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CAS: Students' comments

 - from their final evaluation reports

The great thing is that now I can use my newly discovered CAS skills in my future everyday life, knowing that it is possibleto tackle all my everyday stress, job, school, family and friends and still be an active part in the society. Also the fact that most of the activities that I began doing because of CAS I will continue on doing after graduation is obviously a very positive thing!

To conclude my overall CAS-experience I think it has been all in all very rewarding. Though it was sometimes very stressfull and time was scarce it became a great excuse for relaxing my mind and free it from school work etc, but still doing something constructive and undergoing a mental development.

At the beginning CAS might seem boring and compelling, but be patient: It does pay off at the end. It teaches you how to be a good and responsible leader, member of a group, organiser of an activity etc. It’s a golden chance to learn about the country in which you live, its culture, traditions and other customs, which could be difficult to understand from the behaviour of the inhabitants, who you do not know, but you just see them.
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CAS is one of the few ways that eliminates the peer pressure in a very efficient way because you get more time to spend together with your friends. It develops a person into a more skilful and careful one by dealing with the real world. Personally, I found CAS very beneficial in terms of my improvement of English as well as Danish, my understanding of the Danish society - a whole new culture for me. Integration with the Danish society is achieved only by mixing up with Danish people speaking their language because then you feel more like a part of them. CAS has provided exactly that environment where I have been able to better understand Danish culture through my class mates. 
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CAS was a good incentive to keep up different activities in a time where the burden of homework was increasing drastically. More specifically, though, CAS helped me think and evaluate on the activities, e.g. why do I practice running and swimming, and how does my participation in the Party Committee at my school help fellow students. By opening my eyes to new kinds of activities, that I might have played with in my mind or not at all would have through as a possibility, had it not been for CAS. CAS helped me physically, with guidance and connections, and mentally, in the sense that it brought an extra incentive for participation in new activities and opened my mind to the advantages, of my participation, for myself and others.
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I enjoyed and appreciated all categories of CAS and I have in the two years of the CAS programme emotionally and physically experienced many different things. What I like about CAS is that when I have done one activity I get inspired and get ideas for new activities. I therefore think that I will also do volunteer work after the IB, because I found that there are many things that I would like to do in this field. Doing service activities in CAS has made me aware that I as an individual can assist other people on a volunteer basis and I have become aware that volunteer work will also be needed....By planning and carrying out my activities I have become even more independent as a person. CAS rewarding because it has given me the opportunity to help others, to take responsibility, to do activities with others and in this way develop socially and at the same time learn something about myself and develop myself as an individual person. 
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During the two years of the IB programme I have performed various CAS activities which have allowed me to experience new forms of expressing myself and I have also developed new interests. The CAS programme allowed me to work on projects which I have never thought of before and gave me the will to proceed with new tasks. I have developed many new skills thanks to CAS and I have overcome many problems and experienced activities which I would in other cases have experienced. I will continue with many of the activities that I have discovered and keep on developing in them and learn from them.
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When I undertook CAS I had certain doubts about the system, but in general, I liked the concept. However, I did not have the remotest idea of how much I would gain from CAS. I now have become aware of how much joy it brings me from doing sports and being creative despite I already did some of these activities before CAS. Due to all the evaluations, I have been forced to think about what I gain. What I have enjoyed most and where I have developed immensely is in the service part. Before the IB, I mainly joined activities for more selfish reasons. With CAS I was forced to think in a broader scope of how I could help others. I am sure that this experience has made me pass a hurdle for doing similar ‘jobs’ in the future.
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The great thing about this art activity for CAS has not been the way in which I developed better technical skills in visual arts. Greatest of all is that I have and still am learning that art does not necessarily have to be such a selfish activity. Being part of a group, many responsibilities are put upon you, and it is crucial that you show up regularly and can receive critique from others in a civilised and productive manner. While spilling out deep emotions and expressions on canvas and clay, trusting one another and learning from experience how to productively give advice and critique in fragile situations (because sometimes it can really be horrible when one’s works are being criticised!) has improved my skill of identifying success from failure and then hereafter, most importantly acknowledging it and doing something about it if possible.
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Initially I thought of CAS as a certain amount of hours that had to be used well, but on the completion of which I also expected to obtain some sense of having got a task over and done with. Although I do experience a sense of accomplishment, I do not feel “That was that!” Finally I can sit back and relax”. The more dominant feeling is one of courage to take on projects in the future as I feel I have much better basis for organising activities, general problem-solving of practical issues but above all a greater confidence in taking actively part to improve the situation.
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My overall experience with the CAS programme has been a truly excellent one. If it wasn’t for CAS, I most assuredly would never have gotten involved with such wonderful organisations as Red Barnet. Through the CAS programme, or rather the programme’s motivational nature, I have successfully broadened my horizon on international relations and issues. While I would undoubtedly still have pursued my physical activities with equal vigour regardless of CAS, I am certain that it has helped motivate my creative progress. I would certainly never have visited the ballet, and in the light of hindsight that would have been a tremendous shame. Contrary to my prior beliefs, the finer arts also possess value for people my age. In total I must say the CAS experience has been a very gratifying one, and I would like to thank the IB for including it as a mandatory part of their programme. 
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Although all of the activities I did were part of the required CAS programme, I feel that I have acquired more than just a part of a diploma from my work. I have gained life-experience, friends, great memories, and more importantly I have learned that life is not making yourself happy as much as it is seeing how your life can impact others. Sure, I enjoy it when things are going my way, but it so greatly pleases me when there are others that are happy because of me. Many times I fell that this is more important. Living in this comfortable little country where people often times only pay attention to themselves when walking down the street, I have come to realize the positive effect we can have on other people’s lives if we just to the extra step. 
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Now I understand that the most important thing any human should have is a desire for doing something. CAS helps us to develop these desires and further achieve them. I think the most important strength of CAS is to improve yourself, your social life, and communication with and understanding of other people, to develop a team spirit and works as a team member. Such activities dissolve the ‘barriers’ between adults and us, between different generations, people with different cultural background. It was pleasant to see that people appreciate my voluntary work and found it useful. They treated me with respect. I am convinced now that voluntary work is mutually beneficial for both sides. You are not only helping people, which is already a good thing, but you are also learning from new tasks, jobs and interpersonal communication. I am very glad that CAS exists. 
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My time with CAS is over now and I am proud to say that I managed to do all 150 hours (all the other things I do besides school). I feel I have learned so much from CAS. I have done activities I would never have done if it was not for CAS and today I am so glad that I did them. Before starting an activity I have had some goals and I am glad to say that I reached all of them. I have learned something from all my CAS activities and I am sure I can use my new knowledge in other life situations.
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AS is indeed something that will benefit you, no matter what, but I dare say that CAS has not helped me in being active outside school or socializing more, as the things that I did before the IB was apparently enough. I would rather say that the CAS programme has made me realize and has provided me the knowledge of what you in reality learn about yourself, what skills you develop when you do an activity and how other people also can benefit from it. Before, I would not have given the programme one thought, but now I have learnt otherwise. 
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The CAS programme has opened up a new world to me, building upon interests that I’ve always had, but had rarely initiated. In today’s society it is far too often, I think, that the focus on intellect is taken to an extreme which hinders the importance of extracurricular activities; however, what I have come to realize is the interconnection between intelligence and additional non-school related activities is closer than it appears. In this symbiotic relationship, each component helps shape us into becoming who we are, and each relies upon the other to form an ideal relationship. What use is great intelligence if one lacks connections or social/communication skills and the means by which to put the wisdom to use?