Creating a schedule for the school year can often be a stressful task. After all, the classes that students decide to take in the fall will determine the rest of their years. Thus, students need to thoroughly think about which classes they want to take.
Before choosing classes for the year, students should consider their post-graduation plans. For instance, some colleges recommend specific courses or have a certain set of requirements separate from the necessary graduation requirements. With that in mind, students should form a list of all the schools to which they may apply and the requirements for each school. Doing this can prevent any surprises when the time comes to apply for colleges.
The ideal course load challenges students without mentally exhausting them. In order to find that sweet spot, students should consult the myriad resources available in school, including counselors, teachers, and students who have already taken the classes that a student is considering.
The most important thing to keep in mind when choosing classes is the individual student – their capabilities, their aspirations, and their other commitments. Students who participate in numerous extracurriculars should consider the workload of each class they want to take and determine whether they will have time to commit to both their classes and their extracurriculars. While students may be tempted to populate their schedules with Advanced Placement and Honors classes, they must be realistic and honest about their availability.
Overall, each student needs to create a personalized schedule that caters to his or her own abilities and limitations and creates a healthy balance between school and extracurriculars.
Emma Rooholfada is a senior at Rancho Bernardo High School. She is participating in an internship program with 92128 Magazine.