CAS Reflection 5/CAS Interview 2
I recently held my second formal CAS interview and the main purpose of this interview was to reflect upon the achievements and success of the projects and programs I have indulged myself in for the completion of CAS.
For CAS we are required to complete 5 creativity projects. In the first formal CAS interview, one challenge I had going into the CAS program was the difficulty in participating in creativity projects. However, at the end of Year 12, and my first year in IB, I am delighted that I actually have been actively involved in 5 projects already. This, however, does not mean that I will not take part in any other projects in year 13. From my experiences in being an IB student this year, I have learnt that the minimum is never enough. To achieve success and greatness requires one to push the boundaries. This can be translated into CAS. I believe that CAS is a program that requires an individual to constantly be involved in as many projects as one can possibly handle. This is because for CAS to have an influential affect on an individual, he or she must think long term. Even after we graduate from the IB diploma, it will always be beneficial for you and others who are affected by your actions if you continue to do what you do and support them. So from this understanding, I will continue to take part in as many creative projects that I possibly can in the future.
As for the projects, I have been a part of the ATL Workshop with Year 12 and Year 7 students, The Christmas Cafeteria Decoration, Living Wall by Rachel House, Year 13 Graduation Committee, and finally the PTA Country Fair. Through these projects, I have developed and released my inner creativity side that I have been seeking for a very long time. I do not consider myself to be a creative person. I am very practical and more of doer than thinker, so through these projects, it is always good to know that I still have an element of creativity in me.
If I were to improve one aspect of creativity in the near future, it would definitely have something to do with raising environmental issues. The creativity projects that I have done, have mainly benefited me (as an individual by developing my creative side), and to a certain extent has benefited society (as in the BSJ community). Some projects where I have helped improve society’s wellbeing include the Living Wall (raising awareness for palliative care), Year 13 Graduation (I have plenty of close friends in the year above, and I would do anything to make their final memories of BSJ one to truly remember for the rest of their lives), and finally the PTA Country Fair (where I had the opportunity to interact with younger students in the school). As you can see, there has not been a lot of involvement regarding the environment, so that is a project that I am willing and seeking to be a part of in Year 13.
For CAS we are required to complete 3 personal exercise programs. In my first year of IB and CAS, I have completed 2. One regarding running and the other swimming. As a keen athlete, being a part of various of the school’s varsity teams, I find this aspect of CAS very easy. I have a lot of knowledge about sports and personal exercise programs and have set myself and created a lot of programs in the past. Therefore, for CAS so far, I have developed 2 SMART Goals:
- To run a half marathon in 1 hour 40 minutes in the Jakarta Half Marathon (Running)
- To reduce my working heart rate to 140 bp after swimming 2 kilometres in 40 minutes (Swimming)
As I entered IB, it has been difficult for me to find or even make time to do the amount of sports I did in the years leading up to IB. I understand that it’s due to the nature of the IB and how rigorous and demanding the course is however through CAS I was able to maintain some form of activity that will maintain a balanced, and healthy lifestyle. As an athlete I would do anything to play sport or to exercise, and through years of experience, if there was one component of fitness that I’d like to maintain, then it would definitely be my cardiovascular endurance. This is essential in almost all sports; therefore, whenever I have the opportunity to take part in an activity, I would not be left behind because of my endurance. So through developing my cardiovascular fitness in CAS, I am still able to maintain that level of skill.
Throughout my first year in IB, despite all the long nights and piles of homework and assignments, I still managed to make the SEASAC Football and Basketball team competing in both regional and international competitions. In year 13, I am planning to begin my last personal exercise program which involves basketball. This exercise program will begin as soon as year 13 begins and will last all the way up to the end of the Basketball Season in early March of 2018.
For service, I have completed 1 out of the 3 requirements, which is the Jakarta Marathon Fundraiser. The other two requirements are going to be completed very shortly, most probably by the end of term 1 in year 13. It is Optimal Health and Student Council Executive. I have been a part of this program throughout my entire time in year 12, and will run further into year 13 when we will officially hand over the CAS Service Group, and mentor the future student council executives to the upcoming year 12s.
For the Jakarta Marathon, I raised money for Sekolah Bisa, around Rp. 27,000,000. This money was then used to purchase supplies and pay wages necessary to keep the school running. In Optimal Health, we have conducted 3 main projects and many secondary projects. Our main projects included rice rack, vaccination and dentist, and the secondary projects included fundraisers, logo update, and advertising video. Lastly, for Student Council executive, we have been working with a wide range of people including students, teachers, board of governors, PTA, Cafeteria Staff, Admissions Office, Business Director, and Head of IT. We have also been working with the primary student council. Our aims this year were to host events throughout the year that aimed to breakdown the barriers between year groups and build a more integrated school community that would boost school spirit. We also focused on, this year to a greater extent than last year, on the not so obvious issues that students aren’t very familiar with. This includes the traffic system, communication between faculties, technology issues, transparency, and generally being more involved in discussions with higher ranked individuals of the school.
If there was one thing that I gained through these service projects is that it had improved my confidence. These service projects have led me to communicate and deal with a wide range of people, from friends, to students, to teachers, to higher ranked individuals in the school that I may or may not have met or spoken with before. Therefore, these experiences have taught me how I need to present myself in front of different audiences in the workplace.
During these projects, many challenges were easily avoided through the use of technology. For all three of my service projects, technology has made our jobs so much easier. We use technology for communication when keeping in contact with third parties or donators (Jakarta Marathon) and even students and teachers (Student Council Executive). We use technology to keep meeting minutes for Optimal Health and Student Council Executive. We use technology to keep track of information and things we do, this is probably most evident in Optimal Health where we had to keep a file that records all the Students of Sekolah Bisa’s medical history. Technology, due to its accessibility, communication purposes, the cloud (for saved files), and research has helped my three projects services tremendously. I don’t think my service projects would be as successful if it wasn’t for the use of technology!