Real World 101 Offered 27 Sessions to Freshmen

Real World 101 Offered 27 Sessions at West Freshman
Posted on 12/05/2019
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Last week, West Freshman students took part in the school’s first ever “Real World 101”. It was a day of learning, self-discovery and preparation for the future. Students were able to choose from 27 different sessions, everything from finance basics to mock interviews to college applications/scholarships.

Teachers Jen Parrett and Jason French began organizing the massive undertaking back in July, enlisting the help of many others. 

“Real World 101 is a combination of several activities we have offered in the past, like the I.D. (inclusion and diversity) Conference, Life Skills, Future Ready Learning, and the Holiday Party -- all in one big day,” explained Parrett. “We wanted to cover self-care, job readiness, community involvement, values, all kinds of things.”

Students attended eight self-selected sessions, plus one session with the counselor and one with the principal.

Here is a sampling of the sessions offered to students.

Feeling burned out?: Come learn about easy techniques to relieve stress – including a chance to make your own stress ball! The end of the year can be a stressful time – Hope Squad is here to help!

The Art of being an Ally: Dialogue led by a former Alumni & Advocate who has traveled the country and abroad & now works locally with both GLSEN and PFLAG. A “Safe Space,” to talk about issues regarding the LGBTQIA+ Community.

Self-Defense: Learn about self-defense from instructor, Dave “Fluffy” Reeves from Jorge Gurgel Martial Arts Center and be an active participant. 

Mock Interviews: Practice for job interviews with professionals that can give you insider tips to nailing your job interview.


Not sure what you want to be when you grow up?: Use real world learning experiences and internships to help figure out your dream job! Come learn about opportunities that Lakota puts together for students!


General First Aid:  Learn some basic first aid techniques and what to do in an emergency in this session. First aid training will help you reflect on yourself & how you and others react in certain situations.

Organization 101: Organization can be learned, but you need to figure out how you organize! Everyone has their own method, so let’s figure it out together and find ways to simplify your studying, homework and life! 

Etiquette:  Etiquette is a matter of making a positive impression on those people one does not know well.  It enhances confidence and is vital in job and college interviews. Consider it attractive packaging that improves the odds of being selected.

Finance 101: Learn to manage your money by mastering checking account basics including: check writing, recording transactions in a register, and balancing your account.

One of the most popular sessions was “What I Wish I Knew” where West seniors came to share what they wish they would have known their freshman year. The seniors talked about the value of being involved in activities – that being busy teaches time management and responsibility, and it also helps make the transition to the main campus easier. They also talked about stress, juggling jobs and sports, and answered questions from the freshman.

Of the 27 sessions, half were led by teachers, the other half by outside community partners. When the sessions ended at 12:30, the school switched gears and started the Holiday Party portion of the day, with options including a DJ and dancing, snacks and a movie.

An exit survey showed that the students overwhelming enjoyed their day. “Their favorite sessions were all over the board, with over half listed as their ‘favorite’,” said Parrett.

“The students were really engaged, with so many different opportunities to choose from,” said French. “We plan to do it again next year, and hopefully it will become an annual tradition for us.”