Chelsea Kwan

2024

Hi there! I’m Chelsea, a current sophomore at SHC. I was born and raised in San Francisco and I live in a family of four with my parents and younger brother. Currently, at SHC, my favorite classes include Advance Pre-Calculus and AP Human Geography. Math has always been a favorite subject of mine and the class allows me to learn more about topics I haven’t learned in the past. AP Human Geography is a class that’s radically different from classes I’ve taken in the past, I enjoy the discussion-based teaching format, and the topics involved have been subjects that I’ve become increasingly interested in.

Outside of classes, I am involved in an array of extracurriculars. At SHC, I am a part of the Girl’s Tennis team. I’ve been a part of the Girl’s Tennis team for two years now and I’ve come to love it. I am also a director of the Photography Club. I’ve spent the past three years getting into photography and Photography Club allows me to showcase my work as well as my love for the art. Additionally, I am a part of Company where I will be performing in three dances for this year’s dance showcase. Despite dancing for 10+ years at San Francisco Ballet School, I recently decided that dance wasn’t the route for me and have since then dialed down the amount of dancing I have done. Outside of SHC, I am also involved in archery (which I’ve been doing for 4 years now) and piano (which I’ve been doing for 8 years now). Some of my other hobbies also include reading and baking. 

I’ve also become interested in finance and economics. The summer before my sophomore year I took a course at Columbia University where I learned about corporate finance, micro and macroeconomics, financial accounting, strategy formulation, market analysis, and I learned how to conduct a financial valuation, which allows you to determine whether a company is overvalued or undervalued based on a series of calculations and whether or not you should invest. This upcoming summer (summer before my junior year), I will be taking another course at Columbia University. The course will be focused on investment management and will allow me to generate my own investment strategies and portfolio. 

This year my i2 project is based around Active Noise Cancelling and creating software that can generate ANC, therefore eliminating the cost of typical ANC headphones and allowing for more productivity. Throughout this project, I’ve faced several challenges, mostly in the logistics of making the ANC work, but also in the coding aspect. For the i2 showcase, I hope to present my ideas behind the app and the research that I’ve found throughout this project. Despite this project not being a success, I’ve definitely have learned a lot about sound waves as well as their related laws and principles and how to be better organized and think out my processes more thoughtfully.


MY BLOGS

My Project Progress (2021-2022)

This year my project is the ANC App. ANC stands for active noise canceling which is a common form of noise-canceling headphones used in many modern ANC headphones today. My original idea was to create a software version of ANC that would allow you to generate an inverse wave of the external sound and therefore […] Read more

My Upcoming Project (2021 - 2022)

After completing The Compost Cycle during the 2020 – 2021 school year, I learned a lot about leadership and trial and error. I think that The Compost Cycle really taught me some important life skills which I hope to use in my upcoming i2 project. While I loved working on The Compost Cycle, I want […] Read more

i2 Projects

ANC App

The ANC App is an application that will be able to generate ANC (Active Noise Cancelling) through ordinary wired headphones. The goal of this project is to be able to build software that can cancel out external sound creating a quieter environment, allowing for an increase in productivity, and a decrease in the cost of ANC headphones.

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The Compost Cycle

The Compost Cycle is a cycle that takes old food waste and makes something new out of it. We used a process of composting called vermicomposting, which uses redworms and makes fertilizer. With the fertilizer created, we then add the compost into our garden to grow fruits and vegetables and we give the food back to SHC. The school community then creates more food waste so we can continue repeating the cycle.

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