In the middle of my junior year, when the time came to choose the courses I’d take as a senior, I was hesitant about one in particular: AP Macroeconomics. The replies “That class is so scary!” and “It was the hardest class I’ve ever taken!” after I asked around about it certainly stuck with me . . . but there was still part of me that wanted to take this course.
I knew I was interested in learning about money and our economy. I knew I wanted a change from a traditional history class. I knew microeconomics would provide me with a strong base for studying the topic in college. I also knew, deep down, looking past how difficult it was deemed to be, that I’d enjoy it.
So I went for it.
The first day of senior year rolled around and I was dreading AP Economics. I didn’t know what it would be like. I didn’t have a relationship with the teacher and didn’t even know whether any of my friends would be classmates. This all changed, though, when the teacher, Ms. Schwartz, began to talk about the course and her expectations.
I soon realized that this subject would be how I made it. What was different about this one was the flexibility.
Ms. Schwartz explained that we would be assigned essays frequently, but that we didn’t have to address the question if there was a different route we wanted to take. This intrigued me.
“Could I write all of my papers about the economics of the fashion industry?” I asked.
“Of course you can,” she said, accompanied by a big smile.
I have always been interested and inspired by fashion. One of my favorite things to do is shop and pick out outfits for my sister, my mom, and me. Knowing I could take this interest and expand my knowledge about the economics of the industry really excited me.
So that's exactly what I did! This was when I knew how much I was going to benefit from this class. Who knew AP Macroeconomics would be like this?
After exploring the ins and outs of fashion and economics, I have an understanding about something I had no knowledge of before. I learned why demand for luxurious items tends to be so high and I also learned about the shifting fashion trends in our society and how they relate to economics. In addition, I’ve learned many economic concepts that I can connect to the real world and events occurring today. And even better, I now have an understanding about managing money in the future in terms of creating my own business and living on my own.
Whether I was drawing supply-and-demand curves, listening to podcasts about Rent the Runway, constructing a thoughtful essay, or preparing a presentation about the current GDP and gas prices, I was constantly learning — all while enjoying myself!
So . . . go for it! Take the course you’re hesitant about: I think a pleasant surprise awaits.