Final CAS Reflection

Nearing the end of my time as a DP2 IB student, its time to recap my CAS experiences and prove that I have gone beyond the requirements.

At the beginning of each year (DP1 and DP2), I wrote down my objectives for Creativity Actions and Service, and its interesting to see how I’ve met these goals, and sometimes veered off in a different direction, and fulfilled goals I couldn’t even think of at the start of the year.

Creativity

Looking back on my goals for creativity, it’s encouraging to see that I have achieved my goals, and exceeded my initial expectations. Having reflected on the blog regarding my progress as a piano player, I am satisfied with my success at live performances, and my improvement in pianistic techniques. However, while I am glad that I undertook the challenge of becoming a better pianist and playing for live audiences, it has also led me to identify areas for growth in my learning. Now that I have experience playing live, and have a better understanding of how to cope with mistakes during the heat of the moment, I aim to take a more central and frequent role in these performances next year, as a DP2 musician.

-DP 1 Final Reflection

After trying many new things musically last year, I’m happy to see that I have maintained my commitment to these skills, and kept them up, as I believe a major part of CAS is follow through on the new activities you may try.

While maintaining my commitment to playing the piano, I am also really grateful
that I got the opportunity to expand my knowledge of music, by developing new skills as a violinist. As this was a CAS goal made at the beginning of the year, however, I am a little disappointed at how long it took me to organize a teacher and start my lessons, as it left me no time for reflection on the blog.

-DP 1 Final Reflection

Despite a rocky start to my goal of learning to play the violin, I made much more progress during DP2. It took some planning and initiative to organize the lessons, and play the kind of music I wanted, but I’m glad I continued and tried to fulfill my objectives,as it helped me develop new skills as a musician.

A large part of my creativity hours, however, came about due to activities and events that I did not plan to be a part of, but felt a personal desire to try. MUN and Bugsy Malone (backstage crew) are two main events that became a spontaneous addition to my CAS blog. With MUN, I demonstrated my perseverance and commitment to an activity that had overwhelmed me the year before.

-DP 1 Final Reflection

Continuing this tradition of trying new and completely different activities, this year, I became a part of a DP2 dance group. Despite IAs and rapidly approaching exams, a group of us seniors banded together and set out to win our school talent show. This resulted in many lunch time and after school practices, learning and developing a skill I only really exercised at our school dance. My favorite memory of this experience is collaborating and coming up with ideas for new moves, and all the team spirit we had that led us to our third place victory.

Another new and different skill I developed this year is working on InDesign and Photoshop for Yearbook. I joined Yearbook so that I could help design and create all the memories we will later remember about high school, and ended up creating some new memories as well. Aside from this, I really enjoyed collaborating with the other members when we cape up with a theme and overall design – it really gave me the sense that the Yearbook would belong to us.

Action

At the beginning of the year, I was eager to try a different form of action – dance. While I was very enthusiastic to learn, however, I did not find a class to my liking.

-DP 1 Final Reflection

At the beginning of DP1, I was determined to start dance, but never got the opportunity to pursue this objective. This year, however, as I talked about above, I joined a dance group that our senior class formed and discovered that it was even more fulfilling than taking dance classes by myself, because of our group spirit and collaboration and communication.

Yoga taught me the importance of having a calm mindset and exercising your muscles to remain healthy. It was a very different area of action compared to badminton, the sport that I have been committed to for the past few years.

-DP 1 Final Reflection

End of Year CAS Reflection

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As the end of this academic year nears, looking back at my initial CAS goals, and the eight learning outcomes for CAS, makes me realize how much I have grown and accomplished this year, as well as the ways in which my aspirations changed and veered in new directions.
FullSizeRender-2Looking back on my goals for creativity, it’s encouraging to see that I have achieved my goals, and exceeded my initial expectations. Having reflected on the blog regarding my progress as a piano player, I am satisfied with my success at live performances, and my improvement in pianistic techniques. However, while I am glad that I undertook the challenge of becoming a better pianist and playing for live audiences, it has also led me to identify areas for growth in my learning.Now that I have experience playing live, and have a better understanding of how to cope with mistakes during the heat of the moment, I aim to take a more central and frequent role in these performances next year, as a DP2 musician.

While maintaining my commitment to playing the piano, I am also really grateful 1that I got the opportunity to expand my knowledge of music, by developing new skills as a violinist. As this was a CAS goal made at the beginning of the year, however, I am a little disappointed at how long it took me to organize a teacher and start my lessons, as it left me no time for reflection on the blog. For next year, I plan to take more initiative when pursuing any CAS activity, so that I have time to blog in detail about it, over the course of the semesters.

Screen Shot 2016-02-15 at 8.25.23 PMA large part of my creativity hours, however, came about due to activities and events that I did not plan to be a part of, but felt a personal desire to try. MUN and Bugsy Malone (backstage crew) are two main events that became a spontaneous addition to my CAS blog. With MUN, I demonstrated my perseverance and commitment to an activity that had overwhelmed me the year before. Deciding to participate a second time allowed me to experience the activity in a new light, made more enjoyable by my prior knowledge and new friends. Volunteering for the backstage crew in our school musical, however, was an entirely new challenge for me, one that turned out to be very rewarding. Aside from teaching me new skills, this event showed me what it is like to be part of OSC, and revel in the school spirit.

Looking back on my goals for action, it is apparent that this is the are where myScreen Shot 2016-02-17 at 8.19.56 PM plans for the year changed significantly, taking me in new athletic directions that I had never thought of before. At the beginning of the year, I was eager to try a different form of action – dance. While I was very enthusiastic to learn, however, I did not find a class to my liking. Determined to develop new skills athletically, however, I joined yoga with my friends during the second semester. Rather different from dance, yoga taught me the importance of having a cal mindset and exercising your muscles to remain healthy. It was a very different area of action compared to badminton, the sport that I have been committed to for the past few years. Badminton allowed me to improve my strengths in technical aspects, such as succeeding in a smash shot, and enabled me to compete with friends in an activity I really enjoyed. Despite my athletic achievements, however, I wish I had been able to play sports more competitively, like in SAISA, something I am planning on working towards for next year.

HFKLooking back on my goals for service, I am glad to report that I have committed to “Hope for Kids” the entire year, a feat made very easy by the wonderful kids and dedicated group members. In the presence of my peers, who are so familiar with this cause, and determined to improve it, as well as my supervisors, who care about us as much as the kids at the hospital, it is impossible to see my service as a mere CAS requirement. Hope for Kids has definitely made me want to contribute to other service projects during my own time, which I think would be a good way to develop as a person, outside of CAS requirements.

For next year, I I plan to use all my ideas from the end of this year, as well as any new ideas I may have over the summer, to figure out new CAS goals.