My favorite class in high school was Public Speaking. If there were more Communication/Rhetoric classes offered at my high school, I probably would have taken every single one of them.
But Public Speaking was (and is) an elective class, meaning that it was not required for high school graduation. However, enjoying that class and excelling at it was an early indication of what I would ultimately major in when I got to college and what I would do for a living.
RELATED READING: What Admissions Officers Think of Students Who Take a Study Hall
- PLTW (Project Lead the Way) Engineering
- Digital Art
- Introduction to TV Production
- Public Speaking
- Health Sciences
- Food Sciences
- Oceanography or Marine Science
- Science Research
- App Development
- CAD (Computer-Aided Design)
Don't be afraid to take these electives. They might lead a student down the path of self-discovery. When a student is clearly good at an elective and they are interested in it, they are far more likely to invest in their education. While electives are not as important to the college admissions process as core classes, they can translate into a college major or career in no time.