• 2022-2023 CSPA Crown Award Finalist
The Student News Site of Thomas S. Wootton High School

Common Sense

The Student News Site of Thomas S. Wootton High School

Common Sense

The Student News Site of Thomas S. Wootton High School

Common Sense

Senior Maya Halpern and social studies teacher Jennifer Bauer switch shoes as they experience each others day in the life. It was an eye-opening experience, and it was amazing to see how much she cares for her students, Halpern said.
My day as a student
February 28, 2024
SMOB candidates were finalized on Feb. 14 as Sam Ross, a junior at Montgomery Blair, and Praneel Suvarna, a junior at Clarksburg. SMOB elections will take place on Apr. 17.
SMOB nominees finalized
February 28, 2024

Best electives to fill schedule

In the typical high school schedule, seven classes fill up seven hours of every hectic school day. The process of registering for each corresponding slot can be an anxious and exciting for some, while confident students may enjoy swiftly clicking away as their schedule for the upcoming year is compiled. At the same time, conflicted students may be staring blankly at a computer screen, hovering through check-boxes and clouds of stress.

Thankfully, if the conflicted student is you in the aforementioned scenario, there is no need to panic. Even if it is edging toward March and you still are not sure you have made the right decision, there are always peers and advisors to help make the choice easier and find the best electives to help fill up your schedule.

When junior Andrea Chen received her registration card in December, she was already certain that she wanted to apply for a class that would prepare her for a future involving leadership. She pursued the opportunity to be involved in Student Government Association and was accepted into the class for the upcoming school year. “I’m taking SGA because I know I will be more experienced in planning and giving back to my community, and I get to have class with unique, talented people,” Chen said.

On the other hand, freshman Jeffrey Riker was not immediately ready to register for the upcoming year but eventually decided to take the elective class Guitar 1. “For me, it was not easy to register for sophomore year,” Riker said, “but I was excited to take guitar because it seemed like an interesting challenge for me.”

In junior Nick Gracyalny’s opinion, students should not stress themselves too much over choosing their classes. Although he could see himself going into the field of accounting someday, Gracyalny chose to apply to take AP Human Geography in his senior year as he still wants to enjoy learning about a variety of topics in his final year here. “My advice would be to do what you wanna do,” Gracyalny said.

When asked what electives they thought were popular, the interviewees’ answers included team sports, yearbook and golf. The interviewees then argued that these classes are most popular because they offer a break in the day for students who plan to take challenging courses. “PE classes are good schedule-fillers because they’re fun and fulfill requirements and they offer a break from academics,” Chen said.

Unfortunately, there is not a clear method for everyone in picking electives to fill their schedules. “I’m not sure what advice I could give to anyone but I solved my schedule problem by looking for easier classes,” Riker said.

If you are faced with a scheduling dilemma, the best strategy may be to fill out your remaining schedule with electives that will ease your load for the following year, while also keeping you interested. “The best way to pick out your classes I think is to explore new options,” Chen said.

 

Brian Myers

Features Editor

Leave a Comment
Donate to Common Sense
$2000
$2000
Contributed
Our Goal

Your donation will support the student journalists of Thomas S. Wootton High School. Your contribution will allow us to purchase equipment and cover our annual website hosting costs.

More to Discover
Donate to Common Sense
$2000
$2000
Contributed
Our Goal

Comments (0)

All Common Sense Picks Reader Picks Sort: Newest

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *