Saturday, 24 May 2014

100 DAYS TO GO!



100 DAYS UNTIL SEPTEMBER 1

Danish students in Vienna!

Endorsement (March,10):

30 students from a danish school close to Kopenhagen came to visit us and stayed at my classmates and my appartement. My exchange partner is Simone. She is 17 years old. Overall I spend a good time with her in the 5 days she spent in Vienna. We visited a lot of Top-Sightseeing spots.
I am already looking forward to visit her in September in Denmark!

Simone & me

We went ice-skating in front of Vienna's city hall

EMIS Subject choice

Today I emailed my subject selection form to the director of EMIS.
I chose:
German A Literature HL Arabic B SL Economics HL Chemistry SL Mathematics HL French B SL (online) Additionally English A SL as 7th subject

Enclosed to the form I emailed multiple reasons why I want to attend an extra course. Now I am waiting for a response from the director to see if my choice is okay like I sent it or if I have to change something.

- Anna S.K. 

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”~Mark Twain~


Friday, 23 May 2014

Zentralmatura – wie läuft das ab?

Die Zentralmatura, an alle Schulen gleich – zentralisiert, wie es so schön heißt. Die ersten die ihre gesamte Matura unter diesem Prinzip machen, ist der Abschlussjahrgang 2014/15 für Ahs, und 2015/16 für BHS. Heiß umstritten unter Schülerin ist sie allemal, aber was genau kommt wirklich auf uns zu?


Die Zentralmatura wird ab dem Schuljahr 2014/15 eingeführt. Die Aufgaben sind standardisiert und kompetenzorientiert und in allen Schulen gleich. Alle Maturanten und Maturantinnen werden sich dieser Hürde österreichweit am selben Tag stellen.
Zur Zentralmatura gehören die Vorwissenschaftliche Arbeit, kurz VWA, zwei oder drei mündliche Prüfungen, sowie drei oder vier schriftliche Klausuren.

VWA - Vorwissenschaftliche Arbeit
Die Vorwissenschaftliche Arbeit zählt als erster Teilbereich der neuen Zentralmatura. Es handelt sich hierbei um eine vom Maturanten verfasste Arbeit, die eine Beantwortung der Forschungsfrage mit 40.000 bis 60.000 Zeichen umfasst. Diese Arbeit muss außerhalb der Unterrichtszeit verfasst werden, und der Beginn steht meist schon am Ende der 6. Klasse oder am Anfang der 7.Klasse an, wenn es darum geht, ein geeignetes Thema und einen Betreuer/eine Betreuerin zu finden mit dem im Verlauf des Verfassens der Arbeit immer wieder Gespräche stattfinden (mindestens 3). Der Betreuer muss Lehrkraft der Schule sein, muss jedoch nicht ein bestimmtes Fach unterrichten, genauso wie die VWA nicht Bezug auf einen Unterrichtsgegenstand nehmen muss. Vor der schriftlichen Matura steht noch ein Präsentationstermin für die Vorwissenschaftliche Arbeit an, wo man sie der Kommission präsentiert.

Schriftliche Matura
In Deutsch, Englisch, Französisch, Italienisch, Spanisch, Latein, Griechisch und Mathematik läuft diese standardisiert ab. An allen Schulen wird die Matura im jeweiligen Fach mit landesweit denselben Aufgaben an einem bestimmten Tag stattfinden. Das Antreten in Deutsch/Unterrichtssprache und Mathematik ist obligatorisch. Die Benotung erfolgt mit einem standardisierten Beurteilungs- und Korrekturschlüssel. Sollte die Beurteilung negativ ausfallen, kann man sie zu einem anderen Termin wiederholen, oder noch vor der mündlichen Matura zu einer Kompensationsprüfung antreten.

