2015 Spring Break – Costa Rica Service Trip

This spring break, I went to Costa Rica with other 31 Mulgrave students (Grade 9 and 10), and 4 Mulgrave teachers. This service trip is organized by the same organization which organized the Ecuador Service Trip I went last spring break. For this service trip, the project is saving the sea turtles on the pacific coast and the Caribbean coast, Costa Rica. We need to save them because they are endangered since people are stealing the eggs, or killed the sea turtles for other uses.

It was a very fun and remarkable experience. We worked as a whole team when we are moving sand bags, we took care of the sick ones, and we enjoyed our time of living together. I also learned a lot about the sea turtles, and it was really amazing to be able to see two of them actually laying eggs during the night. I challenged myself by getting out of my comfort zone because the weather at Costa Rica was very hot and humid, and I’ve never experienced weather like that, so it was a big challenge for me. At the second place, all thirty-two people lived in one room and shared two toilets and showers. It was an amusing experiment because none of us have experienced this before. Everyone was squished into this tiny room with many bunk beds. Some of our bunk beds actually broke when we slept on them, so we had to replace it or sleep with someone else.

In general, this was an interesting and fun trip because I got to experience what lives are like in a different country and I was able to contribute in making some positive changes in that country with my help. If it is possible, I would like to go on some more trips like this or contribute in making changes in the world through organizations like Me to We.

My CAS Commitment so Far


West Vancouver Community

  • Pumpkin Fest
    • October 1st Orientation 6:00-7:00pm (Minor)
    • October 4th Child minding 6:30-9:30pm (Minor)
    • October 5th Set up & Family Zone 8:00-11:30am (Minor)
  • Christmas
    • December 5th Craft Table 4:30-6:00pm (Minor)
    • December 6th Pancake 8:30-1:30pm (Minor)

Mulgrave School

  • November 11th Remembrance Day 10:00-1:00pm (Minor)
  • We Are Rafikis (sold 15) (Minor)
  • Costa Rica Trip (Major)
  • Student Ambassador (Major)
  • House boards decoration (Minor)
  • Every Monday Mandarin Buddies 3:35-4:15pm (Major)
  • September 21st Welcome back BBQ 1:00-3:15pm (Minor)


  • Every Saturday Swimming 4:00-5:30pm (Major)
  • Twice a week Basketball 4:00-5:30pm and 7:00-8:00am (Major)
  • Every Saturday Snowboarding 12:00-2:00pm (Minor)
  • Horse bike riding (still deciding) (Major)
  • Golf (Minor)
  • Duke Edinburgh (Bronze) (Major)


  • Every Tuesday and Friday Piano 8:00-8:45pm (Major)
  • Every Wednesday Theory Class 5:00-5:45pm (Major)
  • Every Sunday Art lesson 1:00-3:00pm (Major)
  • Every Tuesday and Thursday Concert Band 8:00-9:15am, and 1:30-2:05pm (Major)
  • Every other Thursday Art Council 1:15-1:35pm (Major)
  • Every Tuesday and Friday Jazz Choir 3:30-5:00pm, and 7:45-8:30pm (Major)
  • Every Wednesday and Friday Concert Choir 1:30-2:05pm, and 1:30-2:30pm (Major)
  • Every Tuesday ARTattack (my own club) 1:15-2:05pm (Major)
  • Every Thursday Art of Today elective 2:05-3:35pm (Major)
  • Every Wednesday Music Combo elective 2:05-3:35pm (Major)


My CAS Commitments So Far


Student Ambassordor (Major)

West Vancouver Community Center (Major)

Mandarin Buddies (Major)

Sepcial Events at WVCC (Minor)

Welcome Back BBQ (Minor)

Open House (Minor)

GEO Costa Rica Trip (Minor)



Art Lesson (Major)

Piano Lesson (Major)

Art of Today (Elective, Major)

Music Combo (Elective, Major)

Vocal Jazz (Major)

Concert Choir (Major)

Concert Band  (Major)

T-club (Minor)

Art Counsil (Minor)

House board decorations (Minor)



Swimming (Major)

Badminton team (Major)

Snowboarding (Major)

Golf (Major)

K-pop Dancing Club (Minor)






Final Reflection 1

Did you meet your CAS goals? What are you most proud of? What would you change if you did it again? What CAS ideas do you have for the summer or next year?

I met most of my CAS goals this year. My  first goal (Academic) is to get a 5/6 in every subjects, I don’t know about term 2, but for term 1, I achieve 70 percent of it , and there are still two or three subjects that are 4s, so I work on those subjects these terms. And I think everything went pretty well, so I am excited to see my report card because I think I could get a better mark in those subjects for term 2. For my CAS goal, I am feeling really good with it because I got a lot of activities for each category, but something I still need improve is to have some more action and service. I have 6 Creativity, 4 Action, and 4 Service. So for next year I want to keep the creativity, maybe add some to it , and do more action and service. Otherwise I think I did a pretty good job for my CAS, and I had achieve 95 percent of my CAS goals. For my socializing goal, I said to make a lot of friends at Mulgrave, and fortunately I achieve this goal 100 percent! I made a lot of friends, and at first I only talk to Chinese, or Korean friends, but then I start to talk to other students too. I start to join in the conversation they have during electives. And I have made tons of close friends too. My last goal is to get better at piano and flute. I changed a piano teacher at the beginning of the year, and he is a fabulous and professional pianist. He taught me a lot of new techniques on how to play piano, and both my parents and he said that I had improved a lot on piano. I play much better now, so I think I achieve my goal for get better at piano!! For flute, I also feel that I improved a lot because I can play the flute much clear now, before I didn’t have enough air to blow the flute , so I was always out of breath. Now I still have the air problem, but that much because I know how to control the air from getting away more, and I could blow the note longer, and longer. Something I also improved on flute is sight reading. Before I need a finger sheet to figure out which note is which on the music, but now I don’t really need it because I could recognize the note on the music sheet immediately, and play it. So I am very happy about both my improvements on piano and flute!!!

