by J E S S I C A L I N
Between August 31st to September 3rd, while most students were in Camp PAS, eleven selected students travelled to Junyi Experimental High School. Their mission was to educate students on the Design Thinking process and the importance of empathetic thinking.
Apparently domestic flights are considered really dangerous and I really didn’t want to take any risks.” However, the plane flight turned out to be a soothing experience where students got plenty of time “to rest and imagine what would the Junyi students be like” (Lillian). When the eleven students first arrived, Lillian described that “it was quite awkward.” However, after the ice-breaking activities commenced and the group got to know each other better, Lillian discovered that the Junyi students were actually “really supportive of the program.” Together, PAS and Junyi students worked on fun activities and learned the true spirit of any design thinking project: empathy. One exciting activity was the Marshmallow challenge where Junyi students competed against each other to build the largest freestanding structure using only uncooked pasta, some tape, rope, and a marshmallow. Contradicting their original expectations, PAS students found the three days as a pleasant surprise. Furthermore, Christina Chang (11) remarked, “it’s a memorable experience that I will never forget.” In the end, the PAS students not only accomplished their initial task of teaching, but met new people and forged precious friendships.
by A N N G U C H A N G
It is the time of the year again, when students relinquish their summer pastimes and return to school to face a plethora of projects, homework, and tests. However, before students can kick into gear and begin studying, students attend the annual Camp PAS.
She said, “There is something poetic about becoming friends with strangers you glimpsed at on back to school day and Camp PAS has most definitely succeeded in that regards.” Even at the stroke of midnight, while the AOs scrambled to get students back to their designated rooms, chuckles slid underneath the classroom doors and into the hallways. No point during the camp was there an absence of laughter and conversations as the lively spirits of PAS students lighted up every corner of the campus.
Behind the scenes of such a success were people working tirelessly to ensure the fluency of the camp. One of the activity organizers Dorian Chen (11) said, “Being the backbone of Camp PAS meant that all eyes were on us to ensure the success of camp.” From being in charge of every detail ranging from “preparing food, designing escape rooms, and ensuring activities were carried out smoothly, I can reassure you that I didn’t get much sleep.” Yet, he notes that “the experience has definitely been worthwhile” as he has learned so much from leading his group.
Whether it signified the start of a high school journey or the countdown to the endless worries from SATs and APs, Camp PAS has definitely been a warm welcome to the new school year. Even though this year’s Camp PAS may not have been exactly perfect (the melted “bon ice” and the tragic shortage of water balloons), students ultimately left Camp PAS with a smile. After all, it was not the activities that made the camp so memorable, it was the perpetual enthusiasm and passion from all the PAS students.
by K R I S T E N L E E
This year’s Design Thinking program has just begun, and if you’re looking for a topic that is not only helpful to everyday life, but has easy to obtain materials and a fun and interesting testing process, then the topic of aromatherapy just might be for you!
Last year, this topic was extensively researched in Design Thinking by a group that was later invited to teach the Design Thinking program to students in Taitung. The group explored how certain scents could promote quality of sleep; with the start of a new school year, and for the seniors, the beginning of an arduous process college applications, many students reportedly suffer from insomnia, stress, and the compulsion to eat. While some might try to alleviate these symptoms by listening to music, reading a book, or doing exercise, research shows that there is a lesser-used, but more effective way to fulfill a healthy lifestyle.
Tired of Counting Sheep?
A study presented by the Eastern Psychological Conference in 2011 analyzed 20 people who slept in rooms scented with jasmine, lavender, or nothing. Those who smelled jasmine moved the least during sleep and reported lower anxiety rates. Subsequently they performed better on cognitive tests, which led researchers to say that jasmine could help students or athletes who have trouble sleeping before a big test or game.
A U.S. Study revealed a satisfactory way to lose weight. In the study, more than 3000 overweight people sniffed scents like banana and green apple when they felt hungry. Over six months, people with good olfactory ability lost weight without actively dieting. Certain odours, such as the odour of extra virgin olive oil, garlic, fennel, and grapefruit, can also trigger the release of hormones that give the perception of feeling full.
Multiple studies show that using lemon essential oil helps reduce nausea and vomiting, apart from elevating one’s mood. On a similar vein, raw ginger -- whether cooked, brewed with tea, or eaten in the candied form -- has proven to be an effective remedy against diarrhea and stomachache.
A Fit-For-All Solution?
Regardless of the benefits, there are still risks in aromatherapy and applying essential oils to your skin. Some people suffer from allergic reactions that could be worsened when continuously agitated, so a fundamental understanding of your own body’s allergies is needed before trying anything new.