Mündliche MaturaEntscheidet man sich für 3 schriftliche Klausuren, stehen einem 3 mündliche Prüfungen bevor. Entschied man sich jedoch für 4 schriftliche, sind zum Zeitpunkt der mündlichen Matura nur noch 2 Prüfungen offen. In Summe sind es also 6 Prüfungen, wovon mindestens 3 und maximal 4 schriftlich sein dürfen. Mündlich antreten kann man in jedem Fach, welches man in der 8. Klasse besucht hat und mindestens 2 Jahre hatte. Ein Eintreten in Nebenfächern und Wahlpflichtfächer ist also für die mündliche Matura zulässig. Je nach Anzahl der Stunden gibt es verschieden viele Themenkreise (mindestens?, höchstens?) mit je 2 Fragen. In Fremdsprachen besteht das mündliche Antreten aus einem Monologen und einem Dialogen Teil. Die Länge ist abhängig von dem Lernjahr.

http://www.bmukk.gv.at/medienpool/22700/reifepruefung_ahs_lfvwa.pdf 
https://www.bifie.at
http://www.ahs-vwa.at

- Anna S.K. 

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”~Mark Twain~


Thursday, 22 May 2014

New article on deinplus.at

Recently a new article that I wrote about austrias graduating system was published on www.deinplus.at .
Basically I summarized all important facts about "Zentralmatura". This is the name of the upcoming system. Every student who graduates 2015 will write the same exams before getting a "Maturazeugnis", certificate.
You can read it here: Zentralmatura - wie läuft das ab?


- Anna S.K. “Twenty years from now So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” ~Mark Twain~

Saturday, 17 May 2014

Mother's Day Box, P&G

 P&G Mother's Day boxes were given out to everyone with a cupon as long as stock lasted.

The products that were in there are the following:
Pantene Pro-V Normales-Dickes Haar Repair & Care Shampoo und Pflegespülung à 75 ml
Oral-B blend-a-med Pro Expert Fluorid-Zahncreme à 15 ml
Olaz Anti Falten Sofort Feuchtigkeit + Sofort Faltenglätter 30+ à 30 ml
Christina Aguilera Unforgettable Moisturzing body lotion à 50 ml
Max Factor whipped creme Foundation, 50 Natural à 2 ml
Max Factor Masterpiece Max High Volume & Definition Mascara à 5.3 ml





- Anna S.K. 

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”~Mark Twain~


Course Selection @ EMIS

This is the form the EMIS Director emailed us yesterday: We have one week to complete and send it back. It is a very difficult choice though and I am experiencing some trouble while deciding what subjects I want to study in the upcoming two years.

STUDENT COURSE SELECTION FORM (2014-2015)
Name:    ..................................                  Date:      ..................................
INSTRUCTIONS:
·       Select ONE subject from each of Groups 1-5.
·       Select ONE subject from Group 6 OR another subject from Groups 1-5.
·       Language A refers to the “native language” or “first language”.
·       Language B refers to the “additional language” or “second language”.
·       First language Hebrew speakers will select Arabic as Lang B.
·       First language Arabic speakers will select Hebrew as Lang B. 
·       First language English (or other) speakers can select Arabic or Hebrew as Lang B. 
·       ESS is a mandatory course at EMIS and all students must select as either Group 3, 4 or 6.  
Group 1 – Studies in language and literature:
·      Language A refers to the “native language” or “first language”.
I will study ..................... from Group 1 because it is my first language. 
Group 2 – Language acquisition:
Language B refers to the “additional language” or “second language”.
I will study ..................... from Group 2 (choose either Hebrew or Arabic).
Group 3 – Individuals and societies (select one from the subject offerings below):
·      History
·      Economics
·      Environmental Systems and Societies (ESS)
I will study ..................... from Group 3.
Group 4 – Sciences (select one from the subject offerings below):
·      Biology
·      Chemistry
·      Physics
·      Environmental Systems and Societies (ESS)
I will study ..................... from Group 4.
Group 5 – Mathematics (select one from the subject offerings below):
·      Mathematics SL (Standard Level)
·      Mathematics HL (Higher Level)
·      Mathematical Studies SL (Standard Level)
I will study ..................... from Group 4.
Group 6 – The arts (select one from the subject offerings below):
·      Visual Arts
·      Film
·      OR other subject from Groups 1-5. 
I will study ..................... from Group 6.

