Classes to Take Before Graduating High School

Photo Credits: Jubilee DelGado

By: Emma Glezen/Content Editor

Many seniors fear they may not be prepared for the real “adult world” after high school. While they feel ready for college, they don’t feel they’ve been trained for adulthood, like balancing a checkbook, doing their own taxes, going to the doctor or even cooking their own meals.

If students know their college major, then they can most likely try and form their senior year schedule around the classes that they will need for college while receiving college credit.  In doing so, students will spend less on college tuition and be better prepared for their future.

Most kids though would rather pay for their necessary courses in college and learn about basic needs while in high school.  Classes that teach content relating to learning how to pay taxes, or how to behave and perform at a job interview, or balance a checkbook or even basic household responsibilities are more appealing to some high school seniors because they want to be prepared for the real world.

Blue Ridge is starting to make headway with providing students with classes they want to take before graduating.  Starting in the beginning of this month, Blue Ridge added another period to the school day on every other Thursday.  Some of these classes include Finance/Investment, Health Science, Law Enforcement, Cooking, and many more.  These classes were added based off of a survey that was spread through the school for students to submit what classes they would like to take.  Although many people were placed in random classes to begin with, they can now change classes to be able to fit what they want for after high school.

High school students from freshman year to senior year alike, can benefit from these classes.  According to Jenna Crocker, freshman, “…the class can be beneficial to the students, if they are in the correct class for their desired career and for students who are not sure about their future, it can give them a good idea of what things are out there.”  Emma Mangel, senior, has similar thoughts to Crocker, “It’s a good opportunity for younger kids coming up to build an open mind for future jobs or education areas they can move into once it’s their time to make those decisions.  Although for seniors it won’t have that big of an affect on us because most of us know what we are doing.”

Emma Glezen is a senior at Blue Ridge High School and this is her first year in Journalism. She plays volleyball but, loves to watch baseball. She cherishes her family and two dogs, Jett and Gypsy. In her free time, she enjoys being outdoors, spending the time hunting and fishing. She also hopes to further her education at Penn State Hazleton to be a physical therapist assistant.