Under spectacularly sunny skies, Tabor students and faculty traversed the campus all morning to listen to the senior project presentations. Thirty-six seniors, the largest number ever, gave 10-minute presentations on their projects, sharing their inspiration, challenges, successes, and outcome.
What seemed clear was that every Tabor student who chose to work on a senior project did so because they are passionate about their topic. When Shemi Adams was in grade school, a mobile dental office visited her school for the day. It was then that she knew she wanted to become a dentist. Interning in a local dental practice for the past six weeks has only reinforced that passion for her and helped to solidify her motivation to move toward that goal. Kelsey Boch produced, directed, and performed a musical called The Last Five Years. She has been active on the Tabor stage all four years and plans to study theater arts in college.
Vyper LaTulippe shared that he had hoped to incorporate his love of ceramics with his desire to give back to Tabor. He created ceramic tiles representing different world cultures now installed in the doorways along the language wing. Heading off to study ceramics in college, he clearly could have focused his last days in the Braitmayer on a project for himself or his family or friends, but instead contributed something of lasting value to Tabor, spending well over 350 hours on the effort.
Another interesting effort on behalf of Tabor was Samantha Cohen’s project. She wrote computer code to help the Dean’s Office match up students with similar interests to aid in their adjustment to Tabor. She hoped to better match roommates and advisories through her process. Yasmin Madmoune’s project was also an effort to contribute to our community by raising awareness of the experience of students of color on campus. While Ryan Zeien created a sports cast in the style of ESPN Sports Center he hopes younger students might continue.
Matt Carvalho also created a project for others, sharing the stories of cancer survivors through video and dance. Working with a team of dancers over countless hours, he managed all aspects of the creative work aside from dancing in the show himself: choreography, lighting, costuming, directing, marketing, and video production, etc. He even raised money and awareness for the American Cancer Society while providing acknowledgement and empowerment to the survivors.
The senior project period allows seniors to drop some classes, if they are able, to free up time to pursue a project of their own design. Past projects have run the gamut from artistic to academic to professional to mechanical. This year was no different. We had hands-on projects from refurbishing boats to creating a unique aquaponics system to building custom fishing poles, skis, surfboards and even a slapping alarm clock! There were creative production projects from DJing to fashion blogging and podcasting to video production on social issues using interview. We saw original works of music, theatre, comedy, and dance, amazing microcellular photographs, and finger painting. There were professional and non-profit internships from nutrition to dentistry to nursing to economic development and youth mentorship. Through their presentations we learned about financial and micro investing, what it means to live in the Deaf World, and ways Tabor might expand on its connections in New Bedford. From one to the next, the projects were thoughtfully planned and earnestly executed with each challenging and rewarding the participant.
We are always inspired by the talent and tenacity of our students as they take advantage of this unique opportunity each year. It is always fun to imagine the ideas generated among the underclassmen as they dream about what they might explore during their senior year. We’ll have to wait until next year to see those ideas come to reality!Please enjoy our summary of the projects on our website, and enjoy these photos taken over the seven-week project period.