NOTE:
For information regarding specific subjects in the Diploma Programme (DP) refer to the IBO website located at www.ibo.org under the DP section (Curriculum).
CHECKLIST:
·       Have you selected ONE subject from each of Groups 1-5?
·       Have you selected ESS from Group 3, Group 4 or Group 6?
·       Have you selected subjects that you require for university?


Within ONE WEEK of receiving this form please read carefully and complete fully.


So far I thought about this two options:
G1: German A2
G2: Arabic  Ab initio
G3: Economics HL
G4: ESS SL
G5: Mathematics HL
G6: -> G1: English A (--> the program turns bilingual this way)
(maybe additionally French B as a 7th subject)

G1: German A  OR English A
G2: Arabic Ab initio
G3: Economics HL
G4: ESS SL
G5: Mathematics HL
G6: -> G2: French B

- Anna S.K. 

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”~Mark Twain~


Friday, 16 May 2014

Tel Aviv apartment

We booked our apartment for our upcoming trip to Tel Aviv, which will be a 5 day lasting trip to discover the city, enjoy the beach and visit EMIS campus.

Our apartment  is 500 meters to the beach and 800 m to a pretty big shopping center, apparently. Now we should be ready to take off: we booked our flight and a room to stay, schedueled our campus visit and read a tourist guide!
TEL AVIV HERE WE COME :)


I am already looking forward to it! I can not wait to see the campus and get to know Tel Aviv!

As well, the day I will start our short trip is the pretty much the last day of school before our marks have to be in!
20 more days of studying and then I can leave austrias school system, my school and teachers behind. I am looking forward to that as well, but on the other one it is kind of sad as well. I went to this school for 6 years with almost the same people every day. But I am looking forward to all the challenges I will face at EMIS.

- Anna S.K. 

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”~Mark Twain~


Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Vienna city bike

Last night I registered online at http://www.citybikewien.at . It was really easy and the form was filled in really fast. Now I am able to rent a bike at every Vienna city bike post, there are over 100 all around the city.

I am going to try it out today. I am already looking forward to cycle around the city.


* All credis for the picture go to: http://www.citybikewien.at

- Anna S.K. 

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”~Mark Twain~


Monday, 12 May 2014

A video everyone needs to see..

Today on the internet I saw a couple of my future classmates or some of my Canadian friends post the following link:
http://blog.petflow.com/a-video-everyone-needs-to-see/

It is a spoken word video for the "online" generation called "Look Up". Written, performed and directed by Gary Turk, it is an extremely important life lesson for the youth!
So I suggest to watch it!


“This media we call social is anything but, when we open our computers and it’s our doors we shut”… This is one of the most vital messages that everyone needs to hear.

*All content belongs to http://blog.petflow.com/a-video-everyone-needs-to-see/ *

- Anna S.K. 

