BY ALICE PHARR
At School Without Walls, sophomore students are allowed to take one class per semester at George Washington University through the Exposure Program. We can choose any subject, including languages, history, health, psychology, and more. The class must be taken after school. The Exposure Program has been a great experience for me and many other students.
The first class I took was Personal Health and Wellness, which covered multiple areas of health. This class was much more detailed than any health class I had taken, and covered many more areas of health than I had previously learned about. I found it very interesting and, overall, I enjoyed it.
Taking a GW class has its downsides. First, it’s an additional workload to the classwork given at School Without Walls. When I took my first class, I was very fortunate, because I did not have a particularly large amount of homework or tests. The class I’m currently taking (my second class) at GW—Drug Awareness—has a significant but manageable workload. While it does require a fair amount of outside work, it is rarely stressful. Each assignment is manageable and reasonable.
Taking a GW class can also be time consuming. The first class I took met twice a week for an hour and a half, and my current class meets once a week for two-and-a-half hours. While this can be tiring, it is part of the experience and still worth it.
The GW classes have been a huge benefit for me. I’ve experienced what going to college would be like, which is the entire goal of School Without Walls. I’ve learned how to manage my time, handle extra work, and I’m learning more about subjects that interest me.
I encourage other students to take a GW class. Depending on the class you enroll in, the workload, along with your classes at Walls, can be stressful. However, you can choose the class you want, which almost guarantees that you’ll find the material interesting and will learn a great deal from it.