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Watching classical horror movies, writing fictional stories, scripting comedial speeches and composing positive media-supporting lyrics to current popular songs were just some of the options in minimester classes provided to Bullis students over the previous years. Bullis has established a way to interest students with a variety of class oriented genres during the difficult transition from Thanksgiving to Winter break. Though, this year, some students have expressed doubt on the English department’s most recent choice in topics and others appreciate the theatrical emphasizing.
Since all the Minimester offerings this year are in the form of plays, they prove to be a challenge for some students to relate to. After all, we are a generation distanced from the dramatic tradition. Having never heard of the selected plays, many students expressed apathy towards Minimester. Senior Haley Economakis voiced that she paid little attention to the Minimester survey:
“Last year, the options were better than this year for sure. This year all the topics are boring and none of them catch my attention.”
Haley was not the only one to voice a dispassionate view regarding the current Minimester choices. Senior Leah Cohn supported Haley by explaining that the plays are ones that many students have not heard of. In addition, Leah added that there is no variety within the individual choices:
“I don’t know any of them and they’re all so specific to one play,” said Leah.
Nevertheless, other students have praised the choices and enjoy the growing spotlight on theatrical performances. Many actors and actresses take pleasure in knowing that Bullis students now have the ability to learn about the significance of plays. These performers hope that a greater knowledge of drama carries over to a better reception of Bullis' theatrical efforts like the upcoming Winter Musical.
Senior Simone Goldstone said, “I like that the school is putting a focus on theater. It's a great thing to be knowledgable in and will make the Bullis shows more enjoyable”.
Come end of Thanksgiving break, the Upper School will enter the third year of its Minimester tradition. The new drama-focused options have enticed different emotions from each student. Only time will tell how this year stacks up against years prior.