SIE Project Description and Timeline


Joseph Campbell, an American professor most known for his work in comparative mythology, writes about the importance of following your bliss and moving towards that which you feel genuinely passionate about.  He says, “We’re so engaged in doing things to achieve purposes of outer value that we forget the inner value, the rapture that is associated with being alive, is what it is all about.”   What he means is that we spend so much time doing what we’re told and what we think we need to do that we fail to honor what truly makes us feel joyful and vital.  And so, instead, we feel kind of tired and maybe even depressed or resentful.

He also writes, “If you do follow your bliss you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you, and the life that you ought to be living is the one you are living. Follow your bliss and don’t be afraid, and doors will open where you didn’t know they were going to be.”  I think he means that following your bliss helps you feel on track with your true self, and it also brings you to new places and heights you couldn’t even imagine.  Your life becomes an adventure, and you’re excited to live it. 

So, while you have some time, discover and follow your bliss, at least a little.  In other words, explore, do, build, or create something that you’ve always felt passionately drawn to but never had the time or energy for.

Here are some ideas to choose from:

  • Learn something NEW
    • How to play a musical instrument, how to paint or draw, how to sew or knit or crochet, how to cook, or how to sing, dance, etc...
  • Challenge yourself 
    • Do an activity for an extended period in a way you never have before.  For example, if you like to run, challenge yourself to run a distance that you’ve never come close to before, like a marathon.  OR, if you like to do yoga and meditate, challenge yourself to do so for one hour every day for 5 weeks without missing a single day.  OR if you like to write, challenge yourself to write one short story a week.  OR if you like to cook, challenge yourself to cook 10 new 3 course meals for your family. you get the idea.
  • Research and do an in-depth study 
    • Something you’ve always wanted to know more about. The sky’s the limit here so long as it’s something you are very excited to learn about.  It can be something cultural, scientific, physical, emotional, intellectual, spiritual, mystical, environmental, ethical, political, artistic, etc....
  • Design and build something
    • Perhaps a garden, a piece of furniture, a tree house, a tipi or yurt, clothing, etc... 






May 5




You must secure an advisor if you have not done so prior to the school closure. If you have not secured an advisor as of March 12th you must make every effort to secure an advisor, preferably a senior class teacher.  If you still cannot still find an advisor by May 5 you will remain in your scheduled classes.

May 12



You must complete the SIE Project Form with the link provided to you for approval.  In addition, you should email your advisor a brief description of your project idea.  Keep in mind you should choose something that is new to you and challenging and that you can sustain for approximately 4 weeks.  It also needs to be appropriate for school.

May 12


June 12

You must initiate a weekly check–in with your advisor. You are expected to document the time you spent, what you did during that time, and write a one page written reflection, all of which will be submitted to your advisor weekly.

June 12

You will complete and submit your final project to Lucy Liberatore and Susan Tewksbury and CC your advisor. The final submission will include 5-7 PowerPoint slides and a completed reflection journal (which includes all of the weekly entries plus one summary page) about your learning experience.  This will be for the purpose of receiving a P on your final transcript.