] : Athletes are naturally smelly after and during work out. The smell of the gym is not very nice easy. It is a mixture of sweat and chalk. The intensity of the smell of the gym is high though the smell of the gymnast is not as high only because we wear deodorant. Also, it is not normal for you to be so close to another gymnast so it is not easy to smell the person next to you.

Touch [100%] : Gymnastics is all about touch. In the gym, every part of your body touches somewhere. No matter where you are, vault, bars, beam or floor you will feel different textures on your feet or your hand or wherever; it is at 100 percent because of that.




Look closer and you may find out things about me that you wouldn’t necessarily notice at first glance. 



Knowledge and the Search for Truth

Part A: My Friend Leonard 

a. My Friend Leonard, a book based upon the authors real life, has a collaboration of words that make the readers rethink our lives and our happiness. It is Frey’s attempt at putting all the millions of pieces back together from his first book, A Million Little Pieces. He gives himself a shot at having a normal, addiction free life that he cannot remember ever having in the past. He writes about the emotions we take for granted and the physical and mental pain that is inflicted with letting something with negative effects consume you.

b. Unlike his first book where he focuses on the destructive and conflicted life of an addict, he writes more about his feelings. Although the pain is still just as raw and stomach wrenching as in the first book, Frey writes in a way that makes us feel the way he feels throughout his highs and lows and you cannot help but cheer for every victory and weep at every heart breaking event that occurs. A heart breaking event that makes sorrow overcome your body is when James has to put his pit bull to sleep. The bond between him and his dog is so loving and strong that when you read the process your heart breaks a little.

“The vet tells me it will be painless, that I can be with him. We walk into an operating room Cassius jumps up on a steel table. The vet prepares the needle. I hold Cassius and I tell him over and over that I love him and that I’m sorry and I’ll miss him and he kisses me, kisses me, kisses me, he tries to make me feel better he has no idea. The vet inserts the needle, depresses the plunger. Cassius yelps like a little puppy, my big tough pitbull feels the sting, I hold him as his blood courses through his veins I hold him as he stumbles, as he falls, I hold him as he dies. I look into his eyes and I tell him I love him and I’ll miss him and I’m so so so sorry. He dies in my arms and I hold him and I cry, I cry, I cry.” (p. 315)

Frey writes quickly in his consciousness. He speaks fast and leaves no room for proper punctuation, quotation marks or any sign of true grammar. He gives us the story and doesn’t waste his time giving us the fluff we don’t need. It is the core of his life, with little descriptions of what he has viewed. His words and voice sound robotic, overplayed.

c. Frey has decided to use relatively simple language in this book which makes me wonder who is true audience is. He is still young, only 23, and I’d like to assume that not many kids have had addiction to alcohol or cocaine. It is unusual that he has used simple language when telling such a complex story. Frey has formed his words into a story that tells his life not a chronology of his life. He makes it a story by quickly expediting the events without hesitation. It is evident in his passage when he is given a job to complete.

“I take a car to St. Louis. I don’t know what’s in the car, if there’s anything in the car. Nobody tells me and I don’t ask. I drive three miles over the speed limit. I leave the car in a shopping mall parking lot.

I move briefcases from the north side of Chicago to the south side of Chicago. I move briefcases from the south side to the north side. I ride the El train back and forth. I buy a set of nice clothing khakis black leather shoes a white oxford a blue sport coat, so that I look like a young ambitious commuter, so that people think I’m a law student or an apprentice all of which, in a certain ridiculous way, I am.”

The construction of his sentence structures and the fast pace story line helps the time fly by and pushes the story forward.

d. James Frey wrote this book to exploit his life story to an audience. Although there is much controversy over which parts of this book are real verses made up, he wanted to tell an audience his life story in coping to his tattered past.  In his book, it allowed him to create and develop a tough-guy image of himself as  a “coping mechanism” to help him address alcohol and drug addiction in his past.

