To add to the stress of selecting a college, you’re supposed to craft a competitive application. Have a job, play sports, be in clubs, be social, have extracurriculars, volunteer, take difficult classes, excel, and don’t miss a day of school. In your spare time, decide your future. I don’t think we need to lower expectations. I think we should make it easier to fulfill them.
I would like schools to be able to better cater to students’ needs. I think if a kid plays a sport, he or she should get the gym period as a study hall. He or she is getting plenty of exercise already and 40 minutes could really make a dent in homework. I can’t stand when teachers give out busy work to keep kids quiet. Word searches don’t teach anything; never have, never will, and students realize that. Schools should also do whatever they need to do to allow excellent students to build their schedules. I’ve had it happen two years in a row that I’ve wanted to take an extra science and had it not work out. I don’t think that should happen.
I would like it if someday it could be expected to not expect a kid to know what he or she wants to do when all he or she has experienced is the usual high school rigamarole. I think the transition from “minor” to “adult” should be more gradual. I think the school system should be designed with a more helpful attitude toward students. All these things would aid in bridging the gaps and easing the transitions. These things wouldn’t necessarily help make my decisions but it would make my life easier so that I’d have more juice left to dwell on my future.
Katherine Ahearn is a junior at Unatego Junior-Senior High School. ‘Teen Talk’ columns can be found at www.thedailystar.com/teentalk