Good afternoon parents, teachers, and fellow students. My name is Pegah Abyaneh, and I am in eighth grade. Today I have prepared a presentation for you about my most valuable C/A/S/ experience: horseback riding. From the time I have spent with horses during my weekly lessons, I have learned numerous important life lessons.

First of all, I have learned that it is important to forget the past and to stay in the present moment. During one of my lessons, I refused to canter because I felt that the horse I was on had too much energy. I recalled the lesson where I was on a horse with excessive energy that wouldn’t listen to me, and remembered that I fell as I was cantering. With that memory, I held myself back when I really could have learned how to deal with an energetic horse. I now know that I should always listen to my instructor and never to hold myself back, because how will I ever learn if I’m constantly living the past?

Second of all, the other important lesson I have learned is that taking informed risks is critical. I’ve learned that if I’m assigned a horse I’ve never ridden before, I shouldn’t judge its behaviour based on what I’ve seen and/or heard, but rather I should try out the horse for myself and make my decision based on my experiences.

Third of all, I’ve also learned that everybody in a community should do their fair share of work; everybody in a community needs to do what is asked of them.

In conclusion, horseback riding has also given me the golden opportunity to develop as an IB learner. “Risk-taker”, “caring”, “principled”: these are just a few of the IB learner attributes that I have gained personal growth in. I hope that in the future, I will learn more fascinating life lessons and be of more assistance to this wonderfully caring community so dear to me that I am so very fortunate to be a part of. Thank you.