RizwanPeriod:6Portfolio assignmentDoes school have the ability to lit our eyes and to make the world lookbetter to us? As a Vista del Lago student, I am expected to achieve the levels ofunderstanding, be responsible, and respect different or uncommon environments.During the first semester of 11th grade I have sensed growth in all aspect of mylife, however some of the important skills that I encountered this semester wereto be an Individual who values world’s culture, to think critically and to be aResponsible Citizen.An individual who values world’s culture is someone that is able to respectand identify some unusual aspect of his environment’s life. Those individuals areable to have such characteristics by learning of different environments andcultures, that might be presented and active around the world or even in the USA.In my English class, I had the opportunity to learn about the Iraqis when I readthe “World on the Turtle’s Back”, and then wrote an in class essay about thiscreated myth. This portfolio assignment helped me develop as an individual, whovalues cultures because it gave me the opportunity to explore something veryunique. It got me aware of something very different from what most of us believein. It has allowed me to appreciate and to acknowledge this way of culture, whichis mostly uncommon in American Indians. Moreover it made me able to greet themwith knowledge and handle things much better than some one who has not had theopportunity to learn their unique style of living.Apart from basic cause and effects I have learned how to evaluate about thatwhat appreciated opportunities should I consider putting my valuable time in andwhat might be the logical reasons behind something, are just few of the manyfeatures that I adapted from this dominant field. Apart from just studies and whatwe actually learn in our classes, Advance Placement Summer Work forced me to takea step ahead of everyone else and put myself in better position then many in thisworld. Summer assignments had forced me to get used to the critical work; it makemy image stronger, so when I am put under the critical circumstances where I amcompeting against some very capable competitors adults outside of school, I amprepared to act like them.Regarding responsibilities, it is largely believed that citizens have thegeneral responsibility to participate in their community to make it "better".Definition of "make it better" will vary greatly, and is largely determined bysocial norms in the community. In my Advance Placement United States Historyclass, I got the assignment to search and write an essay where I had to analyzethe Declaration of Independence. Reading it and writing an essay upon whatJefferson’s views were, and why such actions were taken taught me greatly how todevelop myself into a very capable person who constantly analyze and thinks highlyof one’s part. In my everyday school life I use this skill in many ways, I use itto follow direction to do my part to comfort and make good impression for others.Apart from school and just following directions, doing this has motivated me tosuch a great extent, that I have been involved in community services with thecommunity hospital and another community which helps the people in need onholidays. I think I still have a long way to go in adapting and perfecting intothis ESLR, and I can only do that by strengthening some of the qualities I havealready adapted into.I have had the blessing to improve upon many features of life during thissemester, but the few that I mentioned really stood out for me and have shown itby improving my abilities. I think portfolios have taught me many skills, butmainly, the ones it has strengthen are, to think critically, respect and learn toappreciate, and allow myself to be like an open skull and capture knowledge fromdifferent and unique sources.