Quite simply put, your subject choices for 2017 will be one of the most important decisions you’ll make in your life. Although you’ll likely be told b most people around you that year nine and ten are the most pointless years of your life, which in complete fairness they do seem like that.

But, the way you perform in these year levels, especially year 10, can considerably affect the classes you take in year eleven – which is when you actually need to put your head down and do far more demanding and important work.

I’ll give you an example of why you shouldn’t fall asleep in every year 10 class. Back when I was in year ten – I and two others generally occupied one math table. We’re still the best of friends today and so you can only imagine the amount of work we got done in a math class during what we believed to be the most wasted year of our life.

The problem was, me and one of my friends could legitimately muck around and still get a half-decent grade whilst one could not. So when it came to what seemed like the incredibly worthless end of year exams; two of us scraped through by the scruffs of our necks whilst one struggled.

The one that struggled (at the time) was looking at engineering as a potential career path – but due to his poor year ten math results he wasn’t allowed into the year eleven calculus class, a subject he needed to fulfill his dream. This career option was pretty much shut off for him, unless he was prepared to do endless hours of catch up tutoring. I think paying attention in year ten was the easier choice.

But, in fairness to him, he had absolutely no clue just how important that year ten math’s exam actually was. This is because when we’re 14, let’s be completely honest, we do need to be told these things. I think the problem stems from the fact that absolutely no career path programs ETC are offered to us in these lower year levels.

Some particular areas of study, like engineering and the sciences require subjects that should be taken from the beginning of year eleven. But how can we take subjects for a career we don’t even know we want yet?

The career expo I attended in year twelve is one of the best things I’ve done in terms of prepping for tertiary study. It opened my eyes to the different courses available to me for following my journalism dream. But I couldn’t help but think that the expo is aimed at the wrong year groups, I thought it would have been a true eye-opener for a year nine or ten student who hasn’t given the faintest thought toward their future. I feel it would be far more beneficial for a younger student than myself.

In conclusion, I highly recommend you think about what you would like to do after school and do as much research into the potential courses and options you can. School subjects are important and knowing what you want to do for tertiary study will help make the decision considerably easier!



Steven Walton PhotoAuthor: Steven Walton

Steven Walton is a 16 year old student currently attending St Andrews College in Christchurch, New Zealand. He was brought up with two older brothers and his big passions are sports (especially motorsport), people and writing. He runs his own motorsport blog, Green Flag F1 (www.greenflagf1.com) and is aspiring to be a journalist when he is older.


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