In-Depth blogpost #3

My third In-Depth meeting turned out to be very successful! Before Rory and I started practicing my twisting, we discussed the specifics. Every meeting would take place at Leapfrog, the gym where he and I both coach. I made sure to tell him beforehand, and during the meeting how many meetings there needs to be in total, and how many more we have left. Each meeting will last about 45 minutes to an hour. We will be communicating online (text message), and additionally, in person, when we see each other at work.  

This meeting, I showed Rory where my progress was at. On the tumble track at Leapfrog, I did my round-off layout to the best of my ability. Once I had done it about five times, Rory started to give me pointers. He told me it is “important to keep [my] chin tucked in […] reaching for my chest” on my take-off. When doing my layouts, I was landing on the mat about a meter and a half away from the edge of the tumble track. Rory explained to me that it is crucial to not go long but go for height instead. If I am landing far, it means that I am not staying as tight as I could have, and I’m throwing my head back. I then did my layout three more times with Rory spotting me. All he did was help me in gaining height, not distance, during my take-off from the tumble track. His minor assistance allowed my whole layout to look, and feel, so much better; I landed less than a meter away from the edge of the track!  

After about 20 minutes, we moved onto to my half twists. I focused on keeping my core tight, and “leading with my feet.” The technique used for a layout and a half twist are relatively similar. For both of them, it is important to keep your body in a hollow ‘banana’ shape, without your head being flung back.  

Half Twist 

What went particularly well during your mentoring sessions? 

What went particularly well was the amount of progress we got done within an hour. We were able to discuss our schedules, times and dates available, what goals I have for myself moving forward, and how I feel I am progressing. We also had perfected my layout as best as we could before moving onto twisting where I was able to get a three-quarter rotation. This made me really happy. 

What learning challenges emerged? 

A learning challenge that emerged was the difference in teaching between my tumbling coach, Roop, and my mentor, Rory. Roop is a cheer and tumbling coach, whereas Rory is a gymnastics coach. Cheer tumbling and gymnastics tumbling are quite similar but are slightly different in terms of technique. I go to tumbling class with Roop twice a week, and for the past two months, he has been helping me with my twisting. Roop taught me to drop my right arm by my side and tuck my chin in to the right and downwards since I twist to the right. During my mentor meeting, Rory told me to twist, dropping my left arm instead. Both techniques worked well for me, but it may confuse my body in the future since I have been practicing both ways, which increases risk of injury also.  

Were you communicating effectively with one another? 

I believe that Rory and I were communicating effectively with each other throughout the entire meeting. Once I did another layout, for example, I would tell him how it felt for me. I would tell him if I felt as though I flung my head back, or opened up too early in the air, then he would tell me what he noticed and what he thinks that I need to focus on. We also communicated with each other when we would meet next, and what days of the week work best for both of us. 

Overall, I had a very successful mentor meeting where I made a lot of progress!

In-Depth Blogpost #2

I have made great progress at tumbling class and with my mentor so far! After I got back from winter break, I explained my In-Depth project to my tumbling coach so we could work on my twisting and drills throughout my classes. For the past month or so, I have mastered approximately four drills. These include a drill where I am standing on a big mat, I do a back handspring, and instead of landing on my feet, I land on my stomach. Throughout the flip, when I feel less weight on my hands, I drop my right arm against my side, and tuck my chin in to the right. This movement rotates me to land on my side/back, depending how effectively I do it. Another drill I have been practicing is where I lay on a box about a meter high, with a mat on the ground. I start in a hollow body position with my arms up, and I rotate my hips and roll onto the mat, landing on my right side. Drills such as these strengthen my core and familiarize me with the feeling of rotating my body mid-air.   Additionally, I have been consistently practicing to perfect my form in my newly achieved half twist off the tumbling track.

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HALF TWIST: position mid-air
Position in air 2
HALF TWIST: three quarters through skill

During my first meeting with my
mentor, Rory, I learned a lot about his experiences involving gymnastics throughout his lifetime. At age four, Rory began gymnastics classes and continued to train until he was eighteen years old, increasing his hours until he was training over 17 hours a week. At this time, he was a National Level Competitive gymnast. At thirteen years old, my mentor started to train young children gymnastics, as he thought he was good with interacting with kids. He absolutely loved gymnastics but at “a certain point [he] decided [if he was] to push to the top or not;” after consideration he decided to retire as a national gymnast and start to coach instead. As a young adult, my mentor and his wife, Sara, owned a gym called Kerrigan (named after his surname), where I trained for about four years. Recently, Rory and his wife opened a gym called Leapfrog Gymnastics specifically for kids about 1-10 years old. His love for gymnastics has stayed strong throughout his lifetime and continues to enjoy training kids as his job.

