Amanda Obando

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Amanda Obando
Posted about 2 years ago
Roberto D'Angelo + Francesca Fedeli: In our baby's illness, a life lesson
When I was in the 9th grade my school made us take an intership in a chosen career. I got my 3rd option, psychology, and I ended up in an insititute for down syndrome kids. I realized that among all of those who had the support of their parents, the ones who fended the best off were the children who had both of their parents there with a positive view of life. They saw a what is considered a social, economic and cultural problem as an oportunity for growth for themselves and the people surrounding them. Those parents who just accept a reality bring equanimity to their situation and make it seem like a normal life and I believe that's the most important for any human being, especially for those who happen to have children with disabilities or have disabilites themselves.
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Amanda Obando
Posted over 2 years ago
What is your definition of 'freedom'?
My definition of freedom would be something that gives me the opportunity to make my own decisions wisely. That something would be the understanding of the nature of my mind and be conscious, aware of the present. Not dwelling on the past or the future that hasn't come.
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Amanda Obando
Posted over 2 years ago
Should the concept of competition be eliminated from schools?
I'm glad it all worked out for you. Certainly I do understand the sense of ambition, will, self-discipline, motivation and perseverance because I've had lately the same problems. I study in a really good school, but that's after proving (I don't know how, they just saw it) that it was worth the money for me to continue studying there. Afterwards, my step-dad (who my mother got divorced to, leading to all economical problems) started paying my tuition. I'm also an athlete, swimming, so competition is something I know of naturally. What I'm saying is not that the stardardized tests is wrong, it's just that it's true that competition happens naturally between students. By 'elminating' I meant that it is taught as to not degrade the other person. Yet when it comes to higher education such as getting into college or getting you highschool certificate I do see it as more healthy as it shows you've got to work as you have an oppotunity for a legal recognition of your education. Yet again, that's where you need your own self motivation and perseverance. I guess it all depends on the nature of the person and whether they're really sensitive to 'losing' or failing at what they wanted to achive and compare themselves to others.
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Amanda Obando
Posted over 2 years ago
Should the concept of competition be eliminated from schools?
Well, yes. Good point of view there, and wow, 40 valedictorians. I'm the kind that keeps her grades to herself as well. Also, I don't know how I forgot the other things that affect your admission to universities. I'm looking for a scholarship myself through sports, combined with grades. That reminds me about this Asian kid in my school who applied to MIT but because there was no activities he really participated in and his attitude was pretty bad he didn't get accepted. Yet I do think we should be taught to keep to ourselves, mainly in school. Now that I think about it... my school just over-stimulates competition... Thanks for making me realize that again. By the way, I think that was going to be expected since I live in El Salvador, Central America where education is something that even the government puts more attention to.
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Amanda Obando
Posted over 2 years ago
Should the concept of competition be eliminated from schools?
I see what you're talking about. Yet, grades/marks/scores are a different kind of competition between the students. Who got the best grade, who is doing better than others by a lot. There are two extremes in who gains how much out of their educational system. In my opinion, there's also a big importance when it comes to parents monitoring a student's grade. If they over-react it's because they assumed their kid was doing alright but they aren't (or maybe something else). I go to a school which offers both the IGCSE and IB programs (which I'm lucky to be in). There a high level of competition not between the teachers or parents, but between the students in any level. "I beat ____ " "I got a better grade than ____ " and it affects other students' perception on how good they're doing with their grades. It's to such an extent that some stop caring about their education. Because, believe it or not (not you, I mean as the expression suggests) we know that better grades are a possibly a better chance into getting into a good university, and having a good job. Although of course, not everything is based on where you go to college or how smart you are. And yes, I do agree that private schools grade harder and put fewer grades on papers because they leave harder assignments which require more time and more thought into it. At least in my experience as a student in international programs.
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Amanda Obando
Posted over 2 years ago
If you have NEVER been to Africa, when someone mentions "Africa" or you hear "Africa", what is the FIRST thing that comes into your mind?
I think of the actual continent... in the geographical sense. How it could have been joined up with South America and the fact that Australia has extinct volcanos and Africa does which brings me to try to really challenge the theory that we come from Africa.... and then comes that thing I had to do a project on. It was about statistics and just figuring things out. I investigated feritlity rate and dead kids per woman, South-Saharan countries were top ranked in those two categories...