Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS)
CAS is an exciting program that will get you off your seat and take you to the wonderful world of creativity, activity, and service. You will not be watching as a spectator but succeeding as a participant. The key to CAS is to learn from experiencing and reflecting in the hope that each one of you will make a difference in yourselves and the community around you. We wish you all the best and cannot wait to see you be creative, active, and helpful.
School in Kathmandu
Nepal – November 2014-2015
Nepal – Service Trip – Kathmandu 2014-2015
Canyoning Activity 2014-2015
The CAS Program was a driving force for creating well-rounded students. Personally, it pushed to be active in new and exciting ways and to give back to the community. I was able to demonstrate, on my university applications, the extent of my drive, motivation, and creativity in ways that an academic transcript simply couldn’t. I learned the value of being active outside the classroom when I arrived at my university campus and saw how driven and successful everyone around me was in their extracurricular endeavors. CAS allowed me to bring my own momentum to the community of students I had joined. As such, the Program was an avenue for self-betterment as well as a way to connect and feel closer to my fellow classmates at AIS
CAS has definitely motivated me to take initiative in extracurricular activities and projects – many of which helped me stand out in my university applications
Everyone is capable of getting good grades; at some point, admission officers don’t even look for that anymore. I’ve worked at Columbia’s admissions office for a year now, and they review applications holistically, looking for what they call the X factor. They look for drive, ambition, a strong personality, something that sets you apart from others, and what better way to show them that than demonstrating endless hours of creativity, action, and service? It may seem daunting at first, but it’s your biggest weapon when applying to college. Trust me- I even wrote one of tm college essays on a CAS experience!
CAS is a three lettered abbreviation for long hours of commitment. That very commitment is, however, a valuable asset to have in university. Creativity hours proved to be useful in multiple seminars I have led in my upper year courses. Action hours allowed me to take on athletic roles, as an outlet from the stressors of a full course load! Lastly, service hours exposed me to the various medical and socioeconomic privileges other communities possess and thus, have helped me narrow down what I would like to accomplish in terms of further studies and career. So, is CAS actually helpful beyond the scope of the application process? Definitely!