Earning more than just credit

By Brock Ver Hoeven, Staff Writer

At Iola High School, we are offered the opportunity to take dual-credit classes. While you’re a sophomore, there is only one class that you can take at the college level: history with Travis Hermstein. You get high school credits as well as college credits in this course.

The class costs $162 per semester taken. For this rate that is cheaper than regular college tuition, you get a serious class with college curriculum. There are midterms and exams, and if you’re not passing with a C or above at winter break, you’ll be transferred to a normal high school history class. And, of course, if you drop out at semester, you only get high school credits.

You’re expected to study at least three hours outside of class per week. This can become incredibly stressful and sometimes overwhelming. You have to juggle these collegiate responsibilities as well as normal high school things.

This year, we had two major projects due the first week of December. We had an interview project with someone two generations older than us about his or her life or a certain historical time in their life. Our second project was on a book about an event before 1650. Both resulted in written papers. While time is certainly your friend, sometimes it is still overwhelming since you’re expected to generate college-level work while juggling other responsibilities.

Overall, this class was designed to challenge everyone, and there is no way you will walk away without learning a wealth of things. The class is mainly about U.S. presidents and focuses on their foreign and domestic policies, as well as on legislation passed and notable events while they were in office.

As a sophomore, sometimes all this hard work can seem overwhelming; that is understandable, since I am taking on something at age 16 that normally would be tackled by an 18- or 19-year-old. However, passing the class, doing the work and challenging yourself is worth it. It’s very rewarding, seeing as how I now know that I can push myself to do better.

Taking a dual-credit class is highly intimidating, and some may think it is not for everyone. But it sure is worth it.