Editor's Note: At Journeys School, all 10th grade students complete a Personal Project as part of the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program. Each student chooses a topic of personal interest, identifies a goal for their learning, researches their topic, creates a product to address their goal, and reflects on the process. Personal Projects are a great opportunity for students to work independently on a subject of personal interest and to make a product to share their learning and reflection with others. During the next few weeks, we’ll be highlighting these Personal Projects on the TSS blog. 

For my personal project I learned how to play fingerstyle guitar. I was excited going into the project knowing that I could do anything I wanted, and the possibilities were endless. I have been playing guitar for over five years now but learning fingerstyle was a completely different experience and really tested my skill and resolve. It meant a lot to me to be able to pursue art as part of school which is often overlooked nowadays, and even though my final project didn’t look exactly like I had hoped it would, I love what I got to do and I’m proud of what I learned.