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”~Mark Twain~


Saturday, 10 May 2014

First-Ever Mideast School Counters Conflict With Classrooms

First-Ever Mideast School Counters Conflict With Classrooms
            May 8, 2014
Oded Rose, G’95, WG’95, was 16 when he had his first educational experience of a lifetime. A child of modest upbringing in Israel, by chance through the Canadian Embassy in Tel Aviv he heard of Canada’s Pearson College on Vancouver Island, which brings together 200 students from 80 countries to earn an International Baccalaureate diploma. He applied and received a full scholarship, then found himself in a boarding school environment, sharing a room with a handful of other students, including a Muslim.
“It was a life-changing experience,” Rose said, who now serves as CEO of chemical and energy technology provider Flow Industries Ltd.
The experience taught him two major takeaways. He came from a society in conflict, and Pearson presented a framework of mutual respect for all cultures unlike anything he previously had experienced. Two years in Canada taught him that if he wanted to make a difference, it had to come from education.
Rose is applying both lessons with Eastern Mediterranean International School (EMIS), for which he serves as chair of its board of directors. He believes that the most relevant places for schools that foster multicultural respect are locations of political or economic conflict—such as the Middle East. With EMIS, the plan is to bring the brightest youth together—like Pearson, juniors and seniors in high school—and help them focus on society’s problems, resolve them or set them on a path to resolution through education.
“By future leaders meeting each other, we help bridge between nations, and cultures and peoples basically,” Rose said. “The reason why it’s the high school model is because it’s the right age where social and political stands are formed.”
In other words, 16- and 17-year-olds aren’t set in their parents’ ways just yet.
In six months, 16 and 17-year-olds will begin taking the first 11th grade classes at EMIS. In full, the International Baccalaureate curriculum will be based on two junior and senior pre-university years, though Rose also mentions a preparatory 10th grade class with 15 to 20 students looking to study English in preparation for the full program. EMIS will be using temporary facilities while the school builds the permanent ones, but the temp digs are not too shabby. Located in the Hakfar Hayarok campus northwest of Tel Aviv, home to a large Israeli environmental leadership high school, EMIS is also partnered with that school and will access its facilities and interact with the pupils.
EMIS already has applications from students from 30 countries, Rose reports, and the school is expecting 60 11th graders when classes start—with a ratio of 20 percent Israelis, 20 percent Arab and Palestinian students, and 60 percent international.
And the school has developed and tested the model through five consecutive summer courses. Rose reports that in the last one they had 42 participants from 22 countries, including 14 from five Arab countries (Palestine, Egypt, Jordan, Morocco and Iraq).
“There is a thirst amongst the young generation to meet people from other cultures, especially in countries who are in conflict. Our Facebook page gets most of its likes from youngsters in Morocco, Egypt and Palestine,” he explains. “This gives me hope that the next generation, given the right opportunities and tools, can help break cycles of suspicion and fear and build those bridges between the people that will eventually lead to peace.
“If we can get the kind of students that we’re seeking—the change agents, the ones who are excited about our ideas—from all over the world … that will be very successful,” he says. “Everything is possible; you just have to believe in it.”
EMIS will be funded through a combination of government sources (Israeli and foreign), foundations and private philanthropists, corporation donors and tuition. Rose expects the mix to be roughly thirds government, philanthropy and tuition at steady state.

* This article does not belong to me! I found it in the Wharton Magazine, University of Pennsylvania. All credits go to Matthew Brodsky. http://whartonmagazine.com/blogs/first-ever-mideast-school-counters-conflict-with-classrooms/ *

- Anna S.K. 

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”~Mark Twain~


Thursday, 8 May 2014

My first post on #milestone blog from Rosetta Stone


I wrote a post about my upcoming adventure in Israel, especially about learning Arabic and Hebrew  on Rosetta stones  #milestone blog!

Here is the link to check it out:
http://www.rosetta-stone-blog.com/blog-de/arabisch-lernen-yes/
Even though it is in german, I hope you still enjoy  reading it!

- Anna S.K. 

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”~Mark Twain~


Wednesday, 7 May 2014

VISITING TEL AVIV

Today, Wednesday May 7 th, we booked our flights to Tel Aviv!
We will be leaving friday afternoon and come back on tuesday at around noon. 
We emailed Maya, the admission and marketing director if we can visit the campus while we are in Tel Aviv. She answered us pretty fast. Even though she will be abroad while we are in Tel Aviv, she still offered us to come and see the campus. 
In the upcoming days she will email as the exact time of our visit which will take place on monday. 

Right now we are looking for an apartment in the center of Tel Aviv. Meanwhile I am reading tons of travel guides.

I am looking forward to our trip and especially to our campus visit!

- Anna S.K. 

