Flyergirl13 Tells You How—To Select Classes
Is there anything flyergirl doesn't know how to do? We're thinkin' no.—Sparkitors
It's that time of year again: time to choose your courses. If you've already gone through the course selection process, kudos to you! If it has yet to come, then print this guide out and glue to to your wall until it's needed. Because as we all know, course selection time is stressful. Studies show that it is the number-one cause of late-night crying, beating out breakups and deaths for the top spot. If you choose bad courses, you will fail high school. Your very future depends on your ability to circle those little course numbers well. Breathe. You can do this.
Step One: Choose the required courses: Most schools have required courses. You have to take x credits of gym, y credits of math, and adhjksa credits of basket weaving. I suggest completing your required courses as soon as possible, so you won't be spending the last two weeks of senior year trying to earn those 3.14 credits of Quantum Physics Through Interpretive Dancing that you need to graduate.
DO: Look up the required classes. The administration will often try to hide them in point-4 font because they enjoy nothing more than watching you walk up to receive your diploma, then dangling it above your head and taunting, "Sorry, you still need 2.5 credits of Beginner Snowshoeing!" They will then post this on YouTube.
DON'T: Straight-out ask the administrators what classes are required. They will laugh and tell you that you need to take three years of Flower Arranging in order to graduate.
Step Two: Cross off the classes that you've already taken. Okay, we've circled all the classes that you have to take. Now look at the sheet and cross off all the classes you've already taken. This process of elimination will help you determine what classes to take.
DO: Keep a list of classes that you've taken. If you forget whether it was Symbolism in Disney Movies or Hedgehog Trimming that you took freshman year, you'll have to ask your guidance counselor. This will involve a trip to the Underworld. Travel safely, and take care not to be eaten by that three-headed dog.
DON'T: Challenge your counselor's pet three-headed dog to a game of tug-of-war. You will lose. And get eaten.
Step Three: Cross off the classes that you can't take.
Clearly, not every class available at the school is available for you. Some classes have prerequisites that you don't meet. Some require you to write a four-page essay to be admitted, and you just don't want to do that. Others require the approval of that teacher you had freshman year who turned out to be the spawn of the devil.
DO: Take every single intro-level course the school offers, whether it be Marketing 1, Wood Tech 1, How to Build a Nuclear Generator 1, and so on. Then, you will have met the prerequisite for the second level of these topics, and will therefore have more options available.
DON'T: Take classes in only one subject area. If you take only history classes, you will find that the only art class you qualify for is Drawing Naked People 1, and that's just freaky.
Step Four: Cut, Paste, and Choose. Now that you've decided what you can't take, you need to choose what you will take. First: cut out all the classes individually. Second: Paste them onto a dartboard. Third: Use those darts to pick your classes.
DO: For optimal results, close your eyes when tossing the darts to get the most diverse selection of classes.
DON'T: Close your eyes if you have bad aim. Then you'll end up hitting your cat, your little sister, or yourself with a little sharp pointy thing, and it will hurt.
Good luck with course selections!
That dart thing sounds like a foolproof plan. Does picking classes stress you out?
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