This is the year you can take the subjects that truly interest you rather than taking subjects you have been forced to take your whole schooling life. Throughout your whole schooling life you are told what you are supposed to learn and some of these subjects I know aren’t that interesting. There is always at least one subject that you don’t want to learn in school and when you get to Year 12 you are able to drop these subjects that you don’t entirely enjoy. In Year 11 I took English, Science, Maths, History, Geography and Digital Design.

In Year 11 at my school you have to take English, Maths and Science, I’m not sure if this is the same at every school but this is what happens at my school. This means that you are able to make some decisions on what subjects you want to take but you still don’t get to make all of the decisions however in Year 12 you are able to make all of the decisions on what subjects you want to take depending on in if they fit into your timetable or not.

When I transitioned from Year 11 into Year 12 I decided to drop all of the sciences because this is a subject I have always struggled with. I decided to take the subjects English, Media Studies, Design, History, Geography and Statistics.

In Year 12 there is also a huge new range of subjects that you can choose from that aren’t available to you in Year 11. This does in the end make the decision quite difficult because you are having to decide if you want to take the same subjects as last year while still deciding if you want to take any of the new exciting subjects that are on offer. All at the same time as being told by your teachers to take subjects that will help for your future career choices.

Since I am interested in going into Journalism I made sure to take literacy based subjects so that they would give me a good basis for Journalism at University. The main piece of advice I can give to people deciding what subjects to take is to take the ones that you are truly interested in because there is no point taking a subject that you aren’t going to enjoy.

You want to be taking subjects that you are interested in and actually want to be involved in because these are the type of subjects that could lead into a possible career you didn’t even know existed. This career will probably also be way more interesting for you than one you think you should be going into because you enjoyed the subjects that support this job. There is no point taking subjects at school that you think you have to take because then you won’t enjoy them and won’t want to get the good marks in these subjects because you don’t enjoy what you are learning.

In the end when you are finally being given the chance at choosing the subjects for the year make the most of it and take the subjects that truly interest you rather than the ones you think you should take because it is better to enjoy the subjects you are taking rather than not enjoying them.



Nicole Ashby Pic 2Author: Nicole Ashby

Nicole Ashby is currently a Year 12 student at Ellesmere College in Leeston, New Zealand. She has always had an interest in writing in classes at school and in her free time. She enjoys writing about things that matter to people her age that they may not know much about or they want to broaden their knowledge on a certain subject. Nicole enjoys writing about things that matter to her and things that she thinks more people should be aware about. When she was 12 she was one of 5 who won a writing competition in Creme magazine about her experience in the earthquakes. She has written pieces for her local newsletter, The Ellesmere Echo, about school events and this year she has taken on the task of being the editor of her school magazine. She also has an interest for design and creating magazine covers and spreads. Nicole looks forward to expanding her writing and creating pieces for people to enjoy.


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