The other day, someone asked me if I would write more about my life in the United States. As many of you know I live in France now, so I thought I’d write about some of my past experiences in the United States. One of my fondest memories in the USA is high school. It was fun! I was carefree. Life was good!
In the United States, unlike other countries there is really only 1 type of high school. There are not any tech high schools or different routes for students to take. There are a few magnet high schools for arts or sciences, but for the most part there are just regular high schools.
My high school was very small. I think there were about 24 students in my graduating class. It was kind of neat that way because I could take part in many different activities and join lots of organizations. I was a cheerleader, the vice president of my class, year book editor, hurdler, among many other things.
For the most part we all had to take most of the same subjects. 4 years of English literature, 2 years of math, 2 years of science, 2 years of PE (Physical Education), 1/2 year of health, 3 years of history, 1 year of government. The rest we could take electives. I took ‘home economics’ where you learn how to cook, sew, knit, how to raise children. We even had to carry around a 5 pound sack of flour to show us how difficult it was to be a mother. I had fun with it and decorated my flour bag to look like a real baby. I also took Spanish, art, more math, more PE and more science. In my small school there weren’t many options for classes unfortunately.