By Samson Bajakian, Contributing Writer (‘24)

With the world developing more problems with every passing day, symptoms of anxiety and stress can be noticed in each new generation. It’s hard enough to be a high school student in 2022; constantly fearing COVID will make us relive dreaded days from within the confines of a new quarantine, college on the way, and social expectations. Stress, to certain extents, is inevitable during the experience of highschool. Many students are left feeling overwhelmed, and class selections are still right around the corner. It is time to choose what the next year will look like for you. 

This task always seems daunting at first, especially for incoming freshmen students. It becomes quite easy to overthink the process – What if I’m overwhelmed? What if it doesn’t look good on college applications? What if I don’t like my teachers? Though your mind might be racing, Indian Hills has some of the most congenial guidance counselors within Bergen County, they’re here to help make picking your schedule easy. Our guidance department assures you that of the things you worry about as a high school student, this doesn’t have to be one of them. Their goal is to not make the process time-consuming whatsoever. The scheduling meeting with your counselor will last less than 40 minutes. The meetings are scheduled and confirmed over Email, so don’t forget to get back to your counselor when it comes time. 

Out of habit, we all compare our plans to our peers’ plans, however in hindsight, this may not be beneficial to you. It’s crucial to take into account that each student’s schedule is solely based on their future and individual expectations. Your expectations should be taken into account when it comes to selecting advanced placement and honors courses. It is beneficial to be conscious of your comfort zone and challenge yourself accordingly. Mrs. Wiener, a first-year guidance counselor here, confirms that “… narrowing down course selection truly depends on each student’s needs, wants, aspirations and recommendations …”. Perhaps if you’re interested in the arts, for example, take something like sculpture or painting – rather than a class which a friend of opposite interests is enrolled in. The courses you choose should set you up for success in years to come – both in high school and potentially college – if catered to your exact needs. Set your mind on a goal for your senior year, and don’t drop it!