I had my final CAS interview with my mentor last week, where I had the chance to reflect on everything that has happened in terms of CAS in the past 1.5 years, as well as talk about the sustainability of all the aspects of my CAS.
I think creativity was extremely crucial in helping me carry out my service projects and events successfully. It made me think of new and innovative ways to approach certain issues, such as how my friends and I wanted to teach the girls from The Girl Effect: English and Math in such a way that they could gain the most out of our lessons. Similarly, my friends and I used creativity in CAS Baking as we needed to develop the recipes by ourselves or change recipes we found online according to the ingredients available to us. For CISV events and Architecture for Nature, I made us of creativity to maximize the quality of the outcomes of the various events. I think creativity can be integral to positive change due to my own experiences in the many creativity projects that I have participated in.
Activity has played a major role in my past year and a half in IB, particularly because it has allowed to relieve stress despite all my schoolwork. I have also been able to develop my exercise skills and challenged myself to try new things. I was always consistent in bringing my PE kit to PE lesson in school, therefore I never missed a Nike Fitness session. However, I was not able to achieve my target of reducing my RHR (resting heart rate) from 68bpm to 60bpm, but I have instead decreased it to 63bpm. It may have been due to the fact that I did not exercise regularly during school breaks, and we only had PE lessons twice every 2 weeks. Activity in CAS helped me discover a passion for working out and being active, which I never would have thought I had.
In Girl Effect: English and Math, my friends and I were able to teach the girls a wide range of things, for instance, we taught them how to count, as well as different foods and body parts in English. My friends in charge of math also helped them in topics they were struggling in at school, just as simplifying and multiplying fractions. However, we did not have as many sessions as we would have wanted, in order for the girls to gain the most out of them. The same case goes for CAS Baking, since we were heavily dependent on other CAS projects, so we would only bake for the Sekolah Bisa kids if the other CAS projects were having a session. There was also a lack of communication between CAS Baking and the other projects, but nevertheless, my friends and I were still able to develop our baking skills, and the Sekolah Bisa kids seemed to enjoy our food. I am extremely satisfied with the outcome of my CISV events, as they were all successful. Planning events for CISV has developed my leadership and organizational skills, both of which I think will be extremely helpful in the future. As I got used to planning and running my service projects, I found that it required less time for me to organize everything. Additionally, these projects have opened my eyes further to certain issues that were right in front of me, such as equal opportunities to education, and access to food, especially since Indonesia suffers from poverty. It gave me a chance to actually reach out to people in need, and contribute to solving these issues. My friends and I used technology to communicate with one another, as well as with the other people involved in our projects, such as the girls from The Girl Effect, in order to schedule our sessions. The Girl Effect: English and Math has been passed down to a group of Year 12 students, and they are currently running regular sessions with the girls. Unfortunately, CAS Baking has not been taken over by any of the Year 12 students, and therefore is not sustainable. I think that CISV events are sustainable, since it is an international organization, and there are currently over 500 participants from Indonesia itself, so the responsibilities will continuously be passed down to the younger generations.
Although CAS is finished, it does not mean that I will stop engaging in the 3 aspects of CAS, as I think it is crucial for me to develop my personal skills in life. I hope to participate in or start similar projects like CAS Baking and The Girl Effect in the future, which can create a more significant difference in the world. CAS has made me recognize my privileges, and use them to help those who may not have the same privileges.