Its finally here, the project that we’ve been working for the last 8 months, is finally due today. I’m not sure if I should be relieved or worried. It’s so hard to measure your achievements, when it’s something that you’ve worked for so long. Personal Project is a Project with the purpose of finding yourself; follow a true passion, while showcasing all of the ATL skills and abilities that we’ve learned throughout our lives in the MYP.
Looking back in the last 8 months, I can see a lot of stress, this is one of the most stressful projects I’ve done in my life, or should I say the MOST stressful project I’ve done. I’m not saying stress is a problem, because after we all have to deal with stress in our lives. The thing is, doesn’t it sound ironic that this project is called personal project, and it’s supposed to be about finding yourself and following a passion, but at the same time we are overwhelmed with deadlines and specifications of what we have to do?
I believe that there where so many expectations and rubrics, that the freedom from this Project was taken away. I myself can confirm that the stress and the pressure of getting a good grade was so big that people weren’t even focusing on doing what they love, but on writing a perfect report. When you are so overwhelmed with tasks you can’t focus on pursuing a passion or even expressing yourself the way you desire. This makes the Personal Project absolutely not personal at all, in fact it makes it fake.
I have to confess, that this Project wasn’t what I was expecting, I thought I was going to have so much freedom, when actually the rubrics are pretty straight forward, I’m not sure if I did what I truly wanted to do. I question if I actually learned or if I was only doing what was needed to satisfy the specifications on the rubrics. So again I question, did I learn?