“NIST gives me the opportunity to explore activities beyond my comfort zone.”
How does taking part in Community, Action, Service (CAS) help you connect with the NIST community?
CAS employs you to be involved with various kinds of activities that happen both in school and out of school. Being a part of the program allows me to connect with students and teachers who I wouldn’t have known otherwise, which makes me feel more involved and connected with others at NIST.
Does being involved with CAS help you learn more about other students and teachers?
To an extent, CAS does help me learn more about the NIST community since there is so much going on, and there are many people involved with numerous activities. It opens me up to activities I’m currently pursuing, which I may have not even known about.
Why does being a NIST student make you want to be more involved in CAS than you should? Why are you so involved in CAS (doing more hours than you need to)?
CAS isn’t the reason I participate in the activities I do. I have simply chosen to associate myself with the activities I like, and NIST offers so many choices. The hours didn’t matter as much, because I liked doing the activities: varsity basketball, the Art Relief Crew and leading the Operation Smile trip last year. These are the activities I’m interested in, and I would have pursued them with or without CAS. However, because NIST gives me the opportunity to explore activities beyond my comfort zone, I become involved with other activities that I wouldn’t have done otherwise. This includes junior varsity softball and the IYA biking trip.
How does being involved with CAS help you grow overall as a person in general and as a student in NIST?
CAS helps me engage with issues of global importance, which allows me to help a world beyond my own. For example, being a part of Art Relief Crew has allowed me to help a group of struggling children who suffer from disabilities and face other hardships through the form of art therapy. This experience is something I never expected when I initiated the crew, but it’s what I got out of it and it has made me empathize with other peoples’ struggle. It also allows me to see my strengths and weaknesses, to know what I’m good at and what I need to work on. I think this is the most important part of CAS because the stuff you need to work on are going to help you in the future if you acknowledge it beforehand.
If you weren’t required to take part in CAS, would you have done so voluntarily?
I would have done the activities, but probably wouldn’t be reflecting about them as much as is required in the IB programme. I was participating in most of the activities I’m still pursuing prior to Year 12, which is when the CAS program started, so I would have volunteered for CAS, too.