Life 101 closes out the year

Since the middle of February, a group of Heritage senior have been meeting in the Heritage Library every other Wednesday night to participate in a senior seminar called Life 101. Sponsored by counselor Mr. Brian Powers and Spanish teacher Mrs. Emily Libbey, the seminar has provided the attendees with an opportunity to close out their senior year by talking about difficult subjects and getting to know each other on a deeper, more personal level.

Silje Hayes ’15 and Mina Awtrey ’15 are two of the students who decided to participate in the seminar. Both went into the first meeting not knowing what to expect.

“I felt open to the new experience and I was curious about what the meeting was going to be about,” says Awtrey.

Hayes received a bit more direction before deciding to attend.

“Janeen Plomondon invited me to come, since she is one of the small group leaders. I was also recommended by Austin Merchant, who attended last year,” says Hayes.

Before Life 101 officially started, five seniors were selected by Powers and Libbey to be small group leaders for the seminar, including Tristan Syron, Ian Hargis, Jilliann Simms, Nathan Parry and Janeen Plomondon. Each leader was asked to prepare a speech for his or her assigned evening, covering topics from love to happiness to making amends.

Hayes and Awtrey were both most impacted by the topic of baggage.

“The discussion about baggage was the most relatable one for me. It’s not good to hold on to things past their prime. It’s like old food, you need to throw it away. You need to move past the people who hurt you,” says Awtrey.

Hayes took away a slightly different lesson from that evening, however.

“It definitely helped me to let go of some things that I had been holding on to, but I also learned that some things never entirely go away and that that’s okay,” she says.

Interested juniors can look forward to attending the seminar next February.

“Juniors should go next year so that they can get to know some classmates in a way they wouldn’t get to otherwise. It’s also a great way to relieve pre-graduation stress. It will become the highlight of your week,” says Hayes.

The final seminar for this year will happen on Wednesday, May 13 from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. in the library.

This year, the Life 101 participants created a tradition of eating at Chic-fil-A after each meeting. Chic-fil-A staff members reported that this was the longest table they had ever seen at their location.

This year, the Life 101 participants created a tradition of eating at Chic-fil-A after each meeting. Chic-fil-A staff members reported that this was the longest table they had ever seen at their location.

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