Course options overwhelm students

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By Maya Fankulewski

Illustration by Kassidy Weber

Each year students stress out for many reasons; one of those being the numerous amount of elective options. Since most students only have one or two open elective spaces, it’s a challenging decision picking between the music, art, foreign language, AP courses and publication classes.The endless amount of choices offered make it difficult for students to come to a final decision. 

Electives add unique and fascinating hours to an otherwise boring school day. Instead of just taking the required core classes like math, English, science and history, an option to pick interesting electives allows students to live a more fulfilling high school experience, however there’s too many elective options. Guitar seems entertaining, learning Japanese would be interesting, Culinary seems amusing, but Ceramics seems enjoyable, too. Where do students even start in order to find the perfect electives?

To start, there’s so many great foreign language options that the school offers. This includes Spanish, French, Japanese and Chinese which makes it very difficult for students to choose between. All of these languages seem like fascinating choices and useful to have in the future. If only there was enough elective spaces to learn all of the amazing languages the school offers. 

Let’s not forget the variety of music options. Choir is outstanding, band is amazing and orchestra is phenomenal. There’s also a guitar and other music based classes like History of Pop Music or Music Appreciation. It seems incredible to be able to have a good time playing an instrument for a part of the day. These classes are so impressive that it’s a struggle to choose what’s best. Picking between singing alto, playing the tuba, practicing the cello or strumming the guitar is a difficult decision. These classes also allow students to go on school trips to Disneyland, Europe, New York and so forth. This adds even more to this stressful decision. 

There’s so many other electives that listing them would take forever. To top it off, there’s many art classes like Drawing, Ceramics, Painting, Art, and so on. Classes such as Film Studies, Teaching and Training, Business, Theatre, Computer Science, Journalism Foundations also allow students a chance to explore future career options. There’s also a lot of AP electives to pick up. With AP Psychology , AP Art, AP Computer Science, AP Music Theory and others. The chance to get college credit overrides all, and students are left still confused on what to choose. 

Too many elective options are offered which makes students fortunate to have such a variety of classes to pick from. It’s extremely hard enough to choose between a language and instrument, art classes and AP courses, electives are stressful. Good luck deciding on electives next year.

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Maya Fankulewski is a sophomore and a newcomer to “The Roar” staff. She is excited to write and take photos for the news website. In her free time, she volunteers at Key Club and the public library and practices clarinet as well as piano. In addition, she enjoys hanging out with her friends and family. She hopes to pursue a career in either journalism or the film industry.