I asked myself, what is all this Personal Project thing about in my first year of Grade 9? Now I know every little thing about this whole Personal Project drama.
The Personal Project is a concluding Middle Years Programme (MYP) project to develop the student’s personal interest and to show and apply the skills, which are developed through the MYP’s Approaches to Teaching and Learning. This project is based on the student’s interests and talents, resulting in a product or outcome.
I started the Personal Project without having an idea of what I wanted to do because I was not sure about what interested me. Obviously, I had to pick something that I was passionate about in order not to lose interest in the project. I decided to work on plastic pollution, which was a problem that I identified in my school community. I then decided to find a topic that would suit my project – Make it useful.
Now looking back to how I started and how I ended, I am super proud of myself because of the person I have become. The journey has not been a smooth one because of the challenges that I had, but it has actually been worth it especially from my sleepless nights to my crying days. There were times and days I felt like giving up because I thought that there was no hope that I was going to achieve anything through the project. There were also nights I cried myself to sleep because I missed deadlines. But one amazing thing about the Personal Project that I valued is how it prepared me for challenges I will encounter as I move higher in my education and also the workplace.
All the Challenges helped me to grow mentally. Balance was the most important IB learner profile attribute that I made use of, because as a student, I had to balance my schoolwork with the Personal Project. This was really challenging for me because there were times that I had school deadlines and also a Personal Project deadline. In the process, I learnt to pay attention to my timetables and that guided me. The Personal Project really helped me to learn how to plan my day and prioritise.
Throughout the Personal Project journey, I had to work as an IB learner and this requires me to make use of the ATL skills. One of the main ATL skills that I used the most was thinking and this is because I had to make sure that I thoroughly thought through my ideas and brainstorm to help me decide on what I wanted to do, especially when it came to choosing my final product. In conclusion, the MYP has not only helped me to take charge of my own learning, but it has also shaped me to be independent in the Future.
Cynthia Abla Nutsuakor Grade 10 – MYP5
Personal Project Supervisor – Mrs. King