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”~Mark Twain~


Saturday, 3 May 2014

How Studying or Working Abroad Makes You Smarter

How Studying or Working Abroad Makes You Smarter
 April 29, 2014

Research shows that experience in other countries makes us more flexible, creative, and complex thinkers.
How does studying or working abroad change you? You return with a photo album full of memories and a suitcase full of souvenirs, sure. But you may also come back from your time in another country with an ability to think more complexly and creatively—and you may be professionally more successful as a result.

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Young woman at museum.Ryan Donnell—
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These are the conclusions of a growing body of research on the effects of study- and work-abroad experiences. 
For example: A study led by William Maddux, an associate professor of organizational behavior at INSEAD, found that among students enrolled in an international MBA program, their “multicultural engagement”—the extent to which they adapted to and learned about new cultures—predicted how “integratively complex” their thinking became.

That is, students who adopted an open and adaptive attitude toward foreign cultures became more able to make connections among disparate ideas. The students’ multicultural engagement also predicted the number of job offers they received after the program ended.

More generally, writes Maddux, “People who have international experience or identify with more than one nationality are better problem solvers and display more creativity, our research suggests. What’s more, we found that people with this international experience are more likely to create new businesses and products and to be promoted.”

Angela Leung, an associate professor of psychology at Singapore Management University, is another researcher who has investigated the psychological effects of living abroad. She reports that people with more experiences of different cultures are better able to generate creative ideas and make unexpected links among concepts.

Like Maddux, Leung found that the advantages of living abroad accrue to those who are willing to adapt themselves to the ways of their host country: “The serendipitous creative benefits resulting from multicultural experiences,” she writes, “may depend on the extent to which individuals open themselves to foreign cultures.” This openness, she adds, includes a tolerance for ambiguity and open-endedness, a lack of closure and firm answers.

Could it be that people who choose to study or work in other countries are already more inclined to be complex and creative thinkers? David Therriault, associate professor of educational psychology at the University of Florida, anticipated this possibility. He and his coauthors administered creative thinking tasks to three groups of undergraduates: students who had studied abroad, students who were planning to study abroad, and students who had not and did not plan to study abroad. The students who had actually studied abroad outperformed the two other groups in creative thinking.

Studying or working in another country can make us better thinkers—more flexible, creative, and complex—if we’re willing to adapt and learn from other cultures. As the title of an article by William Maddux advises: “When in Rome . . . Learn Why the Romans Do What They Do.”
Brilliant readers, what do you think? Have you studied or worked abroad, and did it change the way you think? Please share your thoughts below.

(*Article found on http://time.com/79937/how-studying-or-working-abroad-makes-you-smarter/ ,I do not own it! All credits go to  @anniemurphypaul)

- Anna S.K. 

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”~Mark Twain~


Thursday, 1 May 2014

Töchtertag-Girls Day


On thursday was Girls Day in Vienna and as I heard as well in Bratislava. Is it an international thing? I am not sure, but however.

In Vienna girls aged 10-16 have the chance to visit a company, mostly technical companies, that open their door to us. My friend and me went to the austrian TV-channel OKTO TV.
Okto is a uncommerical television broadcast comitter which started in fall 2005. People who have ideas can publish their story on  Okto TV.More information can be found on their website: http://okto.tv/

The day started at 9 am, where we met in front of the Okto building in Vienna. A couple of girls were already there, when my friend and me arrived. We started of with eating breakfast, which was a good idea, because we were able to get to know us a little bit. At 9.30 am the program started, we went into the television studio where we introduced each other and talked a little about us and why we chose to visit Okto.

We listened to a short presentation about Okto and then we started to experiment. We splitted the group into half, the first half tried out audio and the regie/stage directon first, while the other half had a great time working with the cameras and talking with microphones. After half an hour we changed groupes, so everbody had the chance to get to know all of the equipment.

At 11.30am we made another break to find out what we want to film in the next few hours. Unfortunaetly my friend and me had to leave early because we needed to get back to school due to an exam.

However, my friend and me still had a great time and enjoyed Girls Day! I think it is an amazing opportunity for us to try out a profession at Girls Day. :)

Heute Tochter - morgen Chefin!