Arlingtonian answers your most pressing questions
Q: AP Government has more reading than I expected. How can I better organize and study for it, or should I just drop the class?
— Homework Headache
A: You should stick with it. With AP classes being equivalent to college-level courses, heavy reading and difficult coursework should be expected. Try setting the homework as your first priority so you have time to complete it. Do not let the homework pile up. Work on it (at least a little bit) every day and you should be set for success during the AP exam in May.
Q: I like to think I’m as well-equipped as any other high school guy, but I just can’t discover love. I’ve been perfecting my style and working on my words, but I still stutter when I flirt because I’m not very good with courtship. I know being perfect is unrealistic, but I just would like some helpful advice.
— Looking for Love
A: Maybe you should continue to work on your words. Courtship may be too serious for a high school relationship and is quite frankly outdated from a 21st century viewpoint. The person should like you for who you are, so don’t make yourself into something you’re not. If you sense that the person you are interested in doesn’t feel the same way about you, don’t push it — this only does more harm than good.
Q: Is it true that if I were to take a study hall instead of an optional elective, I could possibly receive a higher GPA? Would it be better to take a study hall?
— Straight A’s and In a Daze
A: If you need a study hall, take a study hall. However, don’t take one just to increase your GPA. In fact, a study hall can only raise a GPA in certain cases and at most, just by a small fraction of a point. Do what works best for you. Think about your interests and how much time you have to dedicate to the course.
Q: “Where do the ducks go in the winter?” — Holden Caulfield (The Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger). This is an extremely important question to hopefully be answered for Dr. Miller’s 2nd period literature class.
— Winging It
A: Ducks migrate south in the winter. According to Ducks Unlimited, “ducks spend much of their time… where weather conditions are mild… [this is] where food is plentiful and the water rarely freezes [such as]the Mississippi Alluvial Valley… [or] coastal northern California and along the central valley of California.”
*Questions edited for clarity