I shifted from a Gujarat Board school to pursue the IB Diploma in the 11th grade. One of the most intriguing and interesting parts of the Diploma was the “CAS” component. Ever since I was a little child, I was always involved in some form of curricular activities everyday, so doing it as a part of a school curriculum seemed exciting.
I began my CAS journey by participating in activities that I was used to… like singing, debating, MUNning. I had a lot of fun developing my skills in these. I was exposed to new kinds of competitions where I had to use my skills, and identified areas where I could improve even more.
But as I moved on, CAS helped me get involved in things that were out of my comfort zone. I participated in sports, and activities which involved physical exertion. I learnt the importance of physical activity in maintaining my health, and also had new experiences of doing yoga, going for runs etc.
I also experienced the amazing joy of winning a team sport – Kabbadi! The feeling of unity and pride shared with your team-mates is a feeling which everyone should experience atleast once in their lifetime.
Additionally, CAS also gave me a chance to make the lives of other people better. I participated in various volunteering and tutoring, activities, book drives, plantation activities and other forms of community service which made me reflect on how privileged I am with the opportunities that I have been given. I also realized my duties as a responsible citizen of my country.
Apart from learning, CAS gave me an opportunity to become closer to my new classmates, I went on trips with them where I shared stories, clicked pictures, trekked, and had a lot of fun with my new friends in naggar! This trip made me get a lot of new friends, and create some fantabulous memories for life.
One of the most important things that CAS exposed me to were activities which made me realize my passion. The highlight of my CAS journey was my project called “Make a difference” where we organized events for differently-abled children. Through this activity, I gained insight into the problems faced by people with developmental disabilities and learnt techniques to make this situation better. I found my passion for working to raise mental health awareness!
Through this journey, I have grown tremendously as a person. The best part about this was that I learnt to do everything ethically. When I started, I was scared to try new things or to lead, but as time went on, I became a leader and faced challenges, learnt how to deal with failures, developed my skills in various areas like music, speaking, cooking, tried a lot of new things like kabbadi and in the end, created memories and friends for life!