It’s the worst.
The PIP is the Personal Interest Project for Society and Culture classes in Australia. It is evil incarnate. Oh, it sounds like sunshine and daisies – I get to bull shit through a class talking about something I like? Sweet! So this is you at the start:
And then you have a little peek at what the PIP is and you think… ‘What the hell is this? It makes no sense.’ And you realise you don’t even know what a PIP is. So you hesitantly set it aside and start thinking about what interesting things you could research a bit. So now you’re like:
Then you think you find something and realise that because you have no idea what the assignment really is, you can’t even start work. So instead of doing the smart thing and admitting it, you procrastinate.
And procrastinate some more.
Then your teacher starts to lecture your class about the PIP. You nod along and think, ‘Why isn’t this clearing anything up?’ and then you find out that because the teachers never actually get any feedback on PIPs and you never get a mark for it, no one actually has any idea what they’re doing. So you’re like:
Finally you look up the Board of Studies web site to try and work everything out and oh crap… this is all corporate language which means no one speaks plainly. Ever.
To recap you’ve gone from joyful daisy field with rainbows and blue skies to big black cloud of what the?
Still you’ve got to write something down. So you vaguely ask a random question and you start researching. You throw out a survey here and there. You’re confused and you don’t even know what you’re doing. You just kind of drift through.
And then suddenly it’s the night before its due and you haven’t written anything.
Try to scrabble something together, get to 3,000 words and realise you’ve got about 5,000 more to go and you’ve said all you have to say.
And guess what? This is me. Right at this moment. WHAT THE HELL AM I DOING?
Then finally I finish… and realise, it’s pretty much a pile of wordy goo but I don’t care anymore. So hey, what the hell, not the end of the world.