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Thumbs down Stupidity vs. Honors Brains - June 11th 2009, 01:16 AM

I know some peer pressure is good, and in this case I'm not even getting any! I'm creating personal pressure because of my peers.
See, I had the option to take chemistry next year, but I'm terrible with science so I chose not to. I should have signed up for honors, but I didn't. Stuck with level 1. And this other guy had the same option as me and chose the same thing but chose honors because it will look good for college. I should have taken honors and I don't know why I didn't.
And now everyone is talking about their honors classes and like I'm friends with some mad smart people who are taking like four honors classes next year. And they talk about all their work, and I have nothing. I feel so stupid.
I almost want to go to guidance and be like can I switch it? But I have to wait until next year, now.
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Re: Stupidity vs. Honors Brains - June 11th 2009, 01:42 AM

just keep telling yourself you can fix it next year. nothing to worry about that
   
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Re: Stupidity vs. Honors Brains - June 11th 2009, 01:45 AM

Try and switch. Take the better classes if you can.


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Re: Stupidity vs. Honors Brains - June 11th 2009, 02:01 AM

Thanks. I'm going to try to switch classes next year. It's just hard to calm down because I'm so worried for some reason about not looking as smart. Not sure where this paranoia came from xD maybe just the stress of being at a smarter school this year.


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Re: Stupidity vs. Honors Brains - June 12th 2009, 12:25 AM

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I know some peer pressure is good, and in this case I'm not even getting any! I'm creating personal pressure because of my peers.
See, I had the option to take chemistry next year, but I'm terrible with science so I chose not to. I should have signed up for honors, but I didn't. Stuck with level 1. And this other guy had the same option as me and chose the same thing but chose honors because it will look good for college. I should have taken honors and I don't know why I didn't.
And now everyone is talking about their honors classes and like I'm friends with some mad smart people who are taking like four honors classes next year. And they talk about all their work, and I have nothing. I feel so stupid.
I almost want to go to guidance and be like can I switch it? But I have to wait until next year, now.
I don't know, I just need some advice on how to calm down about all the stress.
Well, okay. I have to say that I admittedly hang out with the "brainy" kids at school only because I've been placed [and have placed myself by way of choosing my courses] in honors/AP. So, I understand what you mean about the peer pressure and that sort of thing.

Ultimately, however, you must do these things for yourself. You have to have the motivation, drive, and organization to succeed in these courses. However, retrospectively, the honors decision might've been right, realistically one honors course will not set you apart from the rest of the pack. Rather, it will be an accumulation of courses that you've chosen to challenge yourself coupled with outside activities and that sort of thing.

So my advice is this: Understand the college admissions process thoroughly. If you're not prepared by your second semester Senior year, then you are allowed to freak out.

As far as the honors thing: If you are still curious about the subject matter then you can always pick up/borrow the honors textbook and ask for the syllabus and self-teach. However, don't just take honors for the sake of taking honors [I almost made this mistake with AP]...take the course because it interests you. :]


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Re: Stupidity vs. Honors Brains - June 12th 2009, 07:22 AM

Unless you're going to study chemistry or biology or something that uses chemistry in college, there is no point in taking honors chemistry. You're not stupid. Taking or not taking an honors class doesn't determine how smart you are.



   
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Re: Stupidity vs. Honors Brains - June 12th 2009, 11:09 AM

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Unless you're going to study chemistry or biology or something that uses chemistry in college, there is no point in taking honors chemistry. You're not stupid. Taking or not taking an honors class doesn't determine how smart you are.

I disagree. I might go into university as anything from a lit major to a biochem major and I've taken honors in nearly every course for my freshman and sophomore year. I enjoyed the challenge, principally.

Moral of the story: Challenge yourself to learn new things and explore new territory. This one honors course does not determine your aptitude or your future in challenging yourself.


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Re: Stupidity vs. Honors Brains - June 12th 2009, 12:14 PM

If you're not good with science, and you know you won't do well in chemistry, I see no reason why you would even try to go with the honors level to be completely honest. I understand peer pressure, but your success (your grades) is much more important than taking a class that's going to kill you. Chemistry is hard enough and there's no need to make it any harder on yourself. You'll just end up stressing more, I think.
However, if you enjoy the challenge of an AP/honors course and you know you could handle it despite the course's difficulty, then go for it. If you know that the stress would be minimal and you know you could work hard and get the same grades in honors as you would in regular chem, then go for it.


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Re: Stupidity vs. Honors Brains - June 12th 2009, 08:35 PM

Interesting post. I agree with Olivia. Its all done now and your latest post says that you've decided not to switch classes. Bottom line is that you're not stupid. Everyone has their gifts and even if your gift was science/chemistry, there's other ways to pursue that topic other than taking the class. Honors classes do not judge how smart someone is. Nothing can prove how smart someone is because the word "smart" is a subjective term. Anyway, make sure your reasons are in align. Do you want to take Honors because your friends are? Because it looks good on the college application? Because you like chemistry (???)?

The choice is yours and you have to look inside your heart to find the answer. Of course, this really isn't a big of a deal so don't be stressed about it. Just worry about your classes you have now and do well. Its ok. Everything will work out fine :-)

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Re: Stupidity vs. Honors Brains - June 12th 2009, 08:46 PM

I didn't take honors science courses during my entire high school experience. I still ended up getting into one of the top 50 United States universities. Grades and the difficulty level of your classes aren't everything... extracurriculars definitely count for something as well.

If you think you can handle honors chemistry without going completely CRAZY from the stress/difficulty of the class, then sure, try to make the switch. Otherwise, why kill yourself in high school? Some people thrive on that kind of honors-class-overload-madness, while others crack under the pressure and don't even end up going to college because they're all burnt out on academia by the time they graduate.






   
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Re: Stupidity vs. Honors Brains - June 14th 2009, 02:04 AM

Oh, maybe I should clear htis up :P I'm not taking chem. I had the option, but I'm taking earth science which is what the kids in lower math classes take.
But thanks, this actually helped me ALOT to just calm down about the whole thing. Not sure why it bothered me so :P


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