Part B: 

Being one who loves and admires books and looks to books for inspiration and knowledge, it is absurd to think about my foot touching nonetheless stepping on one. Ever since childhood I have adored books and the magic it holds for me. It does not only allow me to go into another world that I could never live in but it gives me a sense of imagination, passion, creativity; a feeling that only a book can provide. It allows me to connect with characters and create a bond with them so that I feel I can share my secrets with. Someone who has gone through the same thing as they give me advice and insight as to how to solve the problems I have in real life. Gutenberg Parenthesis makes many insightful points that relate to the sanctity of books, his points were not strong enough to change my views and perspectives.

I believe books can hold some sort of knowledge or truth but never knowledge or learning. Knowledge is defined as a noun with the definition of: “facts, information, and skills acquired by a person through experience oreducation; the theoretical or practical understanding of a subject.” Reading is a skill,  but can you gain experience from reading that? No. It is our own responsibility to learn skills or whatever we aspire to learn and you cannot just learn through reading. You can discuss the process and whatnot but you will not have truly “learned” the skill.

When discussing how I get my knowledge it all comes down to one thing. Personal experience. In academics and athletics, I am kinesthetic which means that I cannot master a skill or even attempt to learn it without trying it out first. It is difficult for someone who is kinesthetic to learn something by just seeing the skill being performed. I get my knowledge from my peers, strangers, family, friends, media, anything I can admire or get my hands on (if a skill is being performed).

Part D: 5 Stages of Knowledge/Wisdom – Mohamed Youssef

Stage 1: [Just an Introduction; Just Starting to Notice]

In 4th grade I had an interest in playing volleyball, I was inspired by the Varsity girls at my school and started to watch their games. Although they weren’t as developed as we are now, I was very interested and took time to watch the games at school and at the collegiate level.

Stage2: [Find out More, Learning]

I tried out for the team and worked hard everyday to improve and integrate what I learned at practice on the court at the next practice, continuously giving myself opportunities to grow.

Stage 3: [Reaching Knowledge : Foot One]

I had been working very hard and our team was successful at the CSAL level. It was very exciting to see how my hard work and dedication payed off!

Stage 4: [Reaching Knowledge : Foot Two]

I became a leader on the team and an important role to the teams success and I was starting to grasp the ideas, the plays, the ups and downs of the game. Not only was I learning, I was truly understanding the concept of everything I had learned prior and started to use it when it was playing time.

Stage 5: [Fully planted, Absorbed]

This year I played for Le Jardin’s Varsity team and I am very proud of how far I have come. I may not be an all high school varsity team member but I have improved greatly. I help with my club’s clinics and teach others the techniques I have learned and try to promote the game and pass on my meaning of the game to others. I have grown to have a love and passion for the game and I feel as if not only have I learned but I have knowledge on the game, how it’s played, and ultimately the reasons for people’s playing.

Part E: Types of Knowledge

Experiential Knowledge: Knowing through direct experience how to make a phone call.

Procedural Knowledge: Knowing how to drive from my house to school every morning.

Knowledge Claim: Knowing that love is not only an emotion but also a feeling.

From experience, I have learned that the easiest type of knowledge to retain is based on the person. I, personally learn best through a knowledge claim. It is easier to retain this because we are constantly being exposed to knew experiences each day and we can remember the feeling and the concept of what was exposed instead of needing to know how to do a skill.

F.  Theories of Learning: Constructivism /Pragmatism

The theory that best applies to our IB program is Constructivism, which is a style of learning that involves developing a unique world view based on all experiences acquired. It also emphasises independent and self-directed learning, which is also emphasised in the IB program because of our world views and our interconnecting classes. I find pragmatism the best way to learn because I learn by doing which is exactly what this theory exploits (the idea that doing will benefit the later act of learning).

H: Types of Memory:

Liar Liar Cheat Cheat Final Vlog

My personal thoughts on the topic of cheating from teachers and students as well as a reflection on related issues of why students and teachers cheat and how to fix the epidemic of cheating as a whole. Enjoy! (P.S: sorry I move around so much and sorry about my room eek, super messy!)

