High school has often been described as a form of the Animal Kingdom, where students are divided into groups and categories depending on their interests and popularity (let us not forget the memorable scene in the movie “Mean Girls,” where new-girl Cady Heron is introduced to the different “cliques” at the lunch table). Therefore, it seems fitting to compare the student body (in a very simplistic sense) to a group of predators.

This comparison seems particularly fitting during the scheduling period. Many factors are included in determining the value of one course over another: the teacher, the ratio of friends, strangers expected to back you up in case you missed an assignment, and former students’ assessment of the class, are all subconsciously swirling in the minds of students as they choose the courses that would lead them to graduation (or, to continue with the jungle analogy, figuring out the best course of action to survive and leave the wild savannah and to never return).

Due to much (and persistent) persuasion from newspaper Editor-in-Chief Justina Brown, I have been convinced to take journalistic writing as a class for my senior year. Having heard much of the class from said EIC, there are a number of things that I expect, namely: A lot of time on the computer (which quite honestly is never a bad thing); inside jokes; interesting, if at times possibly random conversation on anything and everything; and doughnuts (Justina was quite animated about this last expectation).

The improvement of a skill is somehow overlooked in any course. This is expected, since the main goal of the average high school student is usually just passing the class (or just having fun, depending on the student). But whether it’s in the ability to solve a new, seemingly irrelevant mathematical formula, the ability to finally serve a volleyball correctly, or the great importance of identifying the difference between a verb and an adverb in a sentence – in any course, some skill is improved at least a little bit.

In this course, I plan to improve my journalistic writing skills, after having left them to rust for four years since my last journalism class in middle school (though nobody should remember middle school, it having been universally accepted as an awkward phase that should never be mentioned ever).

However, this is not to say that I will not be surprised in regards to the course. On the contrary, I hope to be pleasantly surprised. But for now, I wait.