Reflection on Project Week
Project Weeks take place twice throughout the semester, in the fall and in the spring. Having just experienced his first Project Week since starting the UWC program, our first-year student journalist Lorenzo del Prete has shared some reflections about the meaning and importance of PW with us:
The first Project Week at RBC was an occasion to discover the beauty of new places and new faces. But is it just that? Project Week is also an opportunity for everyone to discover parts of themselves that sometimes remain below the surface during the rush of (extra)ordinary days at RBC. It is a time when hiking is not just hiking, but also making new friendships; when a service to a community becomes a service towards oneself; when a trip around a city becomes a trip inside our consciousness. Each student is led to change, to challenge, to improve, learning to plan routes, to climb a rock, to take collaborative decisions, to collect experiences outside the classroom and to condense theory into concrete results. While sharing our time with our fellows, we get to share our stories, our beliefs and our ideas, and that is the path to stretch our minds, to compare and to understand that diversity is not only about differences, but more often about veiled similarities, which would uncover themselves after exhausting climbing or when we dream of our warm home and our favourite meals. These feelings, once shared, unite us even more with our peers. Project Week is a pause which catapults us between wonderful landscapes away from our textbooks, essays and annoying devices. It is the moment that we realise that the world does not actually end outside the college gate, but rather begins just a step further. And when we get out of the bus, in that very instant we understand that the world is the place the school prepares us to embrace, discover and build.
by Lorenzo del Prete