The time for me to initiate the planning of my CAS project, an important part of the overall CAS process as well as the IB diploma experience, is fast approaching! The last two years have certainly opened my eyes to the concept of activism and the collective power of people to incite change. All criticism of social media aside, its capacity to educate and connect is unrivaled at this stage. Due to engaging in online platforms, I have been able to become better-educated about various subjects relating to the field of social justice; dissecting topics such as intersectional feminism, racism, and more. As a young woman of colour, someone who attends an international school, and who considers themselves a global citizen, it is important for me to keep broadening my understanding of these concepts, their causes, and implications so that I can start applying the lessons learned to not only my own life but to the lives of others. Although passionate about improvement, I tend to be someone who prefers to work behind the scenes. Therefore, I want to push myself to be more open and forthcoming about my advocacy, and hopefully grow in confidence and inspire my peers to do the same! Being a part of the Margin as well as OSC’s student body has allowed me to form informed opinions and given me access to the opinions of generations of other students who have attended the school. After inciting discussions with many of my classmates about any current dissatisfactions, I have identified several areas for growth at OSC.
- The Dress code (and how it disproportionally affects female-presenting students)
- Sex and LGBTQIA+ education
- Mental Health education
My plan is to narrow the list down by conferring with my teachers and fellow students. Although all have similar themes, it is unfortunately not plausible for me to address them all. Before Christmas break, I am setting the goal of determining which of these ideas to pursue, speaking further with a supervisor to brainstorm realistic ways to approach the project, and documenting all progress on ManageBac.
LO1: Identify own strengths and develop areas for growth- Students are able to see themselves as individuals with various abilities and skills, of which some are more developed than others.
LO3: Demonstrate how to initiate and plan a CAS experience- Students can articulate the stages from conceiving an idea to executing a plan for a CAS experience or series of CAS experiences. This may be accomplished in collaboration with other participants. Students may show their knowledge and awareness by building on a previous experience, or by launching a new idea or process.
LO5: Demonstrate the skills and recognize the benefits of working collaboratively- Students are able to identify, demonstrate and critically discuss the benefits and challenges of collaboration gained through CAS experiences.