Registration guide: By students, for students

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Registration guide: By students, for students

Different classes' books sit stacked. Registration has proven a tough time for students who do not know what classes they would like to take.

Different classes' books sit stacked. Registration has proven a tough time for students who do not know what classes they would like to take.

Different classes' books sit stacked. Registration has proven a tough time for students who do not know what classes they would like to take.

Different classes' books sit stacked. Registration has proven a tough time for students who do not know what classes they would like to take.

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As registration is approaching and teachers are making recommendations, underclassmen are trying to decide which classes they want to take in the coming school year. While this can be an exciting time for students who have a plethora of interests, it can be stressful for those who are unsure of the classes they would like to take.

For those in the latter category, here is some registration advice.

First of all, make sure you’re taking classes that suit your strengths; just because a lot of people you know are taking AP and honors classes doesn’t mean you have to, as well.

“I would recommend not taking (classes) that you feel will boost your grades, just to boost your grades,” senior Ruby Bradford said. “If you aren’t very good at (the subject) it will just bring your grade down anyway.”

Junior Isaac Byrd echoes these sentiments.

“Don’t stack AP classes just to have a higher GPA,” Byrd said. “That could actually be horrible for your performance, and could cause school to be much less enjoyable.”

There is another key to properly registering for classes: take classes you think you could enjoy, as well as classes that will set you up for future high school and college courses you plan to take.

“(It’s smart to) go ahead and think about what classes you want to take the next year (when registering for classes,” Byrd said.

Similarly, Bradford pointed out how AP social studies classes, like human geography and world history, are set up to prepare students for future courses with their respective content and course organization.

At the end of the day, it is often better to take classes you genuinely have interest in over those that may seem better to get into college. Taking classes just for GPA boosts and class rank typically leads to students regretting their decisions in the end.

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