Byrd’s Nest Vol. 2

By Abbie Stokes

Welcome to volume 2 of the Byrd’s Nest! This time we’re covering three new questions and providing three new solutions for problems submitted by Bellbrook High School students! 

Q: How many AP classes to take? How to study for AP exams?

A: To be entirely honest, the amount of AP classes you take really depends on what subject you are going to study and college, and where you are thinking about going to college. Personally, by the time I’m graduating, I’ll have taken 5 AP classes, mostly in English and history because I’m going into law and political science for college. But if you are more interested in sciences, I’d encourage you to consider taking as many science and math-based AP courses as possible, although take into consideration that you may have to take similar courses again in college, as colleges prefer their curriculum. Make sure to talk to your counselor about AP classes, and also the teachers that are currently teaching those classes to see what would be the best plan for you.

College Board notes that multiple studies of students who take AP courses and earn a passing score (3 or higher):

  • Perform well in subsequent college courses in the discipline
  • Are more likely to major in their AP subject or a related discipline, particularly in STEM subjects
  • Take more—not less—college coursework in the discipline
  • Are more likely to graduate within four years
  • Find opportunities that lead to success (especially true of underrepresented students)

Q: I need advice for motivation and to prevent procrastination.

A: My advice would be pretty straightforward: if you don’t do it in a timely manner, it’ll come back to haunt you in a much, much worse way. Personally, I’m super bad at handling my procrastination, and I’ll often leave something to the last minute; but every time I do that, I typically get a not-so-satisfactory grade on whatever it is, or I get so stressed out that it never ends up getting done. Basically, it’s either not do so well, or just get it done! Even if in the end it’s not the greatest work you’ve ever done, putting even a little bit down on paper or in an assignment is much better than doing nothing. Trust me.

Here’s a TED talk about forming habits:

Q: What do I do when I feel extremely alone and have no friends at school and the ones I do make me feel broken?
A: My experience with this is a little different, but hopefully this’ll help. My story is that I typically go through cycles of friendship, from getting to know someone to becoming really good friends with them, to suddenly cutting them off and finding someone else. The times in between have been some of the loneliest times of my life, and the only way I found to fill it was interacting with either my teachers, or just attempting to push myself out of my comfort zone and into different friend groups as much as possible. I’m an introvert, which means that that last part is really difficult, but it’s how I make most of my friends! Honestly, in the larger view of things, just having casual friends in high school and developing relationships with others is important, but it shouldn’t be something that causes you a lot of stress and mental anguish–go with the flow of things and the right people will certainly come to you! One of the best ways to make friends with similar interests is to join a group, club, or activity. There are lots here at Bellbrook High School.

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