Education: An opportunity, not a credit


Delaney Gramlick

It is easy to dismiss academics senior year and opt for easier alternatives, but it is important to utilize the time offered in high school and take advantage of cheap college credits.

Delaney Gramlick , Entertainment Editor

As high school progresses for most teenagers, the temptation to “lighten the load” increases, and many students elect to have half-days, easier classes and less extracurriculars. 

Especially in the senior year of high school, motivation to take challenging courses and stay involved can be dwindling. With most college applications already submitted, or having already been accepted to college, it is easy to dismiss senior year as a fun year and focus on social life while minimizing school as much as possible. As important as social life and rest are, it is possible to be challenged and have fun at the same time. Absolutely hang out with friends and take time to recover, but do not waste an academic year. Especially a high school academic year, where you can take AP and dual enrollment classes for college credit at a fraction of the cost they are when you are actually at a university. According to Chippewa Valley Technical College, taking college credits in high school (AP, dual credit, etc.) can save thousands of dollars and reduce debt. It only makes sense to take a class that will both grant you valuable education and save you vast amounts of money in the future. 

“AP, Dual Credit and CTE classes can help reduce the cost of college. Students that earn college credit in high school do so at a much cheaper rate. I’ve had students enter their 1st year of college as a sophomore which is one less year of expensive college tuition,” said LHS counselor Jacob McDonald. 

LHS offers an abundance of classes, each valuable and many that can be helpful to future careers (teacher pathway, phycology, fashion design and forensics starting next year, etc.). This is an opportunity that should be taken advantage of for all it is worth: With the opportunity to take up to 12 classes a year, students are presented with an incredible resource at a headstart to college and life. Maintaining challenging courses and classes which align with the future is important throughout all four years of high school. Doing this ensures solid college applications, less college debt and most importantly a valuable education. 

“Senior year is a very important year to stay motivated and plan. Students that challenge themselves senior year will more likely be prepared for post-secondary opportunities and scholarships,” said McDonald.