Senior Project: The Final Chapter

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Olivia Bayer

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Once upon a time in 2015, English teacher Jean Bradanini brought to us the senior project. Two years later the project remains, and now that presentation day has passed, students may finally relax.

The objective of the senior project overall is for seniors to discover whether their topic is something they would pursue as a career. In order to find this out, seniors needed to complete 15 hours of field work with their mentor along with recording journals, writing a research paper, creating a portfolio, and ending with a presentation.

Many students chose a topic in which they had significant interest such as physical therapy or nursing. Others scrambled to find a mentor and a topic.

Bradanini says that the topic selection is the hardest part of the senior project. “It’s really important and hopefully a lot of thought goes into it,” she explains.

As a senior who has just completed her project I can vouch for this. Many of my peers thought nothing of topic selection considering they had prior topics lined up. I, however, struggled tremendously. We started with journalism, no luck there, then on to photography, which failed, until finally I stumbled upon the beauty of tattooing.

Bradanini also expressed the importance of time management and meeting deadlines. Just like in the adult world in real jobs, deadlines need to be met and taken seriously.

The senior project for many was an awakening experience. Some may say it was a waste of time; others feel it was helpful, beneficial, and even fun. As the coordinator of the project, Bradanini is extremely passionate about it and genuinely believes it’s beneficial.

“I truly do believe in senior project. I really do, I know it’s stressful. I admit it’s stressful and it’s a lot of work. But with hard work comes more reward. And the intent is not to make senior year difficult for seniors but to make the year worthwhile,” Bradanini stated.

Senior year flies by. It’s a stressful and crucial year for students, but it prepares you for the outside world. The senior project for many was rough, but it’s all a matter of taking responsibility. From making those “cold phone calls”–as Bradanini calls it–to mentors, to just getting everything done, it’s bad if you make it out to be that. But whether we like to admit it or not, it’s benefiting us for the better.

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Senior Project: The Final Chapter