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October 19, 2013

Teenhood Today: Seminars have taught me to speak my mind

Like most people, my favorite day of the week is Friday. For obvious reasons. It has been my favorite day since, about, the first day of kindergarten. But this year I especially love Fridays because of English class. Every Friday we have a “seminar” where two people introduce a topic to the class. We are then encouraged to dig deeper into the topic and allowed to debate. Yes! I love being able to speak my mind and give my opinion, which translates into: I love debating.

These seminars, I think, are fantastic. Not only do we get to express our feelings and opinions but we also get to hear those of others. We talked about the conflict in Syria and the U.S.’s involvement and I was swayed in my opinion. It’s extremely refreshing to look through other people’s eyes.

One of the other topics brought up was that of fracking. I didn’t really think that I had an opinion on that issue. I wasn’t for it. I wasn’t against it. But about halfway through the seminar I came to realize that I actually did have an opinion. When you’re given a setting in which to speak your mind, sometimes you realize what’s really on your mind.

Another topic was that of legalizing marijuana. Should we? Should we not? Just for medical purposes? For recreation as well? The two presenting that day showed us a video of a company who makes a bunch of different products using medical marijuana. Some of those products included soda, ointments and even ice cream! I had absolutely no clue! I’ve found that I usually walk away from these seminars with a broader view and more information to make a founded opinion with.

As I said before, I think these seminars are a genius idea! I know, however, that everybody reading this can’t just pop into my English class and join in the discussion. Sorry. But the key things we gain from these seminars can be found anywhere if you look. The broader view can be gained simply by looking around and stepping into someone else’s shoes. I know you’re all probably tired of hearing that, but it’s absolutely true. 

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