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Get a Life (101)

Eight years ago, a teacher at LHS named Diana Solis founded a class that is made specially for Littleton High School seniors. This class was started in order for seniors to focus on relevant topics in the real world. Today, on April 14, 2016, LHS is launching the first meeting of this year’s Life 101 Seminar. This class will meet every Thursday from 6-8pm, starting today. It will be located in the library of LHS. Its last class will be held on May 19, 2016.

In order to be a part of the Life 101 Seminar, senior students had to fill out an application and turn them in. The first 50 people to finish and return their application were accepted into the class.

“I thought it would be kind of fun just to talk stuff out and try discussion stuff, and it is also giving me a chance to meet more AP and other kids,” said IB senior Marissa Kelley.

LHS teachers Tiffany Fisher, Jon Saliman, and Thom Uhl are all helping to facilitate 2016’s Life 101 Seminar, however it is mostly student driven. This will be Saliman’s fourth year and Fisher’s third year being in charge of this class.

“It’s always a little different every year depending on who’s there and how they interact, so I’m excited to see what happens,” said Fisher.

Once inside the classroom, students will be able to look deeper into various ideas and discuss them in a thought-provoking way both as a whole group, and in small groups. Kids will also be able to encourage one another as they dig into certain topics.

“…we just explore issues that everybody thinks about. Thom and Fisher and I don’t have the answers and we’re not there to answer the questions or lecture about things, but instead just to guide people through this process so they can draw their own conclusions and come up with their own reflection based off of the course,” said teacher Jon Saliman.

This class is geared to help seniors at LHS to know how to live a healthy life, as graduation is a huge change for these students who are no longer children, but young adults. There are many students eagerly awaiting tonight’s first session of Life 101.

“I’m hoping to learn more about other people and have a chance to express my opinion with other people and see what they think,” said Kelley.

If you are a freshman, sophomore, or junior at LHS this year, while this may not be applicable to you now, it is good to keep this opportunity in mind for when you are a senior. If this class sounds interesting to you, make sure to look for applications around March/April of your last year in high school, and you too can get a Life (101).