East Lyme’s Underrated Classes

With a plethora of classes available for students to take, it can be a confusing decision for students of any grade to choose electives for next year. These are some underrated options that are great for students of all levels.

By Sana Gupta

Exploring Computer Science
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs in computer and information technology occupations is expected to grow 13 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average of all other industries. Taking Exploring Computer Science is a great way to get a head start in this industry.
“Taking the class is an excellent way to learn more about computer science. If you want to pursue a career related to computer science, it is a great opportunity to explore the design and development of software,” said junior Reeya Patel, who took the class in her sophomore  year.
ECS helps students develop problem-solving skills while learning about interface design, limits of computers, and societal and ethical issues in regards to technology.
“The class is made to fit the student. Kids who are interested in art can focus on web design, more technical kids can work on Java,” said computer science teacher Michele Murphy.

Journalism
If you want to investigate the latest stories at ELHS, meet new people, write about important topics, and work with other ELHS students in a tightly-knit group to produce the school newspaper, The Viking Saga, join journalism!
“I think people should take it because it offers a challenge and allows you to step out of your comfort zone. You also get to write and learn about what your friends are doing in the school,” said sophomore Ella Bradley, who is taking the class this  year.
Journalism I and II Honors are both semester long classes. Students are invited to come back as section editors or chiefs in Journalism III and IV, which are both year long honors courses.
Students returning can also opt to head over to web, where they write blogs and help manage the newspaper website, vikingsaga.press.
“It’s a great opportunity for students to work together, shine a spotlight on those deserving, and collectively problem solve,” said adviser Jeff Beale.

Marching/Symphonic Band
This full-year music elective is open to all students with previous experience on a wind or percussion instrument. Students work together and attend rehearsals and performances outside of the school  day.
“It’s a connection between sports and music. When you go to a competition and perform for people and play, you are sweating and gross after you spent your last breath. It’s the most satisfying feeling in the world,” said sophomore Mae Czuba.
The group has a close dynamic in which every section is equally  important.
“Kids are forced to work together, which is crucial, as every part makes a difference. People are very close. All of my closest friends are in [the band],” said  Czuba.

Creative Writing
Do you like to write and examine literary works? If so, take Creative  Writing! This half-year class is an open workshop in which students work on daily writing activities, workshops, and more. Students also journal using writing prompts and write in many forms, including poetry, soliloquies, memoirs, scripts and chapters.
“It’s totally a group. There is a lot of bonding. People really vibe off of each other,” said Creative Writing instructor and English teacher Jeannine Barber. Students can discuss their work in small workshops, with the whole class, or even have it printed in the ELHS Literary  Magazine.
“You’re given a lot of freedom with assignments. It is a great class to take if you really enjoy writing as an art,” said sophomore Reva Bourassa, who took the course as a freshman.

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