How you too can survive Gunn High School

by: Matt Goldman

Unit 2: Influences

1. Inside the Teenage Brain: While someone is a teenager, their brain is in a critical period. During this period, which occurs near puberty, the teen gets a burst of intelligence, more rebellion and defiance, and their passions fluctuate greatly. In addition teens tend to try more risk taking activities. If we do not keep the brain healthy a common side effect is prolonged adolescence, and needing to sleep more. One way to help your brain is to sleep the suggested amount every night. I learned that it is normal to experience rebellion and more risk taking behavior, and that most teens also demonstrate the same habits.
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2. Learning Styles: There are three main styles of learning. First there is visual learning. People who are visual learners like to use pictures, charts, and written instructions to best understand information. Second there are people who learn best by listening, either lectures given by the teacher, or reading out loud as a class. These learners are called audio learners. Last is kinesthetic, which is more physical learning. For example kinesthetic people may need to get out of the seats in class or keep being involved in class to be able to actively learn. I learned that I am a visual learner, and have started to adapt to that and for example, if there is a projector and a lecture at the same time I will focus mainly on the information on the projector, not as much on the lecture. external image learning_styles.jpg

Unit 3: Individuality

1. Gender issues: One of the biggest problems socially throughout all people is gender division. Both genders have unique acts they must follow in order to fit in and not be bullied or considered weird. The stereotypical ideal guy is someone who does not show weaknesses, must be violent if they are getting picked on, not soft, and need to be athletic and muscular. This is a hard goal to achieve because first of all, a lot of people aren’t violent and will not pick a fight with anyone who they don’t like. The stereotypical woman is someone who has all the newest designer clothes, should have the perfect body, and use a bunch of beauty products to make them look better. Like the males, this goal is near impossible because all of the clothes and products would cost a fortune, and being “perfect” involved surgery and being one in a million.

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2. Disabilities: Every year there are thousands of disability discrimination cases that can reach all the way to the Supreme Court. They can vary from people trying to limit the activities people can do, to disabled people suing others for discriminating against them. In 2007 EEOC received 17,734 charges of disability discrimination, which is much more than the year before. Although the community has been improving on their accessibility, they still have a ways to go. First of all a lot of areas do not have complete access for wheelchairs and walkers. Secondly since there are such a variety of learning disabilities we need to have more programs to meet the individual’s needs, because one general system isn’t enough to help every person and their disability. I didn’t realize that disability discrimination is such a big problem and even that it exists in court cases.

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Unit 4: Health:

1. Stress: stress is a part of life that affects everyone at some point in time. For students the main causes of stress can be excessive amounts of homework or tests, peer pressure on some issue, or relationship problems. If you do not adapt to the stress and begin to solve it there are many problems that can occur. There are chances of diabetes, digestive disorders, chronic inflammation, prolonged injuries, immune system problems, depression, increased chance of getting a disorder, or even death. I was very surprised how many bad things can happen due to stress. I figured it just happened than went away after the problem goes away, but it can affect your whole life.

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2. Sleep: Similar to stress, sleep is something that everyone needs. For a teenager the recommended amount of sleep each night is eight hours. If we miss merely one night of sleep it can affect us for many days, and oversleeping the next day does not make up for it. The side effects of sleep deprivation include exhaustion, lack of functions, inablility to keep attention, increases stress, lack of growth, headaches, slow metabolism, grumpiness, shortened memory, and slower reflexes. I now try to sleep eight hours a day, at very least seven, however it is hard because of the quantity of homework we get. I was shocked when I learned that one day of bad sleep can mess up the sleep pattern for weeks, I figured sleep bad one night than sleep a lot the next night and you will be fine, but that is not the case. external image Automobiles680.jpg

Unit 5: Substance Abuse

1. Addiction: Drugs are a big scale problem for people of all ages in our country. Not only are they bad for your physical health, particular ones are extremely hard to quit once you try them. Some drugs, such as acid, cocaine, meth, and heroin are addictive after only one try. Although most drug users don’t start with these hard drugs, the gateway drugs, which aren’t quite as bad, usually end up leading to the bad drugs that cause major harm.
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2. Short and Long Term Effects: The effects of drugs vary from minor to life threatening. Over the counter, or legal drugs, don’t cause harm, in fact they help. Most drugs are not that way. For example marijuana, which is considered a gateway, and not quite as serious as some other drugs can affect the users whole life. Although the side effects of the “minor” drugs aren’t incredibly terrible, the hardcore drug’s effects are gruesome. The long term effects of the drugs range from swelling and loss of senses to disintegration of vital organs and even early death. external image %20%20before%20and%20after.jpg

Unit 6: Sexuality

1.Methods of Birth Control: There are many ways to prevent becoming pregnant and obtain diseases and sexually transmitted diseases. Unprotected sex can lead to accidental pregnancy, STDs, and HIV/ AIDS. The only flawless way to prevent them is by having abstinence. However the most common and simple way of stopping them are through condoms. People can buy them at a wide variety of stores for cheap, or go to a clinic and get them for free. Other not as common, but still effective, up to 99% of the time are prescription birth pills, IUD, and oral contraceptives, such as a ring, a series of shots, or using a patch, similar to a nicotine patch. It is scary how one mistake of not wearing protection can effect you for your whole life. In addition I was surprised when the Outlet person said that 50% of people with diseases do not show signs or symptoms, but still carry the disorder. This is kind of scary because you may not even know that you, or your partner has a problem until its too late.

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2. Teen Pregnancy: Teen pregnancy is a massive problem with teenagers in America. 34% of women become pregnant before they are 20 years old, and 80% of them end up on welfare supporting their families. Having a child at such a young age affects the mother and father negatively in multiple ways. First of all, it takes a lot of care to tend for a child, which students do not have. Secondly many relationships will fall apart while the woman is still pregnant, leaving her alone with the baby. One entry that stood out to me was in the packet when a teenager wrote in the perspective of her unborn baby. Her view was that the baby loved the mom, however it wished that she thought more clearly about that night, and that now it is just the baby and the mother against the world.
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Being successful in Gunn:
1. Keeping up with the class and ask for help: Depending on the classes the incoming freshman enrolls in the work load can vary. For people in the higher classes, with more homework, it is very important to keep up with the lessons. If you fall behind make sure you immediately go to your teacher and ask for help. All of the teachers here are exceptionally nice and will assist in any way possible to help you out. From my personal experiences, i was started to fall behind in math, so i went to my teacher and asked for help. In a matter of days I was caught up with the class and was fine for the rest of the year.
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2. Plan out your work: Whether its finals week, or a weekend with excessive work and tests assigned, it is very helpful to plan out your time accordingly. Finals week is the most stressful part of the year at school, but if you go about studying in a good fashion, it is much easier. In order to organize your time efficiently first you must either use you planner or a piece of paper and write down all of your classes and what homework, or content you need to study for the test, for example study my notes, and retake old quizzes. Next you make a rough estimate of the time each subject will take. After that you pick an order of importance and start working. Make sure to leave fifteen or twenty minute breaks whenever you switch subjects, to lessen the pressure.
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