5/20/2013: Today I had the opportunity to sit-in on the anti-drug assembly that is given by the E.U. government to every high school in Europe. Sitting in the chair right before the assembly started, I felt like I was in high school again. I listened to the nervous chatter about how silly this was and how they couldn’t wait for it to be over. There was a group of older boys in the back that broke out in song to be silly and get the attention of the girls sitting in front of them. I really felt as though I had never left!
So the assembly started with very dramatic music and a man naming famous musicians that had all passed away from drug use; Elvis Presley, Janis Joplin, Curt Cobain. Then, as a surprise to me, a band took the stage and they played through some of these famous musicians hit songs. It seemed like an odd way to educated high schoolers about not using drugs, but it was really entertaining and fun.
Nearing the end of the concert was when it got very serious and solemn. The female sang a very sad song about drug addiction and about how students should look to their futures and not ruin them with drugs. This assembly reminded me so much of the assembly my high school gave the day before Prom. It started out fun to get our attention then had very sad stories that would impact us and make us think.
Most of the Czech students didn’t seem to mind the assembly but quickly went back to pranking each other and flirting with the cute boys or girls. I guess high school students are the same no matter what country they are from.
Eugenia D Copeland