as well as participating in 4 Cas trips over grades 7-10. I have been to Sabah, new Zealand, Phuket, and Inner Mongolia. I have also joined the reading tree buddy reading program, breast cancer foundation walks and wwf Half marathon.
How did you become more aware of your own strengths and areas for growth?
I became more aware of my strengths and areas for growth through my participation in many service events. After doing several events, I realized that I enjoyed doing the more physical activity rather than personally connecting with individuals such as children. My strength would be working independently, as I have done many charity hikes and runs alone. I realized an area I could grow would be being a better communicator and to be more comfortable with working with strangers.
How did you undertake challenges that developed new skills?
I had many physical challenges, such as feeling tired and not able to finish a run/hike, or I found the build trips quite gruelling. Through the service activities, I have learnt how to be resilient and take more risks, especially during the CAS trips. I undertook challenges such as hiking on unpaved paths in a jungle, where I felt very out of my comfort zone, but I learnt how to be a risk taker. I also developed my communicating skills, as I found connecting with strangers quite difficult in the past, but now I am more comfortable with working with them.
How did you discuss, evaluate and plan student-initiated activities?
By joining the Habitat build tip, I have evaluated a student-initiated activity. During the building, I have led the team to find the most effective methods on how to properly build while making use of our time. When laying bricks, I have helped my peers and taught them how to properly lay one.
How did you persevere in action?
I persevered in action while doing physically gruelling activities. Though it was difficult, I continued to work hard to ensure that I could finish/reach my goal. Running the half marathon was one of the most difficult tasks for me as I have not trained as a running, and did not have much running experience, but I managed to finish the race while advocating for animal rights.
How did you work collaboratively with others?
I worked collaboratively with other during the building trip as we had to move bricks, dig dirt and lay bricks together. Everything we did was in a team. I also worked collaboratively during the paint your glove & hat event, we had to connect with our members and organize our roles wisely so that the event would be organized, during this, we also connected with younger children while we drew with them.
How did you develop international-mindedness through global engagement, multilingualism and intercultural understanding?
Going on CAS trips allowed me to connect with the locals residing in the area, and we got to learn about their cultures while sharing ours. I realized that everyone had different ways of living. and that taught me how to have a more international mindset.
How did you consider the ethical implications of your actions?
Before doing any action, I would think how it would affect the people surrounding the area and also how it would affect the environment. If I felt like it affected others, I would not do it.