Stop, Drop and Get Ready to Roll

By Staff Writers Korben Dunlap and Nico Randle

Switching out of classes midyear has always been an option for Timberline students, it has been a way students leave their classes if they feel like they cannot complete them. When hearing the term “dropping” or “switching out” when referring to classes, it can be alarming, but in many ways it is beneficial for students. Junior Henry Wyman and sophomore Kyla Hollcrost speak about how switching classes can be helpful.

What are your reasons for switching out of classes?

  • H: “I just don’t like the class in general.”
  • K: “It’s stressful, the amount of work and everything, the time, etc. It can be a lot!”

What is your last class, and where are you going next?

  • H: “I’m switching out of PE 2 and switching into choir.”
  • K: “I’m gonna be switching out of my second period, Biology, to Photography, as well as getting out of an online English program and into Math and my 5th and 6th will be turned into a block period for Land Lab with Mr. Marmion.”

Have you ever switched classes?

  • H: “I have switched out this class I didn’t like, I was failing the class because it was way too early in the morning.”
  • K: “Yes, my schedule was constantly changing freshman year, I’d be in a class for like a month and then some teachers would change me around without telling me.”

What do you think other students’ reasons are?

  • H: “I think the same reasons as me, they don’t like the class or they want to be put in the class with a friend.”
  • K: “Maybe they aren’t interested in the subject, it’s too stressful because maybe they don’t understand or maybe they don’t get along with their teacher.”

Does this actually help them in their future education?

  • H: “Sometimes I think it might, say you’re taking your fourth credit for PE and you switch out for law and justice or financing, something that could actually be useful.”
  • K: “It can help them, sometimes it can’t, but for those I know it helped them for their GPA and stuff like that. It can help get closer to graduation and get a better job.”

Do you think it hampers people at all to switch out of the class?

  • H: “Maybe, because for an example, Algebra 2 is not a required class but if someone were to switch out of it may hurt them in the future because its helpful in college.”
  • K: “If people have the option to switch out because of it being too hard, it could, but not likely, unless it means missing an important credit to graduate like a math class.”

Would you ever go back to the class you left?

  • H: “No, I dropped out if a elective and it was an elective I really didn’t want to do.”
  • K: “It depends, certain classes I miss but some I completely don’t miss. I’m a lot closer with a teacher I used to not get along with.”

Do you think there are any problems with people leaving their classes?

  • H: “If someone wants to switch a class I dont think its really too big of a problem unless it’s like fifty people trying to switch into one class.”
  • K: “I know some people who would take the easy way out of classes they didn’t like because they would see others switch out so they thought, ‘Why can’t I switch out?’ and it wasn’t good for them.”

Forms for schedule changes for second semester are currently available in the career center.

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