DP-CAS eFOLIO YEAR-END REFLECTIONS
Student Name: Lauren Forster Grade/ Advisor Group: Diana Ferreira
DP G12 YEAR-END CAS eFOLIO REFLECTION
|6 Reflection Prompts||Notes|
|OUTCOMES: Which of the 8 Learning Outcomes did you find the most interesting or relevant to you/your experiences? Why?||For me, self-awareness is the most relevant learning outcome. Not because it dominated my commitments over the other learning outcomes, although it did have a large impact, but rather because I feel each other learning outcome resulted in further awareness of myself. Whether my commitments be global or local, new interests or developments on existing ones, they all culminated in extending my self-knowledge and awareness of what I like and dislike. Furthermore my personal awareness of other skills was developed as well, such as insight into how I work with teams versus how I work on my own, or how I do in leadership positions of various scales.|
|WOW: Greatest “take-aways”(From which activity/activities do you feel you learned the most? Why? )||Learning to knit was a useful take-away for me as it was a new experience, as was kickboxing. Duke of Edinburgh and being part of TEDxids were interesting as they presented completely unique challenges. However, I feel I truly learned the most from being a Senior Prefect. This stems from the “real world” nature of the team, as I feel the things I learned about leading a team and working with different demographics are easily applicable to my life post-graduation and my professional life.|
|HOW: Questions that have emerged for you||I wonder how my experiences with the DP CAS program will affect my life post-graduation. I am curious about whether I will be able to continue some of my commitments in university, such as choir and kickboxing.|
|NOW: What next? How will you follow-up? Next step(s)?||While I may be unable to continue some of the less accessible commitments, I plan to use the techniques and skills I learned in other areas of my life. I plan to use the ideals instilled in me by CAS to continue to balance my life through academics, creativity, action and service.|
|SHARE: 1 excerpt, post or artifact related to a CAS experience||This is a photo of me and my Duke of Edinburgh group on our Gold Level trip in June. Despite my trepidation that has always surrounded the idea of being isolated away from civilization, this program was a major highlight of my high school and CAS experience. I think of it as the turning point at which I became more open to my other CAS commitments, and past that my high school life as a whole.|
|SO WHAT: Now that it’s over, do you see any value in this CAS eFolio thing?||At times, CAS seemed like a burden with no purpose. Any DP student can tell you about the stress of keeping up with CAS commitments while balancing our already hectic academic schedule, and fitting in a social life to keep us sane and ease our stress. However, when finishing the program, I do realize how beneficial the CAS program really was to my personal and academic life. It not only provided me with an outlet to pour my energy into as a break from school, and allowed me to meet people I never would have encountered otherwise, but furthermore instilled in me ideals that I have incorporated into the way I live. Action commitments, for example, were never something I was very interested in. Sports and exercise seemed like a waste of time to me which I could be spending reading or working on something creative, regardless of the clear health benefits they provide. After being encouraged by the CAS program to incorporate these kind of commitments into my life, I can say I’m now used to them and appreciate them far better than I have before. It is these kind of small changes that I believe are the true value of the CAS program, as they impact not only my time in the DP but my life post-graduation and into the future.|
Being part of the senior prefects has been one of the highlights of my grad year. Not only do I have the opportunity of bettering the school as I whole, every week I learn new organizational and leadership skills. This year Jena and I have been busy with grad committee, but I’ve also made sure to stay on track with our senior prefect duties. This spans from taking charge with our prefect groups to ensuring all prefect duties are filled, from taking minutes or running agenda in meetings to heading events with our portfolio or grade rep partner. Cam and I, the grade 10-12 reps, have run several events this year for our assigned grades. We’ve just finished the grade 10 course selection sessions, in which we got our prefect group to organize grads to talk to interested 10s for half an hour about a given course. Last year this was very popular with the current grade 11s so we expected a sizable response, but unfortunately interest seemed to peter out after the first couple of sessions. It’s understandable as the 10s are busy and this generation of that grade seems to be extremely self-sufficient, but I know how much work my team put into it and how excited the grads were to give advice. I’m not bitter about it and I just hope that next year the response is greater so as not to lose that advantage for future generations!
Our LEGO volunteering course is going well; we have over 20 students this term! We’ve added another volunteer, (a friend of the course leader) bringing the total up to four class leaders with Sarah and I in major leadership positions with the kids. I’m finding it easier to help the children with more volunteers, as we can each spend more time with the individual kids as opposed to supervising the room as a whole. This is my biggest longstanding commitment, and I’m excited to continue it into 2015.
As the grad committee representatives in Senior Prefect, Jena and my role really began at the start of our senior year. Hosting meetings every two Mondays, we’ve been delegating roles and planning events for several months now and I find I’m more excited about this year as a result.
My role is essentially to host meetings as act as a liason between the Senior Prefect team and the grad committee. While many people seem to think Jena and I are the people to come to with questions about grad events, we don’t actually plan events ourselves except for giving input.
So far the main objectives for the grad committee are grad jackets, led by Freya and Bridget, and the grad Christmas tree sale led by Rasmus, Terry and Thomas. I find myself playing a greater role in these events than I expected, but an enjoyable one. The only problem I could see coming would be if a group needed extra help and Jena and I were too busy, but all is well for now.
Now that the year is beginning to wrap up, I thought it would be a good idea to post a final reflection on my service, creativity, and action commitments for this year. Hopefully, writing down material on how each commitment has been going/has gone will help create some material for an end-of-year grade 12 post should I need inspiration.
