Advisory

We know that advisory periods offer moments for students and faculty to engage in authentic conversation. Here are five storyteller videos with corresponding discussion questions to spark ongoing conversations. You can use these videos once a day for a week or spread out over a semester. We have provided activities if you want to dig a little deeper with your advisory.

  • Step 1 Watch A Natural High Video
  • Step 2 Discuss Together As A Group
  • Step 3 Go Deeper Through Fun Activities
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The playlist includes:

Bethany Hamilton, Colleen D’Agostino – Platinum Recording Musician, Rob Machado – Pro Surfer, Corbin Bleu – Actor, Dancer & Performer, Chelsie Hightower – Professional Dancer,

Bethany Hamilton

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DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

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Question #1:

Bethany says that staying drug-free was not a hard choice for her. Is it a hard choice for you? Why or why not?

Question #2:

Bethany lost her arm to a shark attack, which changed her life forever. She discusses how everyone has problems, including school, family and other issues. What are some of your small challenges? How about some of your larger ones?

Question #3:

Describe a small or large challenge you faced recently and how you dealt with it. What are you proud of in your response and what would you change?

Question #4:

Having a natural high helped Bethany stay focused during a difficult time. Do you have a Natural High, a relationship, or a responsibility that helps you to remain focused? What is it, and describe a time it helped you to keep your focus?

Question #5:

Have you ever been disappointed or dissatisfied by your natural high? How can you use Bethany’s story to encourage you to overcome challenges when your natural high seems to disappoint you?

Colleen D’Agostino – Platinum Recording Musician

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DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

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Question #1:

Colleen describes performing as the best feeling she’s ever had. What’s the best feeling you’ve ever had? Why?

Question #2:

One out of five teens suffer depression. Writing music helped Colleen with her depression. Why do you think this was so for her?

Question #3:

Colleen suggests we be aware that some people need help. Have you ever noticed someone in need of help? What did you do? Would you do anything differently in the same situation? Explain.

Question #4:

What advice do you think Colleen would give to a teenager who is considering using drugs or alcohol as a way to cope with depression or other problems? What advice would you give?

Question #5:

Colleen says that you need friends and you should surround yourself with “people that push you to be your best self.” Do you have people in your life that push you to be your best self? What kinds of things should friends do to support each other?

Rob Machado – Pro Surfer

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DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

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Question #1:

Have you ever attempted anything that required you to be totally brave to try? Explain.

Question #2:

Rob says that people retreat into a different world when they use drugs and that drugs can distort your view. Have you known someone to abuse drugs and retreat? Talk about your experience.

Question #3:

Surfing isn’t always easy for Rob. Talk about a time when something you enjoyed wasn’t easy. Did you persevere? Did you give up? What would you do again? What would you change?

Question #4:

Rob says that he needs to ease into things. Do you think that typically you are the type of person who jumps into things or do you prefer to ease in? Have there been times you’ve had to do one or the other and it made you uncomfortable? Explain.

Question #5:

Rob’s dad was someone Rob could look up to and also who Rob says brought him “back down to Earth.” What do you think he means by that? Who does that for you? Who do you do it for?

Corbin Bleu – Actor, Dancer & Performer

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DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

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Question #1:

While Corbin settled on performing, he tried “everything” growing up. What have you explored doing? What would you like to try?

Question #2:

Corbin talks about being bullied as a child. Who could you turn to if you were being bullied?

Question #3:

Corbin decided to make some intentional decisions about who he hung out with and tries to surround himself with people who bring him up. Have you had to make similar decisions about your friends or friend groups? What did you do? Do you think this is something you should be doing now?

Question #4:

Who are the people that bring you up?

Question #5:

Immediate payoffs, according to Corbin, are not ones that usually last, including the feeling you get from drugs. What are some long-term payoffs you’ve enjoyed that took hard work? Describe what you had to do for the payoff. Was it worth it? Why or why not?

Question #6:

Corbin is extremely proud of his work. What are you proud of?

Chelsie Hightower – Professional Dancer

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DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

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Question #1:

Dancing helps Chelsie express herself. What do you want to express about yourself, and how do you share that expression with others?

Question #2:

Chelsie says that making sacrifices helped her to grow as a dancer. Describe a time you’ve had to make a sacrifice for something important to you.

Question #3:

Giving up something in the moment for something in the long-term can be difficult. Talk about a time you’ve had to delay gratification. Was it hard? Was it worth it? Why or why not?

Question #4:

Why do you think Chelsie believes moments of failure are the most important? Do you agree? Why or why not?

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