During our elementary school years all our choices were made for us, whether it was who would become our playmates or what subjects would be taught to us. But when we reach middle and high school, we are given more freedom on what we can take, and this gives us the chance to explore different materials and meet people who have the same interests as us. Although by the time you are reading this you most likely have already chosen your classes for the year, you should know that it’s not too late to make some changes. In almost all high schools, there are four core classes that are required to be taken for that given year.
Challenge yourself, but treat yourself, too
If you like a certain subject, say math, don’t be afraid to challenge yourself and take an honors or AP math course. Yes it is true that you don’t want to overwhelm yourself, which will cause you to do poorly, but if you believe that you can pass the class, there is no one to say that you can’t do it except yourself. If you believe in yourself, you can achieve anything you set your mind to so don’t be afraid to take a chance.
In addition, it’s important to make sure that you’re taking at least one class that you actually want to be in! Electives are offered in high schools so you can discover your skills and to develop your character. Whether you are a “CSI” fanatic, actor-in-training, or future chef, schools always have a class in which students can have fun and learn something at the same time.
High school offers you a time in your life you can explore any small given interest without strings attached. It is the only time that you will have to pick up a new hobby and meet great people without having to use much effort. All that is needed is a quick talk with your counselor and you can be off to an amazing year knowing that the classes you’re enrolled in are the classes you want.
Prioritize studies and making memories
Lastly, remember that the year flies by, and to make the most of each experience. Prioritize by putting studying and projects before spending time with friends. High school has many things students can become involved in, and it’s important to get involved so that you can make memories and have a good time while you’re maintaining good grades. There are several clubs that can serve also as community service hours and provide references for future scholarship applications or jobs.
When you reminisce about all the good times in high school, you won’t remember the boring class you took because you didn’t choose your classes well, you will remember all the great friends you made through your electives and the fun things you did together, whether it’s going to football games, raising money for a cause, or sketching together in art while passing a couple of jokes from time to time.
High school is a time in your life that you will only live once, but if you do it correctly, once is enough. Take chances, study hard, and reach for your dreams. The sky is the limit on what you can succeed at in high school.