I’d like to start with the Mulgrave Pins and Needles Club, aka the knitting club I’m a part of. Although it has admittedly been a bit fractured throughout the year, (rightfully, due to this being the first year of the club and our busy grade 11 schedule) I have enjoyed the time I’ve spent knitting and developed a skill I definitely did not possess before this year.
Choir has been my biggest creativity commitment this year, and continues to be a commitment I enjoy and find easy to keep up. The biweekly practices don’t usually pose a problem due to the fact that they’re before school, and I can still say that it’s something I enjoy and is easy to do with my friends. This means that it’ll be a good commitment for next year, if x block doesn’t interfere!
Duke of Edinburgh has been more prevalent than ever this year, due to the fact that it’s our gold level so the “pressure” is higher. By that I mean the organization and carry-out of the journey/practice journey are more difficult as it’s an extended period of time, and it’s harder to work on as our workload school-wise has increased in size and difficulty. Committing more time to it has made me fully realize it’s importance in my life, and I hope that our trip mirrors the experience I’ve had with it up to now!
Volunteering at the West Vancouver Community Centre might be my biggest service commitment this year, as I go every week. Happy to say that I still enjoy it and am benefiting from working with children! It’s surprising how seeing the world through their eyes can make everything seem so much simpler.
Green Team has been fun this year, and I believe we are making more progress than we have in past years. Although it’s been switched around a bit because of scheduling issues, I hope that it continues to be a part of my school life in grade 12. We’ll see!
I can honestly say that kickboxing has been an eye-opening experience for me this year. As my major action commitment, kickboxing has not only exposed me to a completely new sport but shown me that I have the potential to take up new things later in life and still grow and find things I’m good at. Although some worry that such a recent commitment won’t look good on a university application, where commitment to a long-term entity is the preference, I can’t help but wonder if the novelty of saying that I “kickbox”, as opposed to the traditional soccer and volleyball, could also be beneficial.
Mulgrave News Team is probably my favourite commitment for this year. I get an opportunity to work with my friends, do something I enjoy, create content, and showcase ourselves to the upper school. The only negative comment I’d have on it is that I wish we had the time to make more installments. The hectic schedule and workload of IB really eat up our free time, so it’s hard to produce enough content to be recognized fully. Not sure the plan for this next year, but I’d love not to have to pass on the torch quite yet.
Senior Prefect is a commitment that I didn’t fully expect or understand until I became a part of it. This is without a doubt my most rigorous and academically rewarding commitment, as playing a key role in the upper school is not as easy as it looks. And it’s not even our senior year yet! I’m looking forward to exploring this further next year, and hopefully developing my leadership skills and team-based learning to help the school run as smoothly as possible.
In terms of minor commitments, my view on them this year was that I would do them as extra commitments if I had the time. I actually took on three minors despite the lack of obligation. I partook in Zoom Film Festival, my favourite minor of this year, and learned a lot about my abilities in film and working in a group setting. I was a volunteer for an Oppenheimer Park excursion in which we helped provide necessities to the residents of a less fortunate section of East Vancouver, which was my most engaging and change-making minor. Lastly, I was a volunteer for the Grade 7 Science Fair with Jena. This commitment was one of the more interesting, as I got to see what the fair was like from the “other side” of the judging table.
I should mention yoga as well. Originally my goal was to do yoga throughout the year, however other commitments and conflicts came up. I’m not sure whether to count it as a minor, but I thought I would write about it just in case it does count for something. I think that yoga is something that is great for people who have the time, because it really does calm you down a lot! This would be perfect for next year when stress amps up even more, however I’m not sure that I’ll have the time. More on this next year? To be continued…
Hopefully more to come!
Recently I’ve been accepted into Mulgrave’s Senior Prefects for next year! This is a pretty big deal as the race was tight, especially for the girls. Being brought into the select group of student who will help lead the school next year is very exciting for me, and I believe being at Mulgrave since kindergarten will help a lot in terms of understanding how the school functions. I’ve been put in charge of grades 10-12 with Cam Henderson, and in terms of subject area I got the area of grad committee with Jena Roper. Looking forward to the rest of this year and my gr 12 year, where we’ll have a larger role in the student body.
Today I volunteered with Jena to help out during the first block of the grade 7 science celebration. As Jena was the “runner”, keeping track of students and making sure they make their slot, I was the photographer and tried to get as many pictured as I could of judges and students. One challenge I noticed was trying to get candid shots, as both the students and judges were hyper-aware of the camera and sometimes it threw them off or they looked directly at the lens. Overall the experience was a good one, and I would volunteer for it next year if a spot is open.
A picture of myself, Sarah Halldorson, and a homeless man who played guitar while we handed out goods to the homeless in East Vancouver. Dan, the guitarist, was more than happy to take a picture upon my request as we got him talking about his band.
The event took place Friday night, in which we packed empty cooking tins with toiletries, chocolate, and kleenex, and Saturday morning to afternoon.
On Saturday, (yesterday) we handed out the tins as well as oranges, cookies, clothing, a bunch of different sandwiches we made, and bags to a long line of homeless. I’m always surprised at how kind and polite they are, and it really makes me feel grateful for what I have. I love seeing how grateful they are and having conversations with people that I otherwise wouldn’t have the opportunity to.
This year I’m part of the Mulgrave TV news team- a group that puts together a short broadcast every so often to act as an updater for all of the students. I’m excited about this because not only is it working with some of my friends, it is something that I enjoy doing outside of school. I’ll hopefully be the cinematographer meaning that I get to do the filming and not have to act, something that I don’t enjoy quite as much. Although we haven’t begun filming yet, some ideas have been thrown around for our first broadcast and hopefully there will be many updates to come!