Choosing Your Classes

Decisions, decisions, decisions.

Choosing classes can be difficult, and can often be the fuel to our constant stress eating. What classes should I take? Which ones are my friends choosing? What if it’s to hard? Who’s the teacher? Would this make my schedule to hectic?

Whether your in your freshmen year or even junior, planning out your elective classes is never a bad idea. From personal experience, there have been times when I’ve looked at my class selections for the next four years and have just been overwhelmed with the amount of options! There are so many classes I want to take and I always find myself hoping that I’ll have time for them or that they will fit into my already hectic schedule. I myself have just started the process of planning out my elective classes, so I decided it would be an interesting topic to write about. Basically you will be going through this process with me, and I will be telling you all the things I’ve learned so hopefully you will have an easier time and won’t have to make the same mistakes as me. :)

Never overstretch yourself. Freshmen year was crazy. I had just been thrown into this boarding school, and I was being given so many privileges, and choices that I never had before! Yeah, it eventually got to my head. I convinced myself that I could take on all my new high school classes as well as being involved every day after school in horseback riding, rehearsing for a dance ensemble piece, and doing the school play which cut into my study hall hours. This resulted in me never being able to finish my homework, and always using my free periods for assignments due the next period. Needless to say… I bit off a lot more then I could chew. School comes first. Never take on too many extracurricular classes or outside activities. It’s great to push yourself, but don’t kill yourself. Know your limits, and never take on to much. When it comes to elective classes, space them out between your four years so you’re not constantly stress eating and falling over due to lack of sleep. If there’s a class you just HAVE to take, do it. But then save another class for another year. Spacing out your electives is key when you’re deciding your schedule.

No one knows you better than you. Base your schedule and take classes based off of your own interests. If there’s a class you really want to take, do it! Don’t just base your decisions off of the classes your friends are choosing. You are two very different people. Something that is exciting for her, might just completely bore you. Same thing if it’s the other way around, don’t try to talk your friend into taking the same class as you so you’re not alone. Be supportive, and push your friend towards the class you know she will love and enjoy. By being in a different class then your friends it will cause you to venture out from your friend group. Often times you’ll even meet new people that you connect with that you would of never met if you didn’t take the class and followed your friends.

Make your own path. This class should be your decision. It should make you excited to take on this extra class! It shouldn’t be a hassle and major inconvenience to go to a class that YOU added on. Therefor, this decision should come from you and not your family, friends, or siblings. Don’t take a class because your father or mother is in that field. Choose the class you want to take, make your own path. Your parents should be proud with any decision that you make. If your extra class happens to be an art course and not a science, that’s your choice. Choose a class that will help get you where you want to go, you don’t have to follow the path your parents took.

When it comes down to it, it all depends on what you want to take and what path you want to pursue. I know it’s hard, but try not to let other people’s opinions and views push you in a direction you don’t want to take. And remember, it’s just a class. If you end up not liking it, it’ll eventually be over. This one class won’t ruin your life, but it’s still something you want to put effort into so you can make it a memorable and enjoyable experience.

Yours Truly,


5 thoughts on “Choosing Your Classes

    • Every parent is different depending on their level of attachment and how ready they feel you are to be away from home. The best way to convince your parents is to show them how much this means to you, how it can help you, and how you would still be seeing them every other week. A great way to convince them is for you personally to set up a visit to the school. This will show your parents as well as the school your initiative and responsibility. Once you and your parents are on the visits they will be able to hear first hand the positive effects of boarding school, and not just from adults, but hopefully from some of the students as well. For a more in depth way to handle talking to your parents about boarding school, you should take a look at our recent article, “Convincing Your Parents.” Hope this helps! And if not please let me know so I can try my best to help you on your quest! :)

      – Morgana

  1. Reblogged this on Best Fit Education and commented:
    This is a blog that prospective boarders might like to follow. It is written by three students from Thacher in California and chronicles their lives in boarding from a teenage boarding perspective.
    This post about making course selections in particularly interesting as it deals with the question of choice and making decisions. Obviously there is some guidance provided by faculty advisors to ensure that students are keeping university options open, but when it comes to choosing optional courses, Morgana is correct in her advice to follow your heart, be aware of overextending yourself (boarding school helps you realize you have to make choices in life), choose elective courses based on your interests and blaze your own trail through a school.

  2. Hi Morgana. I am going to retweet this blog post as I feel that you (and your three friends) are doing a great service to prospective boarding students by taking them on your ride at Thacher. I agree with your approach to selecting courses and pursuing the courses that are of most interest to you. High school should be about finding your passions for study and what interests you. Yes, there are a few requisite courses to take along the way to keep your program options open at university, but when you have the chance to try a new elective, take it. There will be plenty of time to specialize once you get to university.

    • Thank you so much! We are still a start up blog, but your kind words have really inspired us to keep going. I am glad you found this post helpful, and If you ever have any topic suggestions or anything you would like us to address from the student point of view, feel free to contact us.
      Thank You!
      – Morgana

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