Rory also has given me valuable insights on how to have proper form when twisting. He emphasized his point on taking consistent videos of my layouts and half twists to ensure my form is ready to try a full twist. This way I can look back on the videos and analyze my body position through the air. Rory also explained to me that it is crucial that before I even start attempting to twist, I have a consistent hollow body position in my layout.  Once opened or arched, I will lose control of my body when flipping.

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Arched body position, chin not tucked

It is important to keep my chin tucked in too, since this will help prevent me from arching my back and losing my hollow body shape. Rory also explained that leading with my feet is something to think about when practicing my twisting.

Throughout the past month, I have mastered my layout position and started practicing to get my half twist consistently off the tumbling track. Overall, I am happy with progress I have made with my mentor, and with my tumbling coach, and can’t wait to continue to master my skills!


In-Depth Blogpost #1

This year for In-Depth, my goal is to get my full twist off the tumbling track! I will start with practicing drills, layouts, half twisting, then attempting my full twist. At my last shift at work, during my break, I used their tumbling track to practice flipping. Perfecting my layout’s form is one of the first goals I would like to achieve. I will also be using the tumbling track at the gym I train at, to practice my skills. I am working on getting a mentor; I have talked to my tumbling coach, and he said that we can work on twisting during the days he coaches me (Tuesday’s and Thursday’s). Though, I am planning on asking either one of my bosses, or my co-worker, Gabby from work, to be my mentor since all three of them have quite a lot of gymnastics experience. I was going to talk with them on Saturday, but our shifts were at different times, unfortunately. I will start practicing my twisting drills and perfecting my layouts by next week during tumbling class, and will hopefully have achieved getting a full twist by May 25th for In-Depth night. This has always been a big goal for me as a tumbler, and I believe that I am now physically and mentally capable to pursue it. I am very much looking forward to doing what I love most for a school project, and I can’t wait to fully begin!



CLE Thematic Statements

  1. General Skills learned in university stick with you throughout your lifetime and being able to apply them to larger, out of context situations is a very useful skill to acquire.
  2. It’s crucial to know, understand and accept your limits; recognizing how far you can go, and how much (work) you can achieve before you’re too overwhelmed is very important to do in university, as the workload will be heavy.
  3. Differentiating the two branches of psychology and recognizing which you’re most interested in studying and focusing on.

Isadora Duncan Introductory Blogpost

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“You were once wild here. Don’t let them tame you.”

Isadora Duncan was a revolutionary French and American dancer who affected many individuals throughout the late 19th century and early 20th century. I am drawn to research more about her for I find it fascinating how she strayed away from the societal standards of her generation when it came to how females were expected to act, dress, and express themselves. Isadora Duncan is known as the “Mother of Modern Dance,” as she sparked the start of an amazing and elaborate genre of dance. 

Both Isadora Duncan and I love to express ourselves through dancing. I have never preferred dances such as ballet, where there is a lot of rule following and structure to the classes and techniques. Whereas dance genres such as hip hop, modern and jazz are freer, in terms of style and your interpretation of the movements. I love to express myself while dancing in these styles. Isadora Duncan also preferred modern dance opposed ballet. Isadora believed dance should be viewed as an art, not simply entertainment for others. Ballet to her was “ugly and against nature,” which I believe is a little extreme, though I understand her reasons for preferring freer dance styles.

Isadora Duncan was an independent, determined, and creative individual who I aspire to be like. Throughout her lifetime, she vowed herself to never marry, so she would not have to tend to a man. Though, she did have her first child, Deirdre out of wedlock. I am relatively sure I’d like to marry, though I don’t want my life to revolve around my marriage. Isadora showed great determination throughout her lifetime. At first, it was difficult for her to get shows booked, as her style of dance was unique and different compared to other dancers at the time. Though, she never gave up, and was finally able to grow her popularity.  

