Do You Feel Prepared for Your Future?


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Colton Mefford, Reporter

Do you ever wish that Lodi High School would offer different courses? Classes that prepare us for our future or classes that cater to our hobbies and interests? A variety of new classes can provide us with more options when selecting our courses each winter.

Which classroom at Lodi High School is barely used and has fully functional equipment? Room 1408 is a space equipped with ovens, counters, and cooking equipment. This room was intended for cooking classes, offering students opportunities to learn how to cook and prepare for life after high school.

Lodi High School junior Walter Beld expressed his desire for cooking classes, stating, “Cooking classes, for sure, provide opportunities for kids to prepare for college life and become self-reliant in making good meals.”

Many students, after high school, may lack knowledge on how to cook nutritious meals and resort to fast food and instant noodles. As Evan Kite mentioned, “A lot of kids do not know how to cook, and they might have no other way of learning how to.” For many students, school might be the only chance they have to learn how to cook. This missed opportunity has a significant impact on the future young adults of the Lodi community.

Additionally, students would like the opportunity to delve deeper into specific subjects related to their majors. Lodi High School senior Kenny Chytracek suggested, “Having AP science classes (like AP Chemistry or AP Physics) offered earlier is something I wish we had. It would provide a smoother transition from honors to AP for those who aspire to pursue careers in the sciences.”

Similarly, sophomore Grant Beyer emphasized the importance of “classes that enhance skill levels for specific careers” to help students prepare for their inevitable futures. Including classes that elevate learning to the next level will instill confidence in students pursuing college or exploring vocational trades. In today’s economy, many employers seek skilled workers with more than just basic knowledge in their respective fields, so offering classes that provide a deeper understanding of these subjects will benefit Lodi’s students.

As expressed, students at Lodi High School believe that having more class options would greatly benefit them. Offering specific classes and courses like cooking will help students better prepare for their future. This is why Lodi High School should consider expanding its course offerings for the benefit of its students.