Wellness: A Waste of Time

Katie Hoesley

During the most stress-filled time in most high schoolers’ lives, senior year, the few spare minutes we can muster up to do homework, work on college applications, or occasionally relax are becoming exceedingly difficult to come by.

Luckily, tradition has held for years that students have at least one period free every week during their given religion class hour, valuable time that students– seniors in particular– desperately need. However, on the first day of school, most juniors and seniors were slapped in the face with a terrible realization: the free period has been revoked, and “Wellness” has taken its place.

The Wellness course will be taught to all juniors and seniors during this school year; seniors during first semester and juniors during second semester, and is quite frankly ridiculous. As seniors, during our four years in high school we have learned to adapt to our surroundings and handle stress.

We have taken countless religion courses and have learned more than our fair share about “Spirit,” have taken physical education classes, health class, and science classes to master “Body,” and have the opportunity to take psychology to cover “Mind,” the three main components of the class.

If anyone should be forced to spend 45 minutes every week learning how to handle our “Body, Spirit, and Mind”, it should be freshman who are still learning the ropes and obviously need more assistance than those who have years of experience under their belts regarding the comings and goings of adolescence.

The course will count towards the theology grade of each student, but making the class 10% of the theology grades is an obvious way to force students to attend and participate in a class that would be undoubtedly seen as ridiculous to most students.

The subject matter: stress, over-worked students, and basically handling the every-day issues every human faces, have already been covered in the Health course, mandatory for graduation and typically taken freshman year.

The course should be an optional seminar-type presentation, not a semester-long waste of time for all students. People who need the assistance that such a course provides should attend, however the majority of students would benefit from nothing more than if they were to have one more free hour during the week.