Isadora Duncan had a very broad outlook on life. Instead of focusing on the little things, she decided that in her life the big picture is most important.Image result for isadora duncan feminism Isadora also appreciated people who had the same views as her, as she found broader outlooks on life are best for people to have. Though she lived for majority in the late 1800’s, Isadora Duncan did not accept social biases of people. From this, I can infer that Isadora was very ahead of her time and a proactive individual. In TALONS I believe that having a broader outlook on situations will help me greatly. Instead of my focusing on a bad grade I may receive on one quiz, I will step back and take a look at the big picture. Did I try my best? Will this quiz affect me in the long run? Most likely I would have tried my best, and the quiz won’t affect my grade for the future. By doing this, my stress will decrease, and my happiness will have increased. 

Both Isadora and I are females. Because she was living in the 1800s and 1900’s, she faced quite a lot of gender discrimination. Since Isadora was an independent and unique dancer, she surprised and offended certain people of her generation. Women were not expected to act as freely as she chose to. Though, what’s different for me is that I am a living as a female in the 21st century where I will still face discrimination because of my gender, but not nearly as much as Isadora faced. Since Isadora was quite poor growing up, and I am privileged to be living in a stable, wealthier environment, I will make sure to address these topics in a respectful and appropriate manner if I decide to talk about her childhood in my speech.

Not only did Isadora Duncan spark the revolution of modern dancing, but she helped give Image result for isadora duncanwomen more freedom to express themselves in non-conventional ways. Isadora Duncan brought “a vocabulary of basic movements to heroic and expressive standards.” In her performances, she wore loose, flowy dresses, that almost resembled tunics. During her time, corsets, high collars, and heavy skirts were expected to be worn by women during dance performances. Her arms and legs were bare, which some found appalling, and others began to grow appreciation for. Isadora believed women should be allowed to express themselves in the manner they choose; she was an anarchic socialist who had the belief that emphasizing community and individual’s thoughts were a crucial part of living. Her controversial ideas stood out to her community, then grew more significant to people across the country, then the world. Isadora Duncan sparked the beginning of a new and unique dance style, extremely well known today.  

Isadora was a toddler when her parents split up, and she lived full time with her mother. Unfortunately, her mother’s income was small, for she was a piano teacher. Isadora grew up loving the arts, and so did her family. She loved dance so much, that at age 10, she dropped out of school, as it ‘wasn’t for her.’

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Isadora, Deirdre, and Patrick

As Isadora got older, it was a challenge for her to keep persevering and show GRIT when she received a lot of criticism on her beliefs and dance style. Though, the criticism eventually passed, and the fame arose.
Later, in 1913, two of Isadora’s children named Deirdre and Patrick, along with their Nanny, drowned in a river when the brakes on their car would not work. Isadora took their deaths very hard, and as you would expect was devastated. Her two dances ‘Mother’ and ‘Marche
Funebre were inspired by the heartbreak and loss she felt at after losing her children. 

Isadora Duncan grew up knowing she wanted to dance, but little did she know that she’s now considered one of the most influential and impactful dancers of all time. 

For my next steps in my research, I am going to delve deeper to grasp a better understanding of Isadora Duncan’s life story, wants, fears, and achievements.

Thank you.


Michelangelo Introductory Blogpost

“The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it.”


Michelangelo was an accomplished and driven artist who shaped our art world into what it is today. The artist was born in Florence, Italy and lived there until he passed away at age 88 on February 18, 1564 in his hometown.

I am drawn to learning more about Michelangelo because he changed the world of the arts immensely. I believe that artists don’t get enough recognition for their work especially in schoolwork and assignments. Being an artist does not just require simply having artistic talent, but it requires innovation, patience, creativity, ambition and many more valuable attributes.

As a learner, I share in common having supportive parents with Michelangelo. From a young age, Michelangelo knew that he wanted to keep pursuing the arts; sculpting, drawing, painting and poetry. When Michelangelo was quite young, his mother had died, and his father did not believe he should pursue art because it was below their family’s social status. Fortunately, by age 13, Michelangelo’s father realized how much talent and potential his son had in him and arranged for Michelangelo to be apprenticed by Domenico Ghirlandaio, the leading fresco painter in Florence at the time. Both my mom and dad have always urged me to follow whatever passions and interests I felt I enjoyed pursuing the best. They do not limit me to jobs which simply pay well or the job that both my mom and grandmother have always had. Both Michelangelo and I also enjoy more of the creative side of school such as the humanity classes, rather than the technical, analytical side of school.

