C.A.S. Student Resources


Student Resources

C.A.S. Interviews

Along with the “Big 4”, students will complete three interviews with their C.A.S. Advisor throughout their experience with the program.

First Interview (junior year)

Middle Interview (end of junior year or beginning of senior year)

Exit Interview (end of senior year)


The C.A.S. Project

Example of creating a C.A.S. Project out of a C.A.S. experience

Experience: knitting
C.A.S. Project: teaching knitting course, donating items to local shelter

C.A.S. Project Plan
Elements of C.A.S: creativity, service
Recruiting, Advertising, Preparation: reach out to Key Club for volunteers, post in Daily
Announcements, e-mail C.A.S. coordinators to discuss ideas, find a C.A.S. supervisor, call local shelter, locate materials, find location
Time Frame: Thanksgiving to mid-January
Goal: Donate ten hand-knit items to local shelter

Questions to guide reflections or interviews

  1. Identify own strengths and develop areas for growth
    • Which abilities or skills are areas of strength?  Which are areas where there is room for growth?
    • What might be some ways to share your strengths with others?
    • What might be some ways to seek help from others in developing your areas for growth?
    • Which abilities or skills do you think the team/club still needs to work on improving?
    • In what ways does developing your areas for growth help the members of your group/club/team?
  2. Demonstrate that challenges have been undertaken, developing new skills in the process
    • What challenges are you experiencing and what are some plans for overcoming those challenges?
    • Why did you choose to undergo the challenges being undertaken during this experience?
    • In what ways are new skills and/or abilities being developed with this experience?
    • How will the new skills being developing during this experience help you at Sturgis and beyond?
    • In what ways are you increasing your expertise in this particular experience?
    • In what ways did this CAS experience involve you in unfamiliar situations and/or environments?
    • What skills has your team or club been working on collectively?
    • What impact is this having on your team/club?
  3. Demonstrate how to initiate and plan a CAS experiences (“Students can articulate the states from conceiving an idea to executing a plan for a CAS experiences...students may show their knowledge and awareness by building on a previous experience, or by launching a new idea or process.”)
    • What gave you the idea for this CAS experience?
    • Is this something you have been involved with before or is this a new experience for you?
    • Why do you think it will be a valuable experience?
    • To what extent will this CAS experience affect others?
    • What would make this CAS experience successful in your eyes?
    • What do you hope to achieve with this CAS experience?
    • Do you have concrete goals? If so, what are they? If not, let’s brainstorm.
    • What do you think the greatest challenges will be for you with this CAS experience?
    • What are the different steps that you think will be necessary in order reach your goals?
    • How will you measure your progress toward your goals?
    • In what ways have you shown initiative with this CAS experience?
    • Were there specific points where you think you stepped up and demonstrated leadership?
    • What do you think the traits of an effective leader are?
    • Do you have any role models for effective leadership?
    • Have you drawn on any examples of successful leadership during this CAS experience?
    • What did you learn about effective leadership from this CAS experience?
    • Has this CAS experience been different for you than others where you did not show as much personal initiative?
    • In what ways?
  4. Show commitment to and perseverance in CAS experiences
    • How are you showing perseverance through this experience?
    • How committed are you to this experience?
    • How will it impact your future?
    • How does it impact your current schedule/ lifestyle?
    • In what ways is being involved in a long term CAS experience or project different than being involved in a short term one?
    • In what ways have you been able to adapt to uncertainties and changes?
    • How have you been able to foresee potential challenges to initial plan/experience and consider alternatives?
  5. Demonstrate the skills and recognize the benefits or working collaboratively
    • What is your team/club/group like? In what ways do you work well together?
    • In what ways might you need to improve?
    • Who are the leaders? Do you have a leadership role?  
    • What is your role & why is it important?
    • What role do others have and how is that important?
    • In what ways might you see yourself as a role model?
    • In what ways would this CAS experience be different if you were doing it alone?
  6. Demonstrate engagement with issues of global significance (“Students are able to identify and demonstrate their understanding of global issues, make responsible decisions, and take appropriate action in response to the issue either locally, nationally, or internationally.”)
    • What are some global issues that you have been able to act upon locally?
    • By participating in “World Challenge,” how does that help you engage in an issue of global importance?
    • By participating in “One Day One Goal,” how does that help you engage in an issue of global importance?
    • By participating in “The Go Green Club Fashion Show,” how does that help you engage in an issue of global importance?
    • By participating in “Model UN,” how does that help you engage in an issue of global importance?
    • Activities that can be filled into a general type of global significance question
      • Poverty/homelessness
      • Substance abuse/addiction
      • Fighting Global diseases
      • Animal Welfare
      • Access to clean water
      • Habitat for Humanity
  7. Recognize and consider the ethics of choices and actions (“Students show awareness of the consequences of choices and actions in planning and carrying out CAS experiences.”)
    • In what ways might CAS be said to promote ethical education? Is service to others, in whatever form, a moral obligation? If so, on what might the obligation be based? If not, why not?
    • If you play a sport, have you ever been involved in a game where an official made a bad call?
    • How did you respond?
    • Have you ever been involved in a game where an opponent engaged in poor sportsmanship, or dirty play?
    • How did you respond?
    • In golf and tennis, players keep their own score, have you been in situations where that became a problem or challenge or something needed to be addressed?
    • If you are involved in a play, have you ever auditioned for a part and not gotten it?
    • Did you get another part?
    • How did you approach that role even though it was not the one you wanted?
    • Have you ever worked in a group, and were forced to collaborate with someone who you didn’t get along with?
    • How did you handle that?
    • Working with the yearbook is a big responsibility, with a lot of power to affect someone’s lasting memories. Do you ever have to make a decision on some content, or perhaps unflattering photographs, that may have a lasting impact on someone’s yearbook?
    • Have you ever been involved in collecting money for a fundraising activity? What types of ethical considerations are important when handling and collecting money?
    • When we visit other countries for service work, and we interact with the people who may have less material wealth and comforts than we have here, what type of ethical considerations come to mind? Does it ever feel wrong that we’re sort of making a “vacation” or “growth experience” out of their lives? Is that not an appropriate way to look at things? What’s your response to that thought?