Creativity, Activity, Service
Life doesn’t fit inside the boundaries of the 6 IB subject groups! (Plus Theory of Knowledge and the Extended Essay.) Sometimes the invaluable lessons you learn through your own experiences are the ones that teach you the best lessons.
CAS gives you a chance to try new things where you don’t need to worry about being graded from 1-7. In fact, the only thing that matters is that you reflect on what you have experienced and what you take away from it.
If you are someone who needs more external motivation, your CAS experiences often help to illustrate your enthusiasm for your chosen Higher Education course when you write your university applications. For example, those who want to study medicine often need to show that they have worked in a voluntary capacity to care for people. They might have volunteered in a residential home for the elderly or worked with children with special needs. Your university advisors also use your CAS portfolios to help them write your university references.
Engaging with our local and international communities is an integral and inspiring part of the ISL experience that empowers our students to make a positive difference on campus, in their community, and beyond in service of others.
The Bigger Picture
The skills that employers often look for are commonly termed the “soft skills.” This means skills beyond your academic ability, such as your ability to work in a team, your ability to take the initiative, leadership, problem-solving and communication skills. You will find that many of these are aligned with the CAS learning outcomes.