Take classes you’re interested in

Pursue your interests and take advantage of the opportunities high school offers

Throughout high school, I have taken many honors and AP classes. While I feel that these classes were beneficial and taught me how to study and work effectively, looking back I wish I would have put more thought into which AP classes I took. My mindset for deciding which classes I took usually consisted of what I thought would be easiest or what my friends were taking, rather than what I had genuine interest in. Being a senior with the decision of choosing a major looming over me, I cannot help but regret this failure to explore and establish my interests.

I wish I would have taken classes that related to careers I may pursue in the future. For most of high school, I wanted to pursue a medical career, and am leaning towards majoring in something medical related in college next year. Despite knowing this, I chose not to take any of the AP science classes Mill Valley offers. Not only could I have had credit for classes that I will actually take next year, but I also could have seen if I actually enjoy these classes enough to make it my future career.

Also, throughout high school I tended to avoid joining clubs and activities that would force me out of my comfort zone. I would not join a club or even attend a single meeting without ensuring that I have at least one friend with me.

Similarly to my situation with AP classes, my lack of willingness to actually participate in what I wanted, ultimately aided my indecision and lack of set interests. Looking back, I wish I would have taken more of the opportunities provided to me.

High school is the perfect time to pursue your interests, so take advantage of it.

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