As part of the learning-by-doing approach at ESSEC, we prepared a poster presentation to demonstrate our soft skills in English. We were given a lot of freedom with our topic but had the guidance of choosing a current political, environmental, social or technological issue and the impact on a given population. It was without surprise then that the topics covered were indeed very diverse.
Personally, my group presented a poster on the subject of child beauty pageants. This task seemed straightforward at the beginning but the most rewarding part was realizing how much deeper these issues go than what we see and hear from in the media. By doing our research, we were astonished at some of the psychological effects of pageants on young girls. This is why I feel like the poster presentation was a great aspect of project-based learning as it tied together several skills worth practicing.
Touring around some of the groups, I was astonished at some of the very unique issues and learned about a myriad of subjects, such as the whaling problem in Japan and student debt in America. The diversity of the presentations made this a really interesting and educational event!