Journeys School 10th Grade Personal Projects: Talking to Strangers

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. Take a look at our earlier posts on fingerstyle guitar, crocheting hats, and cross-country skiing.

I chose to do this project because of my interest in sociology, photography, and philosophy. I would walk up to a person I didn’t know, introduce my project, and ask if they would like to participate. I asked them three philosophical questions and took their picture. This was an interesting experience for me because I enjoyed talking to people I had never met and learning about different views on life.


What are the biggest things you’ve learned in your life to date?

Well, I guess one of the things is that any of our suffering is our desire for it to be different than it is; for the present moment to be different than it is. If we’re suffering it’s our perspective of what’s going on. That’s one thing.


If you weren’t scared of anything, what would you do?

I wouldn’t work, and I would travel, and I would go to places on the earth that are dying – ecosystems that are dying. I’m really passionate and interested in the environment and people’s relationships with the environment.

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