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Catalog of Lessons by Category > Out-of-Class Experiences > Humanities/Interdisciplinary 2017-10-04T02:11:06+00:00
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A few months ago, Emmanuel Jal visited our school and told us his story. In the hour-long presentation, we sat in the audience in awe by his stage presence and excitement. He told his stories through raps and music that he wrote himself. It was different than what I’ve typically experienced at my school during assemblies. Usually, the speaker stands in one place on the stage and talks about a topic for what feels like hours. This was one of the few assemblies where my thoughts didn’t wander and I didn’t have trouble keeping my eyes open. He knew exactly what to do to intrigue the students and draw their attention. He told us to dance when the music came on and we all smiled and swayed while he preached his story. This experience taught me that I learn and pay attention more effectively when I’m actually interested in what is being told. Emmanuel’s story inspired me and made me want to do more to help child solders. He proved that anyone, even from such a terrible background as his, can turn their life around and make a difference. This experience was something I’ll never forget.
The other day a speaker visited our school whose advice was especially memorable to me. I took notes throughout her speech, for I found the information incredibly valuable. She told us to do something every day that we were afraid to do, and always take risks. She also told us that generally we notice our own mistakes more than others do. She really encouraged us to verge out of our comfort zone, and embrace new opportunities. I found this advice helpful because I typically hold back when a situation makes me uncomfortable or nervous. From now on I’ll try to let go of this anxiety, because of her instructive words. Although this was not a classroom setting, I realized that at any other school I would not have such an enlightening experience. The speakers our school generally acquires have excelled as women in society, and are predominately feminists. At a co-ed school, a speaker would not target the obstacles that women face in our current-day society.