Michelangelo and I both get carried away with our new ideas and passions. Michelangelo was an extremely focused and persistent person who would not get distracted easily

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David; one of Michelangelo’s most famous sculptures


if he found something he loved to work on. Because of his pure ambition, “he would often forget to take his boots off […] for weeks at a time.” Michelangelo worked hard every single day to pursue his passions in art. This is just like tumbling and me. Especially during the past two summers, every single day I would go into my backyard and practice my tumbling skills for hours. Just as Michelangelo would forget to take off his boots, I would forget to eat lunch or dinner without even noticing my hunger since I was so busy perfecting and learning my tumbling skills. This can be a positive or a negative trait depending on how you look at it; we both are great at focusing on something we love, but it can also make us oblivious to other important tasks we should be focusing on also.

In TALONS, one of my biggest goals now is to work on procrastinating my assignments less.  Michelangelo did not procrastinate one bit. Every day he would work on perfecting his skills and I admire him for that. Not only would he practice his skills on his own time, but the jobs of making sculptures and paintings for people were not procrastinated on either. He put in his all into every single piece he did. This is how he became the accomplished and talent filled person he was throughout his lifetime. Some may interpret his dedication as an addiction, but to an extent, I believe that it is a great attribute in a person.

Michelangelo has contributed to the art field in a positive way by creating meaningful and memorable pieces of art, influencing others, and starting the movement of mannerisms. His most famous piece of art is the work he did on the celling of the Sistine

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The Creation of Adam; Sistine Chapel

chapel, a Chapel located in Vatican City state. This is one of the most impactful and famous artworks done of all time; the ceiling depicts key scenes from the book of Genesis. Michelangelo also influenced a ton of different artists throughout his lifetime and introduced a style of art to the world called Mannerism. Mannerism is a certain style of European art that Michelangelo sparked the use of, along with other artists such as Leonardo da Vinci.

Michelangelo’s approach to aesthetic, techniques and his own beliefs were implemented into a number of his artworks and were frequently the complete opposite of Leonardo Davinci’s; this was very surprising to most people since Leonardo da Vinci was a world class intellect and an exceedingly influential and famous artist. Though, both artists were very significant in Florence in the 1500’s.

Michelangelo has had to persevere through a variety of situations and hardships to become the person he was. At age six, his mother passed away, which negatively affected him and his family greatly as he grew up. He lived with his father. Michelangelo knew from a young age that he loved the arts, but his father thought that artists were below their social status and urged Michelangelo not to pursue it. Michelangelo didn’t listen to his father and kept practicing what he loved daily. Thankfully, his father realized his son’s potential and apprenticed him with a respected artist in their city named Ghirlandaio. 

For my next step in my research, I am going to find books about Michelangelo, and grasp a deeper understanding of who Michelangelo was, and what his values and beliefs were.

Michelangelo died an accomplished, respected, and talented individual who impacted not only artists, but society greatly. 

Career Ed. 10 Table


Psychologist Lawyer Architect
  Education Once getting bachelor’s degree in psychology, you attend graduate school and obtain a master’s degree and/or doctoral degree After high school, 4 years of undergraduate study, then 3 years of law school is required at minimum. Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch.) program, takes five years to get.

“Pre-professional bachelor’s degree programs in architectural studies or construction management” will take 4 years to finish (

  Salary $97,451: yearly average salary of a Canadian psychologist $115,621: Annual provincial median salary



The Annual provincial median salary

Is $63,003


  Tasks Their job involves talking to people and fostering positive mental health and personal growth; help people manage illnesses, disorders, and provide therapy.

“examine and assess behavior, diagnose behavioral emotional and cognitive disorders, counsel clients and provide therapy” -Workplace BC

Lawyer’s tell clients about their legal rights and “all matters related to law”-WorkBC. They also will argue clients’ cases. Lawyer’s

draft legal documents, for example, “real estate transactions, wills, divorces and contracts and prepare statements of legal opinions”-WorkBC

Typically, in an office, though you can be on the construction site.

Architects consult with clients in order to determine the style and purpose of constructing/renovating properties

oversee the preparation of drawings for use by contractors and tradespersons


  Skills The most important skills helpful to becoming a psychologist include Active listening, reading comprehension, Critical thinking, Problem solving, Judgment and decision-making Skills needed for this job is negotiating, proper public speaking skills, critical thinking, persuasion, judgement and decision making, and very complex problem solving. Speaking, critical thinking, reading comprehension, coordination, writing, decision making skills
  Hours psychologists work 35 to 40 hours a week on a nine-to-five basis usually. (This is not accounting for handling emergencies) Lawyers (usually) work full time, majority of the time, more than 40 hours per week.

