I always wanted to learn cooking and wanted to improve my skills but was never able to manage time due to academics and some other extracurricular activity. Due to this COVID 19 pandemic, the entire country is in lockdown and this has provided me with ample time to be productive and I explored my creativity in this time by devoting time to my interest in cooking. I demonstrated LO2, LO3, LO4 and LO7.
LO2-Demonstrate that challenges have been undertaken, developing new skills in the process.
I knew a bit of cooking already but I also developed new skills as different types of chopping and trying different cuisine. There were a few challenges that I faced while cooking as I was cooking alone for the entire family. It was a hectic job from cutting vegetables to plating was needed to complete before everyone was on the dining table because of which sometimes I panicked. Also as I was working alone, I had to be fast because of which I got burnt, cut my finger. But slowly and gradually I was getting better.
LO3-Demonstrate how to initiate and plan a CAS experience
At the starting I didn’t create a plan which led to a lot of problems, so after that, I decided to initiate with cas plan of cooking every weekend and after that, I made a proper plan for a month which helped save my time while cooking as I already got to know by looking at the plan that what I am going to cook and what all ingredients do I need. It also helped me to buy the ingredients which are not at my home and are required in the food. It helped me save a lot of time as I was already prepared.
LO4-Show commitment to and perseverance in CAS experiences
As I cooked every weekend because of which sometimes I was tired or wasn’t in a mood of cooking but I was committed as I promised myself that I will not waste my time instead I will do something productive.
LO7- Recognize and consider the ethics of choices and actions
Cooking will also help me in the future wherever I go. As cooking is a survival skill and if you are living alone or are alone it will help you. So I also learned this activity because it will help me in the long term. Also in the beginning I thought cooking was very hard but gradually I realized that it’s not that hard. One should just need to know the basics and if one the basics then one can cook anything. Also, I made sure to be in adult supervision while using the stove, I even tied my hair with the help of pins to avoid hair fall and even wear pants for safety measures while cooking.
Cooking helped me to achieve learner profiles like being a risk-taker, knowledgeable, thinker, being balanced and reflective. These learner profiles will help me at any point of my life.