By: Brendan Duddy
Its March again and everybody knows what that means. It’s course selection time, a time when freshmen, sophomores, and juniors select their classes for the following year laying the foundation for their future.
On the week of March 19th, counselors will hold meetings with juniors (and their parents if they wish to attend) to help them prepare for not only a successful senior year but also help them prepare for the college application process. Meanwhile, freshmen and sophomores will select their classes for the following year in-house on PowerSchool.
However, they too will be given the opportunity to meet with their counselors in April. Freshmen will have their meetings during English classes and sophomores during their social studies classes.
Every year, one question that is raised for juniors is, “what classes do I take next year to make my life less stressful but also look impressive to colleges?”
To answer this question PrideTime sat down with Brien McMahon senior, Rebecca Dickson, to find what classes she thinks the juniors should take to help impress colleges but also allow them to have minimal stress in their final year as a student at McMahon.
When asked what her easiest class was this year Rebecca said, “Dramatic experience, we do simple things every day and there's never any homework. We do have tests but for tests, we just have to do a simple one minute scene and other things.”
She went on to say, “It's overall really easy but helpful for speaking and getting comfortable in front of crowds. You just have to be willing to use your imagination and do things you wouldn't normally do.”
She was also sure to warn of her hardest class, UConn French, explaining, “It's really hard. There's a lot of speaking and writing assignments. There's always lots of homework each class and our tests aren't ever specified, it's always a range of things in a textbook, so we never really know what could be on it.”
What about science?
Most juniors take either chemistry or physics. Most chemistry students traditionally move onto physics next but for the students in physics, there aren’t many full year science class options for their senior year unless they're willing to take an AP level course.
Rebecca found herself in this very predicament and chose to take AP Environmental Science. “I enjoy the class because of Mr. Linsky. I enjoy the fact that he doesn't treat his students like children but more like young adults who he respects and can connect with intellectually.”
Rebecca, who is an aspiring lawyer, has recently received acceptance letters from; the University of Connecticut, the University of Maine, Roger Williams University as well as Quinnipiac University.
She also has one final recommendation for the juniors.
“I would suggest (the BMHS Voluntary Internship Program) it gets you out of school earlier and allows you to go out and experience new things that will help you in the real world.”