If in large firm there are additional hours of research and reviewing docs

Approximately 50 hours per week at minimum.
Interpersonal Relationships You are interacting with your patients, but depending what kind of psychologist you are, you have coworkers and boss if you work in a firm. Lawyers must socialize with their co-workers, their boss, and their clients. Interacting with clients, coworkers, and boss.


  (Local) UBC  University of Waterloo  (My choice) SFU 
Prerequisites  Faculty of Arts requires at least 60 credits outside the Major for the Bachelor of Arts, and the Department of Psychology requires at least 30 upper-level Psychology credits for the Psychology Major, and at least 48 upper-level Psychology credits for the Honors program. 

Lower Level Requirements 

Students must complete: 

  • either PSYC 100; or PSYC 101 and PSYC 102 
  • Quantitative Methods courses:
    PSYC 217 and 218 

Upper Level Requirements 

Students must take a minimum of 30 credits in 300- and/or 400-level courses including:
At least 6 credits from the following two lists: 

  • Behavioral Neuroscience: PSYC 301, 304, 306, 361, 363, 460, 461, 462, 466, 472 
  • Cognitive Science: PSYC 309, 321, 333, 335, 336, 365, 367, 368, 409, 421, 463 
  • At least 6 credits from each of two of the following four lists: 
  • Clinical/Health: PSYC 300, 311, 314, 331, 350, 400, 401, 402, 469 
  • Developmental: PSYC 302, 315, 319, 320, 322, 325, 412, 413, 414 
  • Foundations/Psychometrics: PSYC 303, 312, 359 
  • Personality/Social: PSYC 305, 307, 308, 358, 403, 404, 407, 408, 415, 418 


Ontario students: six Grade 12 U and/or M courses including any Grade 12 U English (minimum final grade of at least 70%) 

Mathematics of Data Management is recommended. 

Admission average: Low 80s (co-op and regular) 

The Arts First requirement consists of two first-year courses that are capped at 25 students: ARTS 130 - Inquiry and Communication and ARTS 140 - Information and Analysis.  

  • Required to complete: 
  • PSYC 100 Introduction to Psychology I (3) 
  • PSYC 102 Introduction to Psychology II (3) 
  • PSYC 210 Introduction to Data Analysis in Psychology (4) 

You must also obtain a final course grade of C (2.0) or better in PSYC 201W Introduction to Research Methods in Psychology (4) 

Cost  Approximately $6175.50/year  Approximate tuition and incidentals: $7,200 

Books and supplies: $2,290 



Approximately $6,436.52/year 


Branches of Psychology offered in the program  Behavioral Neuroscience, Cognitive Science, Clinical, Forensic, and Health Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Foundations and Psychometrics, and Personality and Social Psychology 


Clinical psychology, Cognitive neuroscience psychology, Cognitive psychology, Developmental psychology, Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Social Psychology 


Cognitive & Neural Science, Developmental Psychology, Law & Forensic Psychology, Social Psychology, Quantitative and Theoretical Psychology, and Clinical Science are all branches of psychology you may choose to focus on. 
Timeline  Approximately 3-4 years. It is usually 4 years, but it is possible to finish the required courses and get the amount of credits in 3 years.  I cannot find a specific length for this program, though if you complete all of the required classes, you can graduate in that amount of time.  Approximately 4 years. 

120 units must be completed for completing the Bachelor of Arts, and this is about 40 courses. If completed 10 courses per year, then I’ll complete 5 courses per semester.  

Structure (Co-op)  Yes, at UBC, the psychology major has an option of co-op.  It is available as a co-op or a regular program. Waterloo website states  that “By alternating school terms and paidco-opwork terms throughout your degree, you can explore new career areas and types of employers as your career interests evolve. 


A psychology major does not include the co-op option. 


Location  UBC is located about an hour away from my house, so I can commute to school if I don’t want to live on campus. It is close to a variety of attractions, restaurants, and stores. This includes Nitobe Memorial Garden which is only 1.5km away.  Waterloo is located in Waterloo, Ontario. This means that I would have to move provinces and live on campus full time. From what I researched waterloo is in a relatively nice area; it is very close to waterloo park, only a 1.5km walk from campus   SFU is located in a relatively popular area at 8888 University Dr, Burnaby. Not only does SFU have a large number of stores on the actual campuses but it has Burnaby mountain park within a 15-minute walk! Also close to the campus are restaurants such as Horizons restaurant, and Quesada burritos that you can walk to with your friends.