If a student isn’t interested in a certain project, it would kind of defeat the purpose of doing the project in the first place. All five of the projects currently are Habitat for Humanity, which involves building homes. This would be a great opportunity for students who are interested in doing such a thing, but those who don’t want to build houses will not gain much from the experience, and will do it more because they are required to do it rather than doing it because they want to give back to communities.
Another issue that has come up is the limit of spots on each project. With the exception of the West Virginia trip, each group limits students around 18-20 spots. With a senior class of 120+ students, these spots fill up quickly, and students often don’t get their first choice. Students’ choices could also be limited further due to the fact that some of the trips are very costly; some costing as much as $1,000- $2,500. While financial aid is available for students who can’t afford to spend that much, only so much can be given out.
Requiring seniors to do certain projects does provide some structure and prevents seniors from doing projects that are less engaging than others and slacking off. However, a better solution to fix that issue would be to have each senior doing their own project have their project approved by Bullis, to make sure they are doing meaningful work. This would provide more benefits to students; it would allow them to pick projects they are passionate about, and would ensure that financial worries wouldn’t limit their choices.