Here are some highlights from CAS students’ blogging…
These “OH” moments have been happening in CAS a lot recently. I guess that means I’m doing it right, the whole “participation with a purpose” and “experiential learning” concept, because if I wasn’t, I wouldn’t be making all these mistakes and coming up with ways to correct them.
I wouldn’t say ‘OH’ as often as I have been.
And it would all be pretty useless then, wouldn’t it?” (Shivali)
“The Black Case.
“Each one of you is going to get one that he is going to use for the whole year, but some of them have no cases” he said.
I was at the corner praying that I get the one with a case. Suddenly, he was in front of me handing a black case. So enchanted I opened it, and inside…inside….ahh… a brown fashioned solid wood, hollow acoustic, with a neck and body that creates resonance and tones by its strings stressed was looking at me. I fell in love with it that I could see my future with this new lover.
Although I saw frets and strings on the guitar and got a bit frighten, I thought it was as simple as Mr. Loschi played it. I was excited and ready to learn how to play it. After learning A’s, D’s and E on the first day my fingers freaked the whole week. When chasing a dream, there is no telling how many miles you can run. Despite the fact that my fingers tried to be an obstacle for me to achieve my goals, after three weeks of practice, I can play two songs and I am looking forward to learn as many songs as possible.” (Irene)
“CAS, in my opinion, is expanding those broaden horizons which, in this technological generation, has been narrowed down to superficial means. Going beyong helping our own IST community and ourselves but instead creating long lasting connections with local women’s groups, AIDS funds, NGO’s, orphanages and creating a lasting impact, not donating a couple of hundred bucks and then leaving them in the dust. CAS is about creating, about using our talents and fueling it. About expressing anger, pain, love and other feelings that the IB brings out in us, either through a strenuous football game, a swim meet, a fruitful MUN debate, a dance workshop or a day with disabled children. CAS is a form of expression. CAS for lack of better comparison, “a path to self-discovery”. CAS is not about the IBO, it’s not about your supervisors, CAS is about you, your goals, your impact, your achievments. CAS is what you make it to be, nothing more nothing less. So what does CAS mean. It means you. Every aspect of you.” (Asli)
Here’s the deal…
I love my guitar, and I love getting to play it even more. However, I found out that training for the Mt. Kilimanjaro trip will be taking place at the same time as guitar club will. Difficult decision? Yes. Big time.
I decided though, that I can always play my guitar outside of school. There’s nothing particularly unique about Guitar Club that makes it a ‘once in a lifetime’ type of activity. The chance to climb Mt. Kili however, is pretty much a once in a lifetime opportunity. Sure, I could always do it next year, but there’s the chance that I might be too busy in school to find time to do as many extra-curricular activities as I can this year. That, and I really like the idea of climbing Africa’s tallest mountain.
That being said, I know that there’s zero guarantee that I’ll even make the final cuts for the team, but there’s hope and for now that will do. I’ll try my best to make it and even if I don’t, at least I’ll know that at least I gave it a sincere shot.” (Wendy)
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