Advisory teaches life skills to survive adulthood

Adulting 101


Josh Brown

Students learn how to change a tire and jumpstart a car with health and PE teacher Pete Zell during their advisory block outside on Dec. 4.

Recently, advisory has shifted from a “mini-study block” to an Adulting 101 crash course. 

“These adulting lessons that we have been taught in the past two advisory classes are crucial for the well-being of independent lifestyles,” said junior Elijah Torres.

Some students benefit from being taught how to become individualistic thinkers because they are learning important skills needed for an independent life from advisory teachers.

“Advisory has shown me simple things I need to know to take care of myself as an adult. For example, today in advisory, my teacher brought his car and showed us how to measure the oil level which can be useful in the future,” said freshman Azaria Sheffield. 

Some teachers, such as health and PE teacher Pete Zell, provided his students with a more creative lesson in the parking lot outside.

“You need to know how to jump-start your car, and you need to know how to change a tire because you don’t always have roadside assistance,” said Zell.

The new advisory lessons provide an early start to surviving adulthood before leaving high school.

“In the past, advisory lessons weren’t that helpful because they seemed kind of pointless, and now I feel like we’re actually learning the life skills that we need. I think it’s really going to be helpful in the long run,” said sophomore William Solares. 

Students relate to William because previous advisory lessons failed to attract or engage attention. Since doing a more effective lesson centered around a topic that students need for the future, they have become more eager to participate.

“It definitely makes me not treat it as a second study block because I want to learn what’s the difference between credit and debit and how to write my name in cursive. In the past, I would have just done my homework,” said William.