Belief vs. Knowledge

1. Do you think we should respect the beliefs of a racist or sexist person? Provide reasons. If possible, find a recent article or video that could be used to question this (for example, the July 2011 massacre by Norwegian “racist” Anders Breivik).

I do not believe we should necessarily believe all those with a bias towards a certain subject or belief but we all need to have the dignity to respect them. Not only would it be rude for us to disregard somebodies opinion it would put us into a spot with a huge disadvantage seeing that without someone to counter our beliefs we wouldn’t have such strong feelings for them. [i dont know, does that make sense?] 

2. Find some examples of beliefs (modern or throughout History) that you think are both misguided and dangerous.

Believing that Good and Truth are the same. Not all good things are true. (Santa Claus?) Not all true things are good. (Murderous dictators?)  Truth and Goodness are not the same thing – hardly even related. Truth simply is. Goodness is produced with intelligent effort. Another belief that is continuously misguided is that our emotions are more dependable than our thoughts. There is no question that an emotionless life would not be as sweet – nor as painful. Still, emotions are not dependable in ferreting out truth from folly.Feeling and thinking have different important purposes. 

This I Believe Essay Analysis

The essayist, a non-religous man, believes that Jesus Christ was a man who helps wherever and whenever he can, does not judge a human by superficial means, has confidence in himself and those around him, and is willing to sacrifice everything for people he doesn’t even know. This is an important concept that he grasped whilst reading the stories of Jesus and his sacrifices. Throughout his essay, he explains one day in New York City that changed his life forever. 

New York City is not the place of genuinely nice and caring people but instead those who look like their on edge, or either late to a meeting or just stuck up people in general but when the time came to produce his own miracle he took the chance and exploited it to the best of his abilities.  His main point I got from his This I Believe essay was that maybe if we tried to be a little bit more like Jesus, we would have a more peaceful and loving environment and people would get along better. While with his family when he was just a young boy he witnessed a man with a cold heart and a suit that covered his humanity walk past another man, with almost nothing, and call him useless. In horror, this young boy with much more dignity and humanity in his soul gave this man all the money he had (25 dollars) with the mindset of the dirty man as an equal not as an animal. This shows in all of Jesus’s stories as he is not always the strongest person in the scenario but he treats other better than he got treated or as an equal to him. This story is an amazing example of how Jesus’s characteristics of a loving and caring person is portrayed. 

I think the most interesting part of this whole story was that as just a young boy he realized that a suit doesn’t make you any more of a man, in fact sometimes it hides the characteristics that make you one; you become the person you promised you wouldn’t. This is shown in the 

“There was a man walking just in front of my family in a pinstriped suit with a leather briefcase and a walk that made you know he was someone – or that he thought he was. It seemed like he ruled the world.”

for such a young boy, his mind was mature and so was his heart. Still to this day do I move out of the way for those who have “higher status” or seem like they do. I still believe that someone with a briefcase is “important.” While all the stereotypes may be true, what I do know is that when I was this man’s age, I was greedy, selfish, and definitely not thinking about giving my only money to a complete stranger. Their belief was challenged only by that business man that was walking in front of him and his family and we can see through the other mans actions that it is obviously not the path of Jesus and definitely not the path to a better and more peaceful society. 

Read the full essay here: http://thisibelieve.org/essay/107231/


This I Believe

During the process of making my This I Believe project there were many bumps in the road. Not only did I have to figure out core values that I live by I had to think of ways that I could symbolize them. My core values and beliefs are engraved into my mind and my way of life which made it hard for me to pinpoint the exact wording of each of my beliefs. I have many beliefs many dealing with my point of view on religion and human rights and as much as I wanted to share them, I am very bias and try to persuade people to believe and worship the same God that I do which is not the point of the video but instead to give an overview. It was also hard for me to put together the video to make it look good. I did not want it to look amateur but not too professional, I used all material of mine and the song choice was also hard because there are so many songs that could describe me but this song just fit the video right which was a hard choice.