Dryden Students Write...
June 9, 2021
Lessons Learned from Bugs Bunny
Inspired by a column titled "Lessons Learned from Bugs Bunny",
students explored what they gleaned from their favorite TV shows, movies, and books.
Putting their thoughts into words, they created their own "Lessons Learned" pieces.
The last four pieces comprise our season finale and are presented here.
Haikyuu! Life Lessons
by Addie Tresnak
Have you ever been a part of a team? Whether it’s a sports team, a group project, or even helping put furniture together, it takes a lot to cooperate with other people. By watching the TV show Haikyuu!, an anime about a high school boy’s volleyball team, I’ve learned many things about teamwork, competition, and creating new bonds.
We all know how difficult it can be to get along with other people, especially if they’re your competition. However, when on a team, it’s important to put these disagreements aside and work together. Shoyo Hinata and Tobio Kageyama’s relationship in the show is the perfect example of this.
At first, in middle school, the two can be shown going up against each other on separate teams. After taking a devastating loss, Hinata swears that one day, he WILL beat Kageyama. Later on, we find out that they end up going to the same high school and being on the same volleyball team. At first, the two are furious that they must be on the same team, let alone work together, but as the show continues, they do their best to put their differences aside and (almost) cooperate.
Something else I noticed while watching Haikyuu! is how easily Hinata creates bonds with people because of the way he puts himself out there and constantly has a positive attitude. Something I’ve always kind of struggled with is making new friends. I’ve always chosen to stick around 2-3 people and ignore everyone else. However, watching Hinata just go up to people and spark conversation helped me realize that if I want to spread my wings and expand my friend group, I need to be able to just relax and put myself out there.
In episode 11 of the first season, Hinata can be seen getting lost in a city after running too far. Another teenage boy can be seen sitting on the ground, waiting for someone to pick him up after also getting lost. Hinata has no problem immediately going up to him and starting a conversation, eventually making a new friend, Kenma Kozume. We later learn that Kenma is a part of another team, Nekoma High School, that will later face Hinata’s team in a match.
Lastly, I learned that having competition is good. Competition is what drives us to keep going and improving on things to become better. In Haikyuu!, this is seen throughout the whole show. Everyone in the show is constantly working to improve and become better than their opponents. For example, like mentioned before, Hinata and Kageyama are constantly fighting over who’s better, which only drives them to want to keep improving in order to prove themselves better than the other. Being on a team can be a lot of work, but in the end, it’s totally worth it.
Valuable Life Lessons Learned from “13 Reasons Why”
by Becca Weiss
If you haven't already watched it, I thoroughly recommend that you do because it has so many hidden and powerful lessons that everyone can relate to especially if you're in high school. Also, spoilers are included!
Netflix released 13 Reasons Why, a series based on the book by Jay Asher. The story brings to life the harsh reality of suicide and reveals the potential harm words and actions can have on those around you, even if it wasn’t intended. 13 Reasons Why goes above and beyond teaching many lessons. These lessons can help improve the daily life of ourselves and others.
1. Words can have a powerful impact on people.
Just about everyone in the show both received and spoke hurtful words. Many of these teens don't think about what they were saying or how it impacted someone but when they did it was too late. Just because you think it wasnt mean or hurtful doesn't mean it doesn't affect someone else. Think about what you say before you say it.
In season one Hannah Baker was bullied by the high school “jocks” about being a “slut” or a “whore” just because this one time she had kissed Justin Foley. Justin went back to school the next day and spread rumors about her even though she has only ever kissed him in her entire life. All these words she was being called was one of the many reasons Hannah ended her life. No one had realized this until she was already gone.
2. Everyone Has Their Own Issues
No one will ever truly know what's going on in someone else's life. You can't just assume that oh this guy has a perfect life because he's rich or this girl is so gorgeous she must have it easy because, in the end, they might not. You have to treat people respectfully and be nice to them because you have no idea what's going on behind the scenes in their life.
Although Hannah was the start of the storyline in season 1, it's not just her life that's starting to unravel. Throughout the 4 season series, her story connects each individual character, and we learn of their backstories too. Like Justin having a bad home life, Jessica being told lie and after lie, Tony has a tough exterior but struggles to stay with his family, and even Bryce not having the best home life but everyone assuming so just because he's rich. It just goes to show that no one's life is as perfect as it first appears.
3. Covering up problems does not make them go away.
If anyone does anything to you that is illegal, or harmful at all, seek out help. Don’t try to cover it up and keep it inside because it will eat you alive over time and will cause you to crash and burn. Talk to someone you can trust, and act on what happened.
In the show on multiple occasions, everyone tries covering up their problems, but they still linger throughout the seasons causing the teens to have deeper problems. Like how Clay and everyone on the tapes is trying to hide the tapes from everyone but this leads all of them feeling even more sad then just talking about it with someone.
4. Friendships are important
In high school, it's very important to have friends you are close with and can trust. Although people want teens to tell a trusted adult about everything, they don't always feel safe to do so, and having close friends gives you that person to talk to. Talking things out with your friends could help you and get a different perspective on things.
