Current and Former Students Reflect; Does SHS Teach the Right Stuff?
By Julia Franey and Bobbi Mendes
High school is an essential part of life in terms of discovering who you are. High school helps you to develop maturity for adult life. High school is an important chapter where you begin to learn what you need to do in order to succeed throughout college and your quest to develop a successful and fulfilling career.
Current students had a lot to say about what they know now in terms of being ready to tackle the academic world.
“Organization plays a big role in being prepared for tests and quizzes because it’s easy to forget about them and if your notes are organized you will do better. In college you need to be aware of deadlines and important matters so by being organized now in high school, this will better prepare you for life on your own,” said sophomore Hannah Papagno.
However, some students feel as though some important topics that should be taught are being replaced with some less essential topics. To certain students, the vast amount of academic classes you have to take in order to graduate are not as necessary as a class teaching you how to do your taxes, how to succeed in a job interview, how to open and manage a credit card, how to lease an apartment and many other activities you need to know for adult life.
“The academic classes in school are extremely important, however, oftentimes the same topics are taught over and over again instead of other essential matters needed in life after high school including paying off student loans and many other matters in which you will be tackling on your own,” said junior Tess Billo.
As a result, many students at Stoughton High School feel nervous and scared to go on to college and leave high school. In order to aid students in this transition, Stoughton High should try to include more classes that pertain to students living on their own and gaining a sense of practical professionalism for college and their careers.
Overall, Stoughton High does in fact provide students with academic knowledge needed for adult life. Students already learn general skills such as high level speaking and listening through their courses, but perhaps need to see those skills applied to more real world situations.
“I just feel that Stoughton High School has prepared me for academic college but I do feel that there should be more real life application classes,” said senior Pushpal Regmi.
It is common for high school students to want to rush out into the world, but are students prepared for that? Two Stoughton High School alumni shared their perspectives on this matter.
Lily Noe (freshman) who now studies engineering at Wentworth Institute of Technology, and Rachel Armany (sophomore) who studies journalism at George Washington University have provided insightful information about their own experiences post-SHS.
Both students were very involved in school activities, participated in multiple sports and extracurriculars. They are well-rounded, to say the least.
Noe participated in cross country, softball, basketball, and was the vice president and team captain of Destination Imagination: a science and mathematics club in which she made it to globals. Additionally, she was a member of Step Up To Excellence.
Armany was in marching band, several musicals and plays in the drama department, member of the National Honor Society, journalism club contributor, and president of Spectrum. Armany was also a member of Step Up To Excellence.
Armany said, “All of these experiences were essential to my high school identity; I loved all of them!” She also said that her love for her teachers was a big reason why she became active in school. “Having teachers who really believed in me led me to pursue the academic interests I am exploring today,” said Armany.
Armany thanks Ms. Jenna Kelly for helping her decide that she wants to write for a living.
Noe said, “Teachers are super willing to help.” She explained how although they may be tough at times, it all helps in the end when it’s time to go off on your own.
Armany and Noe took AP and honors classes, which helped them prepare for challenges in college like studying techniques and the criticism of professors. They find that some classes are more helpful than others. Noe said, “Help is there when you need it, but there is always need for improvement.”
Noe also feels that she was not necessarily prepared for college and finds that it is much harder making it on her own. The heightened expectations, dramatically increased workload, and complete independence are all different from high school, and harder.
Perhaps high school is too easy, although many SHS students reading this with hours of homework ahead may beg to differ.