CAS is, hands down, one of the most stressful but fun parts of the IB curriculum. To be talking about what I have achieved for 20 minutes was a piece of cake! Especially if it was with someone who was going to giving me advice and guidance to make sure I don’t completely mess up.
My assigned CAS mentor is Ms. Davidsen. I have never talked to her before as I have never taken an activity or been in her class so I was quite nervouse beforehand but she was very friendly during the interview and really helped me get a clear idea of what I want to achieve with CAS because it is one of the fundamental aspects of the IB curriculum.
I’m a right brained person, it wasn’t a surprise to me when, by this time in my IB career, I’ve already started 2 creativity projects (These are ongoing really) and finished 1. As I’ve written in my last blog post, I ran the schools annual haunted house with my peers and had a blast doing it. I don’t have any problem working with people so long as they’re not too difficult to get along with. With the haunted house, I’ve achieved LO5.
As for my other creative projects, I’ve started a photoblog a few months back, it’s only got 104 followers so far but hey, we’re just starting out. Photography is a skill I really would like to develop for the future. I figured that I’d kill two birds with one stone if I took it up as a part of my CAS. This also means that I am achieving LO1, LO3, LO4 and LO5. I put a lot of time into these photos, organizing the models and make-up are hardwork. I talked with Ms. Davidsen about the process I go through for each photo shoot, and I think that just talking about it made the angle I was aiming for with this project more coherent.
This would probably turn out to be my weakest aspect of CAS. As I’ve discussed with Ms. Davidsen, I think my biggest challenge of ‘Activity’ would be organizing myself especially after coming home from a long day of school and not having regularly exercized before.
I’ve taken up dancing and Nike fitness for my activities. I’ve set a goal for Nike to have a lower resting heart rate than my usual 68 bpm. A lower resting heart rate would mean that I am getting fitter because, according to my research, lower resting heart rates mean a more efficient heart. For now, I’ve set my goal to 64 bpm. Ms. Davidsen had given me the advice to be ‘persistent with myself’ if I want to reach my goal. Although, I will struggle I will just have to push through to meet my goal.
I have no trouble being persistent with myself with Dance classes because I enjoy it very much. I told Ms. Davidsen that I find it easier to achieve my dance goal than my other goal because it is on a fixed weekly schedule. She agreed with me on this and I was glad to find that she sympathized with me because she said that she also found it hard to exercize by herself. As I was talking to her about these projects, I realized that I need more of them in order to achieve the learning objectives because so far, with these projects, I have only achieved LO1, LO2 and LO4.
This is the one that I could go on for hours about. I was very pleased with myself that I had talked very clearly about what I want to achieve and what the biggest problem I had to overcome was. I was a bit anxious about what I was going to say beforehand but Ms. Davidsen was very patient with me. I have currently taken on 3 ongoing service projects, 2 of which could double as a creativity project. I was really proud of myself for taking on these projects. These projects helpp me achieve LO6 and LO7.
The first project I had taken part in was the Tiny School Movement. This project creates a so called “school in a box” which can be shipped easily to anywhere around the world and put together. I enjoy working for this project because I have smart teammates whose skills complement one another thus we make a good team. I told Ms. Davidsen that I had a hard time in the past organizing our schedules accordingly because of everyone’s hectic IB schedules.
Another project I have undertaken is baking for sekolah bisa kids. This is a good project because it complements the Tiny School movement since it does not take up too much of my time and I have a good time doing it. This also helps me achieve LO2 because I have not done baking regularly in the past. I felt anxious telling Ms. Davidsen this because I feared that she would be upset that I am trying something new just to feed to the Sekolah Bisa kids.
The last project I recently got into was design and photography for the school Magazine, Jukebox. I have not talked about Jukebox yet with Ms. Davidsen because during that time I had not gotten into it yet but I will set up a meeting with her in the future to discuss this. I have an important job in this stage of the magazine because we are halting on the content of the magazine since we want to redesign it and change its so called “vibe”.
All in all, this interview gave me a better sense of direction for my CAS projects. Talking about them aloud helped me very much because I surprised my self with some of the things I said. I came to the CAS interview feeling a bit unsure at the beginning because I didn’t know what I wanted to say but as soon as I started talking, I couldn’t stop. This CAS interview helped me realize that I say I am going to do a lot of things without actually setting a deadline for it thus always postponing it.
I’ve set myself a goal to join another Activity project before Christmas break. I look forward to see the future opportunities I will have for CAS and am excited for the outcome of my current ongoing projects. I’ve gotten to work and interact with so many different people that I wouldn’t have had it not been for CAS. I can only imagine what the real world would be like. So many different personalities.
xo, au revoir