Learn to Love Learning – Things you should know when making your course decisions for next year

Learn to Love Learning – Things you should know when making your course decisions for next year

Julian Clarke, Managing Editor

You’re asking yourself things like “Is this weird?” or “Are other people doing this too?”

Everybody hides his or her feelings about the subject, yet you and I both know it’s noticeable. You see it on people’s faces, you see it in their body language. Believe me, I’ve dealt with it all throughout high school, and once through a system that is now defunct.

I’m talking about course selection.

If you thought otherwise, go take a lap, you deserve it for being perverted.

With arena long gone, the world of course selection at Staples has become a whole lot simpler, much less tear-filled and incredibly hard to mess up.

Regardless, I’m told that, still, myriad students end up being unhappy with their schedules every year.

I find this hard to believe.

Quite frankly, and sans any trite, there is not a bad teacher at Staples, save for that one dude in that other department (you guys obviously know who I’m talking about), so your decisions are made a whole lot easier.

All you underclassmen have to worry about is whether or not you’re interested in something. You like history? Take AP World next year. You’re into foreign languages? Take Chinese (or Spanish, or French, or Latin or some other language we teach at this school). You have a fondness for greenhouses? Take Horticulture.

Too often do I hear students worrying about how hard a class might be or choosing to take a class because they apparently know “it’s an easy A.”

Yes, the easy A does exist at Staples, I won’t try to dissuade students from believing that, and it probably isn’t a giant surprise to educators in the building.

But the grade is not really what matters when you’re deciding whether you should take Studio Art or that fifth AP course so you can get into whatever that college is you want to go to.

Staples is about learning. You will learn a lot in every course you take, and you will be taught by, most likely, an enthusiastic, incredibly knowledgeable person that cares about your success.

So, there is only very little advice I can offer you when deciding which courses you should take, because you already know all of the details, and if you don’t, all the information is out there.

I can tell you that you should take courses on subjects you’re truly interested in and not because you think you ought to or because of the swell grade you might get after the year’s done, because you won’t have challenged yourself, and you won’t have enjoyed the class.

I can also tell you that you should take Advanced Journalism.

Greatest class.