“Every ending is really just a new beginning”- Anonymous
At the beginning of the course, I set some goals so that I could accomplish them and am now reflecting upon the learning and experience I gained during that adventurous journey.
So to begin with, my foremost goal was be to be balanced throughout my DP journey and to meet this goal I participated actively in both academic and creative, sportive and service field to keep myself physically and mentally fit, by keeping the learning outcomes in mind.
- Increased awareness of my own strengths and areas of growth:
Over the two years, I have been a risk taker, which allowed me to be aware of my own strengths and develop areas of growth. For instance, making the school Badminton team, which allowed me to learn a new sport, learn the fact that nothing is impossible if done with dedication, it taught me the benefits of working as a team and not only as an individual. As a result of which, I got awarded for the most spirited player of the season alongside a silver medal which I won for the Doubles. SAISA Badminton: hard work and determination pays off
Secondly, Gecko Factor Senior dance, which gave me the opportunity of choreographing a large portion of the dance. It was worth an experience as not only did I enjoy but also undertook the challenge of choreographing a dance, developed leadership and collaborative skills in the process and experienced growth as an individual performer. Gecko Factor dance: worth an experience!
- Undertaken new challenges and developed new skills:
As someone has said, a person can either be a spectator or a performer, I chose to be a performer. I have undertaken numerous challenges over the course of two years. For instance, step dancing, which allowed me to enhance my knowledge upon different dance styles. Though it was very challenging in the beginning, but once I committed towards learning it, I could successfully learn and gain from African culture. Besides learning, it was much fun collaborating with new friends around. This activity could hence, add to my activity part.Step Dancing: learning from step to step
Secondly, as Maya Angelou has said that “You can’t use up creativity, the more you use, the more you have”, hence, I chose to enhance my creativity by taking piano lessons. It is pretty hard as it takes a lot of concentration and hard work while playing the notes. But on the other hand, it made me a risk taker and enhanced my creativity to a certain extent which is helping me in applying that creativity into other learning aspects in life. Adding up to creativity: piano classes…
- Planned and Initiated Activities:
The one activity that made me an effective planner, was the CAS project. I planned and spearheaded an ‘OSC Environment Day’ at my school to demonstrate how the school community can contribute to reducing the ecological footprint by practicing the 3 R’s (reduce, reuse and recycle). This project also enhanced my creativity and collaborative skills as I collaborated with a number of other groups of individuals for the success of this project.Making a change: OSC Environment Day!!
Secondly, I planned a CAS experience and joined body conditioning to add balance to my busy schedule. Body conditioning really helped me to build up my body stamina and physical fitness. Initially, I found it hard and tedious, but once I got used to it, it built up my stamina, energized, and freshen me up. I personally believe that physical fitness plays a crucial role in making one active and aid in the academic field as it freshens up the mind and increases the concentration level. Body conditioning: adding up the balance
- Worked collaboratively with others:
The DP orientation trip served to be a great platform to work collaboratively with others. Over there, I got the golden opportunity to learn and experience new learning outcomes not only through water sports but also the challenges to overcome individual fears involved in it. It was a very challenging and amazing trip, where I gained through collaborative learning, team work and support, self motivational skills to achieve goals and also by engaging with issues of global significance. IB DP orientation trip: learning through experience!
Secondly, my service, it has given me so much and I have grown so much as an individual. Especially, the importance of collaboration and moreover, being a leader, I also gained some leadership qualities. Interestingly, one of the primary classes proposed to work collaboratively with us i.e. they are planning to create a group of young environmentalists who would carry forward our service initiatives in the primary. This way we can expand our scope beyond secondary. New service initiatives: spreading awareness around the campus…
- Shown perseverance and commitment in their activities:
Whenever the words perseverance and commitment comes into place, SAISA Badminton is the only thing that comes into my mind. I still remember, the challenging part of the tournament was that our team B, being an inexperienced and new team had to anyway compete with other Team A’s from other schools. Though it was hard, but our team stayed committed towards every game we played and faced all the difficulties and success together. We as a team stood fifth out of eleven schools which makes me proud of my team’s perseverance and outstanding performance through out the tournament; couldn’t have asked for a better team!SAISA Badminton: hard work and determination pays off
- Engaged with issues of global importance:
By taking part in OSC Recycling and sustainability, I got the opportunity to engage with issues of global importance throughout the two years. Moreover, the CAS project I did, dealt with the same area. As someone has rightly said, “Do what is right and not what is easy”, I feel the same towards the issue of protecting the environment. As humans, we have the tendency to put nature’s rights after human rights and have the mindset to put economic growth above the cost of the environment. I personally believe that we must learn from the various catastrophic events taking place around the world due to global warming and changes in weather patterns. Therefore, it is high time that we act towards preventing our environment from further degradation. In the long-run, it will become essential for us to survive, something we obviously don’t realize now. Making a change: OSC Environment Day!!
- Considered the ethical implications of their actions:
I believe that one must always consider the ethical implications of one’s actions. For instance, during the WWW, we went to a SOS village. There I felt an unusual feeling of joy and happiness which I learnt from the children living there. It was so fascinating to see how we despite having the privilege to have parents and with them fulfilling our needs, we complain on small things and desires. Whereas, the kids at SOS village who don’t have parents, were satisfied with whatever they had, their smiling faces were evidence of their satisfaction. #I learnt a lesson while smiling. This experience at the SOS village, made me develop new skills and think over it as a learning outcome I can learn from. Week Without Walls: Jaffna trip
- Final comments:
It has indeed been an incredible two years at OSC with a wonderful group of classmates. CAS allowed me to have a balance in my academics and co-curricular activities through various learning outcomes. Moreover, I developed a new skill of maintaining a blog. Last but not the least, I will always cherish these experiences and memories and hopefully will continue in future.