Project Week

Blaike Young Staff Writer  I’ve detected a considerable amount of difference between this year’s Project Weeks and last year’s. While last years were all relatively outdoorsy or service oriented, this year, several more artsy projects have been added to the mix. As someone who barely lasted at day camp, let alone overnight camp, I was excited to see projects that didn’t involve camping or any type of “roughing it” added to the list. Even if you are a little more inclined than me to surviving, or even thriving (praise to you, I really do admire it) without a bathroom equipped with running water, there are definitely projects that satisfy a sort of middle ground. The overall consensus among students is that the out of town projects are really interesting and diverse. Senior Alejandro Lopez-Black admired how “the out of town projects this year reflect teacher’s interests.” Projects that seem to be popular first choices this year are Spain and Ecuador, although I’ve definitely heard lots of excitement about all of the options, which include sea kayaking in Baja, Mexico, exploring natural beauty in Iceland, and a literary and art adventure in Paris. There are also several projects that take place across the US. There are trips to California, Alabama, Minnesota, and Santa Fe, New Mexico. Junior, Madison Shelist summed up what she thought was most rewarding about going out of town during the week. She likes “project weeks that allow us to do things we might not get to do on our own time.” She cites her trip to Ecuador during Project Week last year as an example of her getting the opportunity to take part in activities she probably wouldn’t have done with her family or on her own. While there is general enthusiasm for the out of town projects this year, there isn’t the same level of satisfaction with the in town options. Junior, Victoria Bianco said, “the in towns are very selective this year.” An anonymous junior elaborated, stating they  “are sort of repetitive and don’t appeal to a lot of different interests.”  Victoria, who had done Survivor Chicago her freshman year, said she couldn’t “believe they didn’t do [it] this year.” Junior, Quintin Hall, disagreed. He thinks “the in towns allow you to explore new things you haven’t done before, and hit you on different levels, psychologically and physically.” Junior Winslow Ziv also liked the in town options. He was particularly excited to see Latin School Choppers: Project Moped.  Overall, the in town options weren’t the most thrilling choices for many students, but mostly because they were too specific to only a few interests. Latin prides itself on the privilege of Project Week and I think students are appreciative of the experience. This year is looking good!]]>