With the year coming to an end and several seniors graduating, we at the saber slate felt we could reflect on some of our favorite classes that we’ve taken this year. With FHS showcasing a large variety of classes, these paragraphs though diverse still only reflect just a small portion of the classes offered. These are some classes that saber slate writers and editors recommend for your future time at FHS.
One class I enjoyed immensely was 3D animation because I learned a lot more than I expected to. I thought I was going to go in fool around for an hour and a half every A Day and get an A in the class. It proved to be much more of a challenge. Don’t get me wrong, I loved every minute of the class, it was just so much more engaging than I thought it was going to be. The only time you have to fool around is when an image or animation is rendering because that takes a long time, but hey, that’s what the internet is for! Mr. Boettcher was an amazing teacher, showing everyone how to make their designs and animations look like they’re supposed to so that you don’t have an arm that waves inside out and backwards, and he would put on videos from famous movies that use animation to help the students to understand what they could do if they kept working at this skill.
One class that should definitely have a space in your schedule is Intro to Computer Programming. In it, you learn how to code in Visual Basic and create both mini codes with small functionalities and large projects, such as an online menu and a video game. The class is easy to get into and understand even if you’re not a technology buff, and it’s a good idea to get some coding experience. It’s also only a semester long, making it an ideal fit for a busy schedule.
One of the best classes I’ve taken during high school was Film as Lit. This class is all about movies and analysis of their themes and techniques. It’s a fairly laid-back class that allows you to experience movies that you might not have chosen to watch on your own. We watched some of the classics, like Psycho and Rebel Without a Cause, as well as newer movies, such as Planet of the Apes. This was a fun class, because you were almost always guaranteed to be watching a movie in class everyday. All of the movies were really interesting, and the analysis you are asked to do is fairly easy. When I took this class, it was a nice break in my schedule. I would recommend it to anyone looking for something entertaining! You can actually learn a lot from these famous, classic movies and they’ll stick with you.
Why take AP Calculus BC? It’s mind blowing. AP Calc BC is not for everyone, and a teacher has to recommend you for the class. However, if one is recommended for the class, you should definitely consider taking it. AP Calculus BC covers a full year of college calculus material, as opposed to AP Calculus AB, which covers one semester of material. The class is a good slap in the face to all the smarticle students out there that like to cruise through classes that are too easy for them. The concepts are generally not hard to grasp, but the algebra will annihilate you. While AP Calc BC is not an easy A by any means, it is still a lot of fun. For those that enjoy learning (admit it), AP Calc BC is a great opportunity. In the 2016-2017 school year, the class was taught by Mr. Klemp. He made the class laugh on a regular basis with his straight faced math humor. The overbearing stress balances out with the fun class time, however unlikely that may seem. Furthermore, everyone wants to avoid taking math classes in college. Save some money and time by taking AP Calc BC now in a pleasant, relaxed setting. Enjoy a good laugh about L’Hospital’s Rule. (take the class and you will get the joke)
AP Chemistry was a crazy class. While it was stressful, hectic, and downright infuriating, it was also memorable. Surprisingly, I don’t regret taking it. After being accustom to years of retakes, extra credit, and bare-minimum studying, AP Chem was a wake-up call. I was challenged more than I had ever been in any other class. I learned not only how to study efficiently, but also how to accept the results of work—no matter what happened. If you want to be challenged as a student and grow as a person, take AP Chem. I promise—it’s a lot more fun than it seems (if you like a class full of hilarious nerds and a shared sense of camaraderie) and with a lot of hard work, you will definitely succeed.