Brunel University International African Poetry Prize Experience


If CAS is stressful or becoming stressful for you, you are probably doing something wrong. The trick to balancing the heavy workload of IB while handling the requirements of CAS is to ensure that the experiences or projects you decide to take on are things you are passionate about or interested in trying.

For example, the above activity was 40 Creativity hours. This sounds like a lot, but as a lover of poetry, and a growing spoken word artist, it was not ‘painful’ to put in the time for this competition. In fact, it was fun and inspiring. I decided to focus on the learning outcomes:

  1. Identify own strengths and develop areas for growth – I was confident of my spoken word skills, however, it was one of the first times that I would participate in a poetry writing competition which required a different set of skills.
  2. Demonstrate that challenges have been undertaken, develop new skills in the process – I learned how to be more critical of the poems I write, while not being too hard on myself. I learned how to better articulate my personal experiences into words. I also learned new styles of poetry writing. 
  3. Recognize and consider the ethics of choices and actions – I ensured that I was aware of the rules of the competition and abided by them.

A reflection of my Creativity.Action.Service experience one year after. 

It has been two weeks since I came back from my first year of undergraduate studies at the University of British Columbia, Canada. I have been brainstorming how to make the most of my 4 months summer holiday and decided to take up one of my father’s suggestions to reflect on my CAS experience.

This reflection would not only give me the opportunity to brainstorm how to more effectively initiate and engage in future social justice projects that I might be interested in but would also allow me to help current and upcoming IBDP students better navigate CAS.

I shall focus primarily on the CAS projects that I did, and include CAS experiences that contributed to self-growth.