Several weeks back, I concluded my CAS journey with a final interview with my mentor, Mr. Conlin. In the interview, I reflected on my anti-drug service projects, SB online, Speak Up Indonesia, trampoline, tennis and gymnastics activities.
Throughout my CAS odyssey, there were multiple times where I was encouraged to think and act beyond my academic studies and work towards developing a holistic view of today’s world, which I am a citizen of. Prior to this experience with Speak Up, I never would have imagined that a 3rd grader could become a heroin addict, let alone imagine that they could be exposed to drugs. But, when visiting schools and slum areas all over Indonesia for my anti-drug campaign, I encountered children as young as 9 years old to seniors in their 70s who struggled with drug addiction or knew someone who did. This allowed me to recognize ethical issues and open my eyes to the reality of the world around me, beyond the tiny bubble that I lived in.
For activity, I have positively grown and developed both physically and mentally in tennis – a sport I was initially foreign towards – gymnastics, and trampoline. I have worked towards displaying an enthusiastic and determined approach in self-improvement within these sports. Not only has this strengthened my physical perseverance and persistence, but it definitely developed a strong mentality and grit within me, whether it is in sports, music or studies.
CAS has certainly developed an inquiring, knowledgeable and caring version of myself, who has and will help to create a better and more peaceful world.
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