Course selections: Limiting and frustrating

High School Teens making Lasting Life Choices

By Emily M.

The grade 10 and 11 students at Fredericton High School were sat down last week, presented with information for courses in the following semesters. As a senior at Fredericton High School, I know what these presentations that lead to life changing choices can be overwhelming. I have always been skeptical whether or not teenagers at the ripe age of 15 and 16 are at an age and state of maturity where they should be making these choices. Every spring, in most high schools just like FHS hundreds of young students will be expected to make course selections that may limit their options in life or career path.

The glaring problem with the process is simply that teenagers between the ages 15-18 for the most part, are indecisive. A number of those students are clueless as to what they are going to do tomorrow at lunch let alone the rest of their lives. “As soon as I was holding the course selection pamphlet, I got a little nervous” said FHS junior Emma Blizzard. She like many of her other classmates are feeling the pressure of some of the choices they will have to make in upcoming months. “I am planning on taking mostly arts oriented courses” said Blizzard “But I don’t want to limit myself, in case I want to do Sciences or Business in University” she concluded.

This concept of “limiting” ones future by the courses they select in high school is a frustrating reality for a number of teens in the public school system. Some teens load up on their course load because they are unsure what they want to go, but take a number of courses “just in case”. Then there are some who take courses related to the subject they want to pursue, and then change their minds, leaving them in a tight spot.

For most of these lives these teens have been told to obey these instructions from their parents, teachers and mentors. Then suddenly they are handed the responsibility to select the path, in which they will travel into their careers, futures and lives. There may not be an alternative in this decision making, however this process is highly flawed, with so many factors affective high school student’s lives.

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