15.01.15 – 25.01.15

After a long snow holiday that affected my piano lessons as well, I could go on with my pieces. I’m looking forward to finishing “Rondo” because I really enjoy its melody. As I mentioned before, the only part left in the piece is the Minore. During both of these lessons, I deciphered the Minore section. Since there is polyphony in this part, it was really fatiguing to combine different melodies. It is only possible to hear and perceive what the music says when it is played with both hands, which is a thing I cannot get along with now. That’s why I focused on this part of the piece this week, ‘Rondo’s Minore’ requires more attention than usual. I can say that our tempo has decreased with Minore because it is even more difficult to concentrate on such a complex melody when I have lots of school work due. Especially during this time of the month, lots of projects came up so I had to decelerate my progress with piano.

Area: Creativity

Hours Completed: 4


 

24.01.15

Our supervisor Mr. Bahtiyar chose some team members to participate the annual Shell Eco-marathon Europe 2015 Meeting which took place in The Marmara Hotel Pera. I was happy to be one of them. The program of the meeting was quite loaded. At first we gathered in a convention hall where I got to meet people from different Turkish teams. I felt confident while I spoke to people and introduced our team. My strength here was that I was a good communicator because most of the teams were universities and I felt proud to be one of the youngest people there. Once we were seated, the presentation started. Luckily, our team sat at the front seats so I could pay my whole attention to the presentation. There were several presentations listed in the schedule below. Maybe the most important one was given by Gilles Vanier, Europe Technical Manager. He went over the important technical details to consider during and before the competition as well as the aim of Shell Eco-marathon. Since the competition is approximately a week long, he explained the whole program. He discussed the rule changes of this year’s competition. We realized that our car doesn’t suit some of the rule changes and it should be modified. For example a new rule wants all cars to have a dead man switch because of some accidents from last year. However, our car doesn’t have one. During one of the brakes, we talked about this with our teachers and emphasized on the importance of acting fast to fulfill the requirements of this year’s competition. At this point, I felt a little stressed because I knew it would be difficult. Although I suggested some ideas for the dead man switch, my friends thought it would be better to design it first. The other presentations were about the sponsor logistics firm Alışan Logistic, Rotterdam, and the use of social media to represent and advertise teams. Briefly, Alışan Logistic talked about the cars’ transportation to Rotterdam Ahoy. The other ones were generally about Netherlands and the Shell Company. During the presentations I didn’t hesitate to ask questions. People were surprised to see a high school student who was not shy to raise hands in front of everyone. I realized this when I observed their reactions. The presenters and the overall audience approached my questions with extra kindness and interest. I believe this is a clear benefit of being younger. At the end of the day I was really tired and overwhelmed with all the meeting. We were asked to introduce our team and give a short interview. A cameraman and an interviewer came to ask each of our duties in the team and our goals for this year’s competition. Mr. Bahtiyar gave brief information about us and then our photos were taken. We all wore yellow Shell sweaters which made me think that I was a part of a family. Shell Eco-marathon family.

Area: Service

Hours Completed: 6


 

20.01.15

Today we went to the Hearing Impaired School in Tuzla. As mentioned before, our aim was to support this school by collecting money in our Cook For Good sales. First of all, we met the students, their teachers and the school principle at the entrance of the school. Our first attempt to communicate was a little strange because none of us knew how to talk to them. In order to help us learn more about the school and the students’ conditions, the principle talked about the foundation and the aim of the school. He explained the current health conditions of the students. To summarize, some of them were totally deaf but most of them could distinguish sound with the help of their hearing devices. I learned that they understand words by reading lips as well. This information relieved me a lot. After the small talk we were divided into groups to perform several activities such as basketball and painting. I volunteered to be in the basketball group, I really wanted to do a physical activity with the students. To get ready for the match, we started with some warm-up activities. I realized that the students were running better than me, they were quite eager to play. Their P.E. teacher was with us too, he had an interesting method to teach. He was careful with his tone and he stressed some words more than the others. Clearly, his aim was to make his students understand and apply his directions. He was also using his body movements efficiently while he was giving verbal commands. It was relatively easier for me to communicate with students during the training because we were talking about very basic things, just like “It’s your turn”, “Where is the ball?” etc. I also tried my best to express and support my words with my body language. When the warm-up was over, we were ready for the match. Two groups were formed, each group was a total mix. During the match I had a lot of fun, however I was weak compared to them. Since I am not experienced in basketball, it has always been a challenging sport to me. So, this was an unforgettable memory. They, also, seemed really happy to play with and I can say that they were ambitious. The students in my team were in great collaboration, as a result we won the match. After the match we were all hungry, so we went to the cafeteria to eat our lunch. After the lunch, it was the time for playing table tennis. Table tennis is one of my favorite sports, so I was really happy to have a chance to play it with hearing impaired students. Once the students saw that I was not playing bad, they all wanted to play with me. Since I played basketball earlier, I was pretty tired but I kept playing. We laughed a lot, we laughed at random things… This made me realize that smiling was the most important universal language. When our game was over, unfortunately, it was time to return. For this reason, we gathered at the entrance. All of a sudden, music started to play. Our traditional songs… At this point, the effect of our culture united us again. We danced with all the students and teachers and I can tell that it was one of the best moments in my life. I’ll never forget that sincere atmosphere. Then, we gathered in the garden and played random games. Some of the students even taught us new games by showing us how to play them. Even though I had a little trouble with understanding at first, they didn’t stop until I understood the game and started playing with them. We hugged each other, took lots of photographs etc. I strongly wanted to come back to this school as we were leaving. Since our Cook For Good sales will continue in the second term, I am looking forward to our second visit.

Area: Service

Hours Completed: 6


 

15.01.15

See, capture, photograph, print, create, design, project, paint… These are the basic steps for our wish to enhance the visual quality of our sister school. Today, Mr. Dew invited us to the art atelier in our school to create the design for the walls of Mithat Paşa Primary School. First step was to select one of the printed photographs, taken in Edirne during the pattern-finding task, and cutting the parts that we wanted. Second step was to put & glue together these different patterns and create a big, complicated but integrated image. It was no different than making a complex puzzle. We were divided into two groups. Although our collage included many details, it looked decent and plain when we looked from a distance. This was an activity that required high creativity and patience because it wasn’t that easy to form an esemplastic picture out of tiny details. Our group worked in great collaboration and as a result we ended up having a unique, interesting image. We created an image that looked like the silhouette of a woman. The other group’s image looked like a walnut tree. I’m looking forward to project & paint it on the school’s walls.

Area: Creativity

Hours Completed: 1.5


 

16.12.14 – 14.01.15

Till the 100th measure, I played “Rondo” both hands. Since there is a repetition of the beginning between 100th and 136th measures, only the Minor part of the piece is left. In other words, half of the piece is completed. For next week, I needed to practice Rondo and try to play it without hesitations and fluent. During the week I couldn’t work too hard but I corrected most of my errors till the 136th measure of “Rondo” with my supervisor the next lesson. It wasn’t easy to go over the parts that I had trouble with. Since it was the exam week, I found it really challenging to set up my mind and concentrate on the piece, however I managed to overcome this problem during our lesson. We didn’t have time to play “Nocturne” in the lesson. I will study both of these pieces during this week. Sometimes I feel like there is no time left to study piano, but I manage to create time especially when I underperform in the lessons.

Area: Creativity

Hours Completed: 4