High School Lessons
Self Discipline / Personal Goals
• How We Treat Ourselves... While your life can sometimes seem like it is spiraling out of control, you can easily do two things to help you manage your stress levels and your academic life: be more physically active during the day and get enough sleep each night. While sleep helps you physically rest, it is equally important for your mental well-being. Remember, your brain is still developing and the things you do now, will have a lasting affect. You may not be able to control how your parents react to that bad grade in math or make your boss at work more accommodating, but you can make a point to treat yourself better so you can live life to its fullest.
• Focusing on Those in Need...Open your eyes and look around. Someone needs your help. Maybe it is an emergency situation and you can administer CPR or first aid. Perhaps, a community nearby has been devastated by a natural disaster and you can lend a hand. You do not have to be a superhero. Dallas Jessup and the teens from Texas have impacted lives simply by educating others about preventing sexual attacks and abductions. It can be as simple as telling your friend to ignore the text and drive.
• Community Supporter...Volunteering is not about giving up your time. It is about what you receive. Volunteers polish their skills, meet new people, learn something new. When people come together and work collaboratively, problems are tackled. When you volunteer, your community becomes a stronger one. When you participate in service learning, your understanding of an issue deepens and your commitment to solving problems intensifies. Volunteering and service learning are essential elements of strong communities.
• The Addiction Trap...Drug addiction is a complex disease. Drugs alter the functioning of the brain in ways that encourage the compulsive drug abuse. Escaping the trap of addiction is difficult, even for those who want to. Fortunately, through research and studies, drug addiction can be successfully treated.
• Real Stories - Real Lessons...Environmental factors play a siginificant role in the potential for drug abuse and addiction to develop. Acceptability by family and friends can lead to a skewed perception of what is and is not acceptable when it comes to substance use. Oftentimes, students using drugs feel that they need to either take the drugs in order to please those around them or at least stay quiet about it to not cause disruption and conflict. Either way, for some, drug use seems a completely helpless and fear-ridden state of living where escape is nearly impossible. It is important for students to know learn about resources that are available to help them escape or to help friends to escape the living nightmare of drug addiction.
• The Effects of Drugs on the Brain...The brain controls the body’s every experience— movement, memory, and your perceptions of the world: sensations of hot and cold, emotions and logic. When drugs are introduced into the body, they alter how the brain works. This changes all experiences and alters the body’s ability to work properly.
• Leaders in the Business World...The business leaders in this lessons are from varied sectors of the American economy. They are some of the top leaders in technology, entertainment, investment, and fast food. They are innovative and not afraid of making mistakes and are leaving behind a lasting legacy.
• Don't Ignore / Don't Accept - Bullying...Cyber bullies thrive in the modern day online environment. Identifying and protecting yourself against a cyber bully is an essential survival key to middle and high school. Cyber bullying can happen to any student at any time and it is important to know that your teachers and parents are aware that it may occur. You should never stay quiet about it, no matter what.