What is What’s the Story?

What’s the Story somehow seems hard to explain. It’s a course unlike any other. It’s not really an English course or a story making class, it’s a lot of things. Most course you sit in a room and listen to someone lecture. Although we do partake in a considerable amount of sitting, usually when we are we’re working on our projects as a group. And our “teacher” didn’t choose our group, we chose our own based on our similar passions and interests. There is structure to our work, but the groups create the structure through planning with the help of our mentor, a person who helps support us, but only when we need it. My experience in What’s the Story has changed my perspective on a lot of things. Although this isn’t my first year, I’ve found myself looking at things from a different perspective. I am always thinking of my story and how it relates to my everyday life if there is something that I may subconsciously be doing that is contributing to the issue. When I think about my project I think “ok it’s about gender equality” but that’s not the whole truth. Our project isn’t just about gender equality, it looks at stereotypes and how growing up around stereotypes can affect you, it looks at how education systems are or are not supporting their students through diverse curriculum, and it looks at how students and teachers have both similar and different views. It’s a lot, but the main idea is that gender equality is still a thing, but we can help fix that by educating our kids. People who should apply are students who are open to sharing ideas and committing yourself to a group and story. This project is not your typical Google slide show presentation for a class, its a year-long deep dive into something you may not even know you were passionate about. It’s incredibly fun but it’s also a lot of work, and if your not committed to the work, then I wouldn’t recommend What’s the Story because your group and the success of your story depends on your commitment to working hard and sticking to it, even when it feels like its going nowhere.

Grace Darrow

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