I am most proud of becoming more sociable, and self- aware for this year. However, if I have a chance to do everything again, I am going to work on my time management for homework. So I could get more time for my CAS, some outdoor activities, hobbies, and rest. In the summer I am going to practice guitar  so I am ready for the performing art circle at the beginning of the year. I am also going to work on my English which is to read more books, and I am going to take English tutor in China. Other than English tutor, I am also going to take art tutor, and I am also going to work on some art works which I will use for multiple art competitions. I might also take dance lesson at the same time, since I don’t want to forget how to dance after the long break. I would also work on singing during the summer. There are a lot of things waiting for me to do in summer , and I am ready for it !!!!!!!



Report card review

Today, I got my report card. I am not really happy with it, but I achieved some of my goal marks. I am one mark away from the honor roll, so for term 2 my goal is to get into honor roll, if it is possible maybe in principal list, but if I want to achieve these goals, I need to work very hard. I looked at my report card, and I realized that subjects I must improve are Science, P.E., and English, and I need to improve all of my subject marks in order to get into honor roll (maybe principal list). I need to make a lot of improvements. I need to participate class conversation more during class time, and ask teacher if have any questions. I am ready to work as hard as I can for term 2 !





# Major Commitments
long-term commitments that support the 8 Learning Outcomes (noted below)

CAS Learning Outcome(s)
Time Commitment  (estimate) Service Commitment Type (Service ONLY):
1 Local/Global Impact
2 School-based initiative
*Please put a “C” in  service section for the Collaborative Group Project
Set a goal(s) for each commitment to help you achieve your CAS eFolio expectations and 8 Learning Outcomes (noted below)
1 Piano Creativity Develop new skills in piano, and play more new pieces. Full year, 45 minutes class twice per week   Try my best to play each piece as perfect as I could. And learn more new techniques with the new teachers. Continuing practicing everyday, and put more effort into the practices.
2 Me to We GEO Trip Service Do services during the GEO trip. Help the people at Ecuador, help them cleaning, help them on what issues they had in their everyday life (Don’t have a proper shelter, don’t have enough food, or water. Don’t have time or opportunity to study. We can teach them some culture in Canada, China, and other countries and languages, too). Tow weeks during the Spring Break. Local/Global Impact I never been in a GEO Trip before, but I read the information on the list, and the video that other people took during the trip, and I think this trip will be awesome. Participate actively during the trip; try to help other people solve their problems at Ecuador. And participating in-group discussion more during the trip.
3 Art Lesson Creativity Learn some more new techniques with my teacher, and learn some more different types of art, such as watercolor. Full year, 2 hours class per week   Learn the different types of art, and also continuing on what I know already (oil painting, sketching, manga, etc.). Something I really want to work on is my sketching skill since for the past year, I am doing oil painting, and with a little bit sketching, so I really want to develop my sketching skills this year.
4 Golf Action Practice more, and learn more new skills. Full year, 2 hours class per week   Keep practicing every week, and never get lazy. If it is possible I want to join the golf team (if my time allows me to), and so I can practice more on golf.
5 West Vancouver Community Center Service Communicate, and help other people in our community. 4 hours   Register at West Vancouver Community Center, and help other people in our community, and make some more new friends. And be more actively, and talk more during the service time.
6 Dance (Hip-Pop, and Street Dance) Creativity Continue learning Hip-Pop, and learn different styles of Hip-Hop, and do my best. Full year, 2 hours class per week (1 hour for Hip-pop, and 1 hour for Street Dance)   Continue learning Hip-Pop, and Street Dance and learn different style of Hip-hop, try my best in the class, and be more active during class. Share my thoughts with my classmates, and my teachers. Learn some dancing tricks if it is possible.
7 Concert Band  (elective, and normal practice) Creativity Continue play flute, and learn more skills. Try to play some percussion instruments, too. Full year, 2.5 hours per week.   Practice flute more in order to advance my skills, and ask teacher when there is confusion. Don’t be shy. And I want to try to play some percussion music too, so I can learn different instruments.
# Minor Commitments
short-term  commitments, especially appropriate for new experiences or learning

CAS Learning Outcome(s)
Time Commitment  (estimate) Service Commitment Type (Service ONLY):
1 Local/Global Impact
2 School-based initiative
*Please put a “C” in  service section for the Collaborative Group Project
Set a goal(s) for each commitment to help you achieve your CAS eFolio expectations and 8 Learning Outcomes (noted below)
1 Services at school Service Find services to do at school, such as help cleaning the art room, open house, translator, etc. 2 hours School-based initiative Help others in Mulgrave community. Help to create a clean space for students to study, and introduce Mulgrave to other people.
2 Badminton Action Play Badminton, and practice it, and develop new strategies. 2 hours per week   Play Badminton, and if it is possible, join the Badminton team. If don’t, then don’t give it up, keep on practicing and playing by myself.
3 Textile and Design (Elective) Creativity Make some interesting products. Full year, 1.5 hours per week   Since it is my first time trying textile, so I want to try my best, if I make a mistake, then that’s fine. I could always restart the product. Ask the teacher if there is any question, and hope by the end of this year, I could learn some sewing techniques.
4 Choir Creativity Sing with others, and sing out loud. Fully year, 1.5 hours per week   Sing out loud, don’t be shy, since there are a lot of people singing at the same time. Learn some singing techniques, too because sometimes when I sing I might run out of breath, or I couldn’t reach the high note.  So I hope I could learn some new singing skills from Ms.By.