Scavenging For Classes As Told By 'Hunger Games'

Scavenging For Classes As Told By 'Hunger Games'

If the odds were in my favor, my enrollment window would be open before yours.

This past week with scheduling classes has been a nightmare. I had my schedule ready months in advance and I believed that it would all work out as soon as my time slot opened. Well, I think this every time and of course it's a terrible idea. I have never once gotten the schedule I needed. This semester, I also had to balance going to two schools and working out my schedule to provide time to drive back and forth to them.

I can't be the only one that deals with this struggle. When trying to plan for your future and get into the major you desire it's difficult to not worry constantly. Scheduling your semester is a huge part of where this stress comes from. You have to get the classes in to meet your milestones for the semester while not trying to drown in difficult classes. If your schedule doesn't work out like you planned and you don't get into the courses you need, welcome to my world. You may end up taking Microbiology, Anatomy, and Anatomy lab all in the same semester.

Let's say a blessing for all of us in hopes that we got/get the classes we needed and survive this spring semester. Here are some thoughts we all have when planning and scurrying to get the perfect schedule.

1. This schedule could not be any more perfect.

2. Okay, my enrollment window opens tomorrow morning.

3. May the odds be ever in my favor, right?

4. *Enrollment opens, gets into two courses*5. Well, not what I was hoping for.

6. It's okay I can fix this.

7. I'll keep refreshing.

8. Someone is sure to drop.

9. Okay, not funny anymore, drop the course.

10. I'm going to fail out of my major.

11. Why did I choose this major.

12. This semester will destroy me.

However upset you may be out your schedule this semester, just remember to look on the bright side. At least it isn't the real Hunger Games. Everyone enjoy their spring semester and happy hunting!

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Appreciate Teachers, Respect Teachers, Value Teachers

They really don't just sit around and do nothing!

What’s the first thing you think of when you hear the word “teacher?” Pure hatred? The memories of your evil 5th-grade math teacher who was completely out to watch you fail? Or do you smile, reminiscing about that one teacher who made you feel appreciated, talented, and loved?

Whatever it is, we all need to remind ourselves of the havoc teachers must deal with every single day.

From kids coming into class late and asking for papers that were given out an hour ago to kids being absent for a week and then coming into their teachers’ office to ask for all their missed work, teachers certainly don’t have it easy. Though we may have had them for one class a day, we often forget that that’s not all they teach. That teacher who you had for geography may very well also teach 3 sections of algebra and 2 sections of history, all while coaching the softball team every day after school. On top of their insane workload and having to adapt to changing situations, teachers also put in just as much work at home as we do.

Yeah, so we have extracurriculars, rehearsals, etc, and can’t always get our work done in a timely fashion, but the immense amount of work teachers have is just as substantial. Many teachers have a family to feed, groceries to buy, and 100 tests to grade by the next day before getting angry emails from parents about their kids' grades not being up yet. And parents, they’re a whole different story!

The constant emails and appointment requests are enough to fuel another full-time job. Imagine teaching your students everything you possibly knew, racking your brain to re-educate yourself on these topics, and purging yourself of every detail you could possibly give, only to get a phone call from an angry parent that their child didn’t pass the test you gave.

Immediately, the fault is on you. How dare you fail to educate that child well enough? You try to explain that the child should have studied, that failure is not always due to teachers, but no luck. The parent still blames the teacher. It’s plain blasphemy! But it’s all part of the job. Not getting out nearly as much as you put in. In short, teachers are the miracle workers of our generation's future. Without them, children wouldn’t know how to form sentences, to read, or receive valuable life lessons.

And though some classes seemed as though they dragged on for 2 days, our teachers really did put their heart and soul into their class, and I don’t think that deserves any complaints.

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The Problems Of Online Classes

If you aren't able to take a class in school, in order to get the required credit your only option is to take the class online. But how hard are online classes compared to real ones?

Many students have heard over and over how many credits they will need in order to graduate, and they also all know the struggle of juggling your schedule to make sure that you have everything. Students are required to have four credits of literature, science and math.

Three credits for social studies and then it's optional to have three credits of a foreign language. That leaves two slots open to fill with what that student wants to do. In the state of Georgia, students are required to have a credit of P.E. and a credit of health. But the problem is this: what about students who are unable to fit this into their schedule? Well they have the option of paying to take the class online for a specific amount of weeks that they choose.

For those who go to Lambert High School, their schedule might include a pathway, whether it be business, culinary or healthcare. They might also be in band, chorus, or musical theater. Maybe their freshmen year, instead of taking a social studies class, they took AP Human Geography which is for some odd reason not a credit for social studies. Say this same student is also in band, in the healthcare pathway and does not plan on quitting either during their high school career. This specific student now has to take P.E. and Health online. The thing is, P.E. online is not the same as P.E. in an actual high school.

In P.E. at an actual school, students take quizzes with their notes and may occasionally have to participate in actual physical activities. If you dress out and participate when asked and do the Fitnessgram tests when the time comes, PE is a relatively easy course. Not online though. Depending on whether you are taking the summer course or spring/fall course affects when you have to turn things in. People who take this course in the summer have to turn something in every single day while those taking it during the school year have to turn things in every Wednesday. So, for the purpose of continuity, let's say that the student we used as an example is taking the online spring course for P.E. After having read the syllabus and schedule, they are required to fill out a fitness log each week which consists of the normal "which activity did you do" and "how long," but also consists of your resting heart rate, heart rate after exercising and the amount of calories burned. For those who don't have something that can monitor their heart rate, this can be a struggle even though they tell you how to calculate it. Other than just the fitness log, students have to participate in a discussion by writing a post and replying to one, and they have to complete multiple assignments online. In both the syllabus and actual real time, all of this takes three hours a day to complete. Not only this, but the school hours are 8-4 which for a high school student is not very doable. This student, gets to school at around 7:45 and is unable to get home until 4:30 so they will be unable to take part in the live online lessons which are extremely helpful when confused on something or if there is a project that makes more sense explained verbally. These are also the times that the instructor responds to emails. Because of these time hours, it's almost like online learning was made only for the summer or students who are homeschooled.

Online school, while a great advantage for students unable to take certain classes in school, is also not always the most convient use for students, especially when it comes to the hours the teacher is online and the extreme amount of hours that they have to put into the class, especially when this is coupled with all of the other work that they have from the actual school.

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