I have friends who take all honors and AP (college level) courses in
high school. They literally spend all of their free time doing homework
and studying, because the classes are very challenging. You might ask
why they do this to themselves? Well, it looks great on your college
apps and if you pass the end of the year exam you could get college
credit and not have to take that class in college.
I don't take all these classes. I take one AP class and one honors
class, but neither of them involve too much work outside of school, so I
work 6 days a week. I think this is good, because I have work
experience for the future and I can save up money.
Between taking all AP/honors classes or taking regular college prep
classes while holding down a job, which one do you think is more
important? And why?
I'm currently in high school, but I have a job and will get a job in
college. My parents are helping me with college costs, but I will need
to work and get as many scholarships as I can (none so far :( ...).
I'm in the same boat as you, in that my dad makes too much money for us
to get financial aid, but we live in a kind of expensive area, so we
really don't have much extra money after paying the bills and taxes
(which are crazy and took half our money this year :/ ) so I know I'll
have to work hard for my education.
It's good to hear that you can handle all those jobs and college, I'm
glad to know it's possible, and it's motivating for me!
Hm, if the prices were the same, then no.
I would save all that money and just start working. Maybe I'd take a
class or two that were interesting to me online or at an inexpensive
community college or something, but I'd rather just jump into work and
start being paid instead of paying all my money to go to school.
Or just relax at home for a few years, because as soon as you're out of
college and into work, there's really no more relaxation time anymore.
High schools should definitely have a mandatory personal financing
class. This goes along with a forum I posted about having more high
school classes that will teach us skills that are relevant in real life.
We need to know these things, and we should be educated about them
rather than take a class like film appreciation where we sit and watch
movies every day. I mean it's a pretty cool class, but honestly, it's
not a valuable class, yet I have to take it because at my school it's
mandatory to take 5 classes (because our school gets more money this
way) and none of the other electives were open or had the right class
period for me. Like I've said before, I feel like our high schools are
becoming less about educating our kids for the future and more about
making as much money as possible and just being a staple in our society.
Of course we learn beneficial skills in some of our classes, but I think
it's minimal, and we need to learn more things like personal financing
because it's something we need to know how to do in our lives.
So throughout my high school career, I've sat through some pretty dumb
classes seriously wondering what I'll use the information for in the
future. I think high school should be a little more like college rather
than pretty much the same as jr high, where the students can choose
which subjects to take that interest them more than others like really
advanced math that they won't be using (like trigonometry) in their
future careers. Every student should learn all the basic subjects up to
a certain point that they'll use the information or skills in their
future, but then I think they should be able to drop classes that they
know won't benefit them because they are interested in completely
different things. It's a bummer that we have to take 4 years of every
main subject now to be able to make it into a good college.
This way, their grades will also really be based on their efforts,
because think about it: when you have a project in a class you enjoy and
have interest in, you're usually more inclined to work harder and do
better on that project than in (for me, personally) a high math class or
a subject that you dislike.
Also, do you think that high schools should have more classes that will
actually help them in reality? Such as drivers ed, learning how to
balance a check book, learning how to pay taxes, and all those things
that some kids start to do even when they're 16 years old. I think some
of these classes should be more mandatory than others.
I feel like high school is more of a formality and a staple in our
society more than a learning tool to educate young students and prepare
them for their future lives.
Do our high schools need to change to better our future generations?Any thoughts?
This is a difficult topic; on one hand I feel like if guns are allowed
in the state, they should be allowed in the schools because it's like
leaving thousands of students defenseless against crazy gunmen(or women!)
But on the other hand, I agree with the other argument against young
adults without a fully-developed brain who go to parties and have guns?
That sounds dangerous to me.
Maybe they should just adjust their security and make police force
stronger and have more presence.
Okay so this isn't much of a discussion topic, but more of a help topic.
Still I'd appreciate the help. I'm a high school senior now, and I
can't wait to get out of here now that I've chosen my college and sent
all the paperwork in. College is taking up 50% of my thoughts every day,
but something I'm confused about is registration.. how do I know what
classes I want to take and how do I sign up for them? I know most of
them will be general ed but I still have no idea what I'm planning to
do. I know some of you will say talk to a counselor, but my counselor
at my school seriously sucks. I know she won't help me, and I like to
do things on my own anyways because I feel like I understand it better
if I plan everything out in my own head and do it myself.
I'm planning on majoring in business marketing and minoring in
photography, can anyone tell me what my first year's schedule might look like?
Also is there any way I can sign up early or have a better chance of
getting into classes that fill up quickly? I know about crashing, but
is it necessary or can I get into a class a better way?
I agree completely; I actually just posted a forum in a more general
sense about how colleges are just too expensive. I'm really hoping I can
win a scholarship, I just feel like there are so many hundreds of
thousands of people applying for all of them that I barely have a chance!
This is a huge problem for me. I am a senior in high school, and I am
in college prep level classes, and one of my teachers is dumb as a rock.
I really don't mean to be mean, but if you knew the guy, you'd have to
agree. The administration receives complaints about him weekly and
pretty much just ignores them now because they are so normal. The only
reason he's not fired is because he's a great sports coach.
This teacher finds study questions online and gives us packets of up to
two hundred questions to complete with each book we read. His quizzes
are the study questions exactly. A big problem is that kids find the
questions and answers online and then simply copy them down. No one
reads the books because they can pass the tests without having to. Our
teacher actually realizes this and lets it go, so pretty much our entire
class just copies a packet of questions and answers to lined paper.
Besides having occasional side assignments or watching movies, this is
the main thing we do in his class.
(By the way @shinny 437 one of his side assignments is word searches and
we have the same circumstances!)
I really hope that I won't have to deal with this kind of thing in
college! I feel like it's such a waste of time and money spent on
school, and we don't even learn anything from copying down some
questions that no one understands because they didn't read the book. We
waste hours on mindless writing and no learning.
I can't wait to get away from the time consuming, mindless busywork.