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CAS Final Reflection 2016

At the start of grade 11, I entered the IB Diploma. I realized that my spare time was limited due to the heavy school work as well as maintaining all the activities I participated. In order to fulfill my schoolwork and my x-country, I talked to the coach about my busy study time so I was not able to participate in some races. I also started to go to gym once or twice a week depending on my schoolwork to exercise to keep my body healthy and strong. However, my exercise pattern stopped temporality during the review time for my final exam. I will continue to exercise after the exam is over.

My activity in arts, particularly in music, continues in both jazz band and concert band. The jazz band size has grown larger in number this year which means that we would be able to play more complex pieces. Our performance during Christmas concert was decent but it still required many improvement, and with continuos practices, we had a wonderful performance in the Jazz festival in Whistler. Though I got less time practicing bass at home due to the heavy school work, I tried my best to attend every rehearsal to keep up with the band performance. I will love to continue jazz band and concert band next year.

This year attended a local community service group called West Vancouver Youth Advisory Council (YAC), an organization that helps raise awareness about local politics among the local youth. Before joining the group, I was unaware of the local political system just like all the other youth. After meeting with all the group member who was passionate about raising awareness of local politics among youth, I gained many knowledge about the local politics and realized the potential of youth in making changes in the political system. However, we couldn’t find a intriguing way of helping youth to understand the complex political system. In order to have a better understanding of local politics, we attended several real council meeting in the West Vancouver Municipal Hall. With the knowledge and understanding of local politics, we presented a mock council meeting among youth during the youth week.  I believe that more efforts can be put in to raise the awareness of local politics among youth and with more preparation we can do better next year.

Final CAS reflection

Throughout the year I felt like collaboration is the learning outcomes that I find the most interesting and relevant to my experiences. As the CAS shown,  I have done both jazz band and concert band. I am the bass player for both band and bass is in rhyme section. The rhyme section requires me to collaborate with the whole band in a steady beat. It also helps me to develop listening skill in music in order to work with the whole band. I learned the most from my teaching my little brother playing the piano. I learned to be patient and generous when teaching a comparably little age kid and during the learning I reviewed many piano skills that I forgot long time ago. Teaching my brother also enhanced the relationship between us since I was gone for two years in US. I really enjoyed teaching my brother. I still have some problems for my service CAS for next year, but I will find something to do during the summer vacation.  I will keep doing all the activities in grade 11 and I will add more activities including school sports like basketball or badminton next year. The personal project is one of the most memorable excerpt in my CAS because this is my first time learning how to cook traditional Sichuan cuisine.

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