What’s Your Favorite Class?

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Each year, Williston students are required choose just a handful of courses to fill their schedules, but with so many options, a few classes stand out as favorites among the whole student body.  

For some, choosing only one favorite class was a challenge. 

Williston offers over 140 classes, 27 being Advanced Placement courses. Students are allowed to take a maximum of six classes each trimester, though most students take five. Williston has an incredibly diverse course of studies with classes from Documentary Photography to Women and Gender Studies, Behavioral Psychology to Ceramics.

Students are still adjusting to their new classes for the 2021-22 school year. While everyone is excited for the opportunities a new year brings, some reminisce on classes they have taken in past years. Whether it is because of the material learned or the teacher, every student has a favorite class.  

Avi Falk, a senior boarder from Longmeadow, Mass., recalls fond memories Mr. Gunn’s AP Government and Politics class, a class he took during junior year. “It was an entirely different type of class,” he said. “It taught me a lot about myself, working in group projects, handling the time management of a long-term project and thinking on my feet.”

In a survey of the current student body and alumni, AP Government and Politics is tied with Journalism for the favorite class offered at Williston.  

Six-year senior Adeline Hume discusses why AP US History, a class she took as a sophomore, is her favorite class she’s taken.  

“It is the only class that I have ever enjoyed doing homework for,” she says. Along with Mr. Doubleday’s teaching style, Adeline says “I liked how we criticized U.S. history as well as seeing how the past applies to the present.”  

Poppy de Luzuriaga, a four- year senior boarder, discusses how difficult it can be to get into popular classes. In Poppy’s case, this class was Forensic Science, a notoriously “super busy class.

Forensics is a trimester-long science elective. Poppy says she has been trying since the end of sophomore year to get in but I didn’t get a spot until this year.” She credits this acceptance to her being a senior and therefore getting priority.  

I am taking it in the spring and I’m really excited, but I wish it was more accessible sooner,” Poppy said. Despite the delay, Poppy says that she “can’t wait to be in it.”