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A student in need of help with scheduling

Question: Dear Erin,

    With scheduling currently happening at the school, I’m concerned.  I don’t know what to use my elective blocks for.  My friends say to take ‘easy’ classes to boost my GPA, but I don’t know which ones are ‘easy’.  Do you have any suggestions? What should I do?


Stressed Scheduling Student


Dear Triple-S,

Well to start out, always make sure to take the classes that you personally are interested in, not ones that you are told are easier or recommended to you by friends. What you want to learn is much more important than what your peers want you to learn. Plus if you end up not enjoying the classes that are pushed onto you by others, that can cause other problems down the road for your schedule and your GPA.

However, you shouldn’t worry about scheduling as there are many resources available at CHS to help you figure out which electives would be best for you. There are so many options for classes and schedule types in general, such as IB, Honors, Vocational Programs, and Internship Programs, so it is expected for students to be a little confused at the start. That is what our counseling offices are for. School counselors are there to put together your schedules, help you navigate different programs, and answer any other questions you may have about these programs.

So as you can see there are lots of different ways to help alleviate your worries about your schedule and GPA. Take your friend’s suggestions with a grain of salt when it comes to your own schedule, and make sure to always contact or schedule a meeting with your counselor if you have any questions. If you still feel confused or worried about what classes would be the best for you, you could  always take an  aptitude test, which helps to determine which professions you would work best in. Hopefully, these tips and tricks have helped you to feel better about your upcoming scheduling and that the rest of your school year turns out fantastic!