Our brain is amazing. Not only it coordinated the immune system to fight off physical hazards, it also equips itself with layers and layers of defense mechanism to protect our mind. Ironically, it is the same defense mechanisms that are preventing us to grow up more often that it actually is protecting us.
Your psyche will try to shoot down anything that might keep things from staying exactly where they are. It doesn’t want to accept that you are wrong; You are always right. So even now, some of you reading this might be feeling your brain bombard you with loads of reasons to reject it. If you’re one of those, I’m warning you that what follows might not be comfortable. But if you’re willing to embrace the discomfort for the sake of improving yourself, then let’s take a look together at the forms this mechanism often come in.
The victor team of Think Quest Competition "Jakarta of my Dream Contest 2011" from Regina Pacis High School Jakarta, mentor teacher, headmaster, and two of the committees
Today, 26th March 2012 is the long-awaited final event of the National Think Quest Competition “Jakarta of my Dream Contest 2011.”
Think Quest Competition is an annual competition dedicated to cultivate students’ critical thinking ability and the ability to utilize technology. The overseas Think Quest event is held by Oracle Foundation, and the national Think Quest is held by the cooperation between Oracle, Department of Education, and Pesona Edu. The winner of the national level can go to the overseas level to compete even higher.
Last year’s contest, the aforementioned “Jakarta of my Dream Contest 2011” was held from May ~ December 2011, with over 5,240 participants nationwide. The event experienced several delays though, which is why the announcement is just today in March 2012.
PLASMA stands for “Pelatihan dan Lomba Penelitian Anak SMA” (Research Training and Competition for High School Students), an annual event hold by Student Research Unit at Atma Jaya Catholic University, a renowned University in Indonesia. This series of activities is devoted for high school students to get to know researches and foster critical thinking.
Every year, this event trains a big number of high school students from numerous schools in Jabodetabek, Indonesia and then holds a research competition, where I and my team were the victor last year.
This year though, I came to PLASMA not as a participant anymore, because my school forbids third graders from participating in inter-school competitions from 2nd semester onward, to focus them on their upcoming final tests; but I still came to mentor my underclassmen who participates in PLASMA, as well as to see the brilliance of this event this year 😀