Classes I enjoy or classes colleges care about?
Besides the core classes and classes I need to fulfill requirements, I have opportunities to take courses I am really interested in, but aren't truly related to paths I may be taking in college and beyond. For example, I will likely go into a science field, yet would love to take ceramics.
I will probably take it anyways because I can't plan my future down to the detail and can't totally depend on pursuing science just yet. However, I am interested if it is even worth a worry over- do colleges care at all, or do they just want students to do what interests them, even if it means a class that isn't necessary?
BOOST YOUR GPA
Most majors start with basic courses and get more intensive the deeper into the program you get. Especially starting around the junior year (or equivalent), you may want to look at electives as a way to maintain your GPA. I’m not suggesting that all your electives be easy-A courses, but if you know you have a heavy required course load coming up, it might be nice to balance that with a comparatively easier elective. Something with homework that doesn’t take quite as much attention can help keep you afloat when you’re drowning in upper-level coursework.
HAVE A LITTLE FUN
While there are some requirements in your major that are intriguing, not every course is going to leave you wanting more. If you know that such a semester is on its way, look into electives that will keep you engaged throughout the semester. Motivation can be difficult to find if none of your classes interest you. Electives can also offer a mental break from a semester filled with major-requirements that are all about the same subject.
FIRST CHECK WITH YOUR ACADEMIC ADVISOR
Your academic advisor can help you understand the best options for completing your degree, so obtaining pre-approval before you register for any courses/credits is key. Getting classes pre-approved ensures that the credits you earn will apply to your degree program and will eliminate the possibility of duplicating a course you have already completed. Your academic advisor can also help you search and select courses at other regionally accredited institutions.
Nadia having experience and knowledge in areas outside your field of study can only serve to make you a better consumer of information. Being informed is important in this day and age, whether it’s about politics, history, science, social issues or Art — the list goes on. Taking classes from other departments will give you an insight into things you might not have considered before. And unlike general education classes, the choice is completely yours.
Hope this was Helpful Nadia
You should absolutely take a ceramics class if that is something you are passionate about! While colleges do want to see that you have pushed yourself to take a challenging curriculum, they also love to see that you pursue the things that you enjoy doing. Taking classes on topics you are really interested in will make you a more well-rounded student, and therefore, an even stronger candidate when applying to colleges. Remember to balance your schedule and your life between activities that will advance your education and career as well as ones that will nurture your soul!
The bottom line is that you do not have to have your career path decided before you get to college. You should feel empowered to spend your time in high school exploring topics that interest you without stressing over how that may impact your future career.
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Best of luck!
I'd agree that you should definitely consider taking classes you may be interested in, even as a hobby! You never know when those skills or experiences may come up in the future, regardless of what career you choose. I'd take a look first at what courses you need to fulfill and see what opportunities there are for these other fun classes. It's also good to balance out your courseload with classes that are relatively more relaxing.
For example, I took a graphic design class in high school that I later used during an internship at one of my college's offices. It was something I was interested in, but hadn't necessarily thought to pursue as a career. Even with ceramics, that will likely teach you important skills in being detail-oriented and patience in getting to an end result. Good luck as you continue exploring what you want to do!