This show really shows how important friendships are even if they are people you didn't think you'd be friends with. This group of friends is all tied together between this one girl who ended her life (Hannah Baker) and all 13 of them were the “reasons” she ended her life. But in seasons 1-4, they become closer and closer because they all trust each other with their lives. They know secrets about each other that no one else does.
5. Actions have consequences. Always.
There are many, many times in all stories where someone makes a horrible decision, and the consequences are detrimental. The consequences may not immediately come around, but they will in time. It’s all the more reason to think twice.
One out of the many examples in this show, as sad as it is, is when Justin dies at the end of the fourth season. From seasons 1-4, Justin struggles with drug abuse and tries to recover. We see him from being on the streets stealing money doing terrible things to rehab recovering. He relapses and him thinking there will be no consequences this sadly was the end for Justin Foley. But that was only one of the many actions that had consequences in this show.
If you haven’t watched the series 13 Reasons Why, I highly encourage you to do so. It will change the way you think, act, and even speak. It will help you to become more aware of the consequences of everything you do and say.
Lessons Learned from Harry Potter
by Delaney Wolle
As kids, we never realized all of the things tv shows and movies taught us. But to our surprise, movies and shows taught us a lot . Growing up, most of us read the Harry Potter books or even watched the movies, but never realized all of the lessons we learned from it. Harry Potter teaches many lessons with friendship, bravery, and many others.
One lesson we learned in the Harry Potter series is friendship is very important and can help get you through anything. Starting with the first book, when every student was to report to their common rooms because of the big troll. Ron and Harry rushed to go tell Hermione since she was in the bathroom not knowing about the news. Although it turned out the troll was in the bathroom with her, Ron and Harry went in to help save their friend. All of them worked together to beat the troll and save Hermione from it. If Hermione’s friends weren’t there to save her, who knows what would have happened. Another example of this is when Voldemort was in Harry’s head and as Harry was about to give up he thought of all his friends and family; “You're the one who is weak. You will never know love or friendship. And I feel sorry for you.”
Along with friendship, Harry Potter also shows it doesn’t matter where you’re from or how others perceive you, it matters what you achieve and work hard for based on your skills and ambitions. An example of this in Harry Potter is Hermione Granger. Hermione was muggle-born and got made fun of for it quite a lot, but it didn’t stop her from being the top witch of her age. This shows that it doesn’t matter where you're from as long as you work and try hard for what you want and believe in, you will succeed.
Not only did we learn to work hard and not give up, but Harry Potter also taught us don’t give up when things seem dark/difficult because things will get better. We see this when Dumbledore tells Hogwarts students at the first dinner of the semester “Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if only one remembers to turn on the light.” This is when the dementors were coming to guard Hogwarts. Dumbledore knows hard times are coming and wants to alert the students beforehand. He is trying to give students the information they can use to defend themselves against all the dark creatures. Towards the end of the book, Harry finds out how to deal with the dementors and also learns that Sirius isn’t as bad as people made him out to be.
Given these examples, movies and tv shows teach us many life lessons without us realizing it. Especially in Harry Potter, where the series teaches us that friendships are important, it doesn’t matter where you came from in order to succeed in life, and that even when things seem horrible and dark, it gets better.
All television shows teach us lessons, even though sometimes we don’t realize. These lessons can be so valuable to our everyday lives, just like the lessons learned in the show Jane The Virgin.
Relationships are a tricky subject, whether it's a significant other, a friend, or even family, they’re never going to be perfect. For young teenagers who are just figuring out who they are or who their friends are, it can be so hard to know who's good and who's bad. Jane teaches us how to push through bad relationships and keep the good ones healthy. Throughout the whole series, Jane is caught in a love triangle between her boyfriend Micheal, and her son's father, Rafael. Both relationships have their ups and downs, and Jane (and both men) teach us how to navigate through those hard times within those relationships. She also has some tension with Rafael's ex-wife, Petra. From the start, Petra didn’t like Jane, but that didn’t stop Jane from being kind and helping her out, resulting in an amazing friendship between the two.
Family can be a tough subject to speak about, sometimes families are dysfunctional, no one's is perfect. This can be hard for some people to grasp, but no matter what family is always your biggest supporter in the end. Especially for Jane, she needs her family most throughout the entire series. Her mom and Abuela are her two biggest supporters and give her the help she needs no matter what. There is an episode where Jane gives birth and while she’s in the hospital, her son gets kidnapped. Jane is helplessly lying in the bed worrying about her newborn baby. Her whole family comes together and not only comforts Jane but goes and rescues her child. Their family happened to be fighting before all of this happened. This just goes to show, that no matter what family will always have your back.
One of the biggest lessons young kids need to learn is to never give up on their dreams. No matter how impossible it challenging it may seem. Dreams are so important and you can get there. Jane shows us all the emotions of reaching a dream. There is good and bad. There are times where it will seem so impossible to reach it, and so far off. That’s when most give up. Jane persevered through every single obstacle she faced. She wanted to give up so many times. She was told by many people “you’ll never be an author” after years and years of trying, in the last episode, Jane finally did it. She became a published author.
Shows like these teach us so many valuable lessons that aren’t always taught in school or by parents. It’s important to take those lessons to heart, you never know when you’re going to need them.