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Pegah’s C.A.S. Log and Reflections (Minor)

About this Post Minor Creativity
For the sake of simplicity and ease, I have decided to create two HTML code layouts to use for all of my C.A.S. reflections. This is the second of the two: on it are the reflections for all of my minor C.A.S. commitments. The previous has all of my major C.A.S. reflections.
During the time I’ve spent in the art room, I’ve learned that it’s important to understand that not everybody will have the same skill level that I do in the arts. For example, some of the projects I’ve been assigned in class are too easy for me, but for others they are a challenge. This is important for me to know, as it will keep me from complaining about assignments. If I understand and respect everyone’s abilities, as well as my own, I will be able to complete tasks with peace of mind.
Minor Action Minor Service
So far in lessons, I have learned that I will only advance if I push myself, practice, and always abide by the instructor’s teachings. For example, I have not yet mastered the “snow-plow” stop on the ice. My instructor pointed out that my left leg/foot is dominant, and that in order to master this stop, I must focus on using both of my legs/feet equally. I will only achieve this with more practice and pushing myself to use that right leg more even if I stumble/fall momentarily.
I have chosen to change my minor service commitment to the Quest Food Exchange trip we took as an advising class. I value this trip because it has allowed me to see people’s true cooperative and loving nature in the service of others. Having had an opportunity to see how people can help others really increased my faith in humanity; many of the world’s problems can be easily solved, like hunger. For example, Quest Food Exchange has consecrated time and energy into gathering unwanted (but usable) foods and selling them at a low price for those out of work, experiencing financial difficulties, etc.

MY-CAS eFOLIO PLAN G9

❀ MY-CAS eFOLIO PLAN ❀
Major Creativity Major Action Major Service
  • Commitment: Farsi Class
  • Categories: Creativity
  • CAS Learning Outcome(s) Covered: New Skills
  • Time Commitment (estimate): 1 year
  • Goals: my goal is to improve in reading and writing in Farsi, and to learn new words. I’d also like to be ranked #1 again.
  • Commitment: Horseback Riding
  • Categories: Action
  • CAS Learning Outcome(s) Covered: Exploration
  • Time Commitment (estimate): 1 year
  • Goals: my goal is to learn at least how to canter without stirrups, and to become more comfortable with riding new horses.
  • Commitment: HeadsUP PeerAdvisors & MPS
  • Categories: Service
  • CAS Learning Outcome(s) Covered: ‘Globalocal’ Impact
  • Time Commitment (estimate): 1 year
  • Service Commitment Type: 2. School-based initiative
  • Goals: my goal is to become more comfortable with service work, as well as to make some kind of a difference in the school (i.e. motivate the student body to speak out their ideas).
Minor Creativity Minor Action Minor Service
  • Commitment: Open Art Room
  • Categories: Creativity
  • CAS Learning Outcome(s) Covered: Self-Awareness
  • Time Commitment (estimate): at the very least 2 days
  • Goals: my goal is to reflect upon and apply the skills that I have learned in my art class on Thursdays.
  • Commitment: Ice Skating
  • Categories: Action
  • CAS Learning Outcome(s) Covered: Self-Awareness/Commitment
  • Time Commitment (estimate): Approx. 4 months
  • Goals: my goal is to improve my skills in ice skating through trying new things. I’d also like to pass level 2 and to become more comfortable with doing crossovers.
  • Commitment: Backpack Drive
  • Categories: Service
  • CAS Learning Outcome(s) Covered: Ethics/’Globalocal’ Impact
  • Time Commitment (estimate): 1 day
  • Service Commitment Type: 1. Local Impact
  • Goals: my goal is to successfully follow through with the service commitment.
 

Pegah’s C.A.S. Log and Reflections (Major)

About this Post Major Creativity
For the sake of simplicity and ease, I have decided to create two HTML code layouts to use for all of my C.A.S. reflections. This is the first of the two: on it are the reflections for all of my major C.A.S. commitments. Another will be coming soon, and on it I will have all of my minor C.A.S. reflections.
Participating in weekly Farsi classes has taught me the significance of perseverance; I’ve learned to value hard work over natural talent. If I don’t complete the homework my teacher assigns or pay attention in class, I won’t progress as much as other students who do. Even if I have a natural talent in languages (in this case, Farsi), students who work harder than me will soon surpass my abilities in reading and writing if I don’t work as hard as them to reach my full potential. In short, this is my real-life experience of the Tortoise and the Hare. 😉
Major Action Major Service
So far in lessons, I have learned that it is critical to remain calm at all times so as not to allow fear to take over. I’ve learned that if a horse is acting out (whether or not I am on it), I must avoid feelings of nervousness and listen to the instructions I am given, so that I learn how to handle/control a frightened/excited horse. Letting a surge of fear rush over me would make the situation worse, as losing confidence would make me weak and frighten/excite the horse even more. It is important never to give up or allow fear to take over!
During the time I have spent as part of the HeadsUp PeerAdvisors group, I have learned a lot about planning and organizing various events. I have realized that for one to be successful in planning an event, one must have many connections with others in order to obtain the necessary materials for that event. For example, we planned to create pink toques to celebrate Pink Day. The person who ordered the toques had to know which websites to use, who to talk to about where to keep the toques, etc. I also have noticed that the number of social connections one must have depends on the event. For small events, it is easy to have only one or two people do the job. For larger events, entire groups of people are needed.

2014-2015 C/A/S Reflection Noº 2

Another important lesson that I have learned from my horseback riding lessons is 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 he caused me to fall during canter. 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?

2014-2015 C/A/S Reflection Noº 1

So far in lessons, I have learned that taking informed risks is important. 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. I’ve also learned that everybody in a community should do their fair share of work. Where I ride (at NSEC), it is asked of everybody that they give their horses a quick groom before and after riding, as well as cleaning their horse’s tack after the horse is back in its stall. However, it has come to my attention that some students choose not to groom their horses or clean the tack after lessons. If tack is not cleaned properly, it can get damaged over time. My take-away from this experience was that everybody in a community needs to do what is asked of them.

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