What students say about gifted programs, what they would like to study and the dollar’s worth


Language learning and forensics is something that I find really and deeply fun, but there is one topic that I can’t quite understand: stocks. That’s why I would choose this one-syllable word to study for a year. On the one hand, I hear people talk about the importance of stocks on a daily basis; how it impacted their lives, how it made millionaires and how some wouldn’t be where they are without actions. On the other hand, I never understood how or why it changes a life. I want to know the answers to my questions, and beyond that, I would like to know how I can use actions to improve my life in the future.

Rocio, Maryland

If I could devote a year to studying anything it would be waterfowl conservation, which preserves and protects wetlands so that waterfowl and other animals can continue to have places to live and repopulate. My family has always been involved in this area, mainly because my dad and I own a lot of land and have been using it for duck hunting for as long as we have owned it. I have always found it very fascinating to be able to work on our land and see how the wildlife is there in the low season and I hope to continue and maybe start my own project in the future.

Matt, Hoggard High School

If I could devote a year to studying anything, I would study history. Every story of every country and state. Surprisingly, my worst subject is history, even though my father is a historian god. But, I loved how he knows so much history about everything, it’s so cool to have so much information in one brain. I would love to learn the whole history and know so much about each country. It really expands your knowledge and could benefit you in many ways. The story is wrong with my career; I want to help children with disabilities, but it might help me learn more about politics, or fundraising for the country that needs help most, or just a country you don’t have. never been connected.

Alex, New Mexico

Learning a language is having one more window from which to look at the world. Learning a language allows you to make connections between things that you might not have otherwise: why words mean what they do, why we pronounce something differently, or why this street, Morte Boulevard, has always had the best Halloween decorations. I am currently learning French, and I love it, finding that when I read a word or a passage, I can choose key words and understand it …

If I had to spend a year studying any subject with an equally motivated group of peers, it would definitely be a language. If you study on your own, you are missing out on the conversation, which refreshes and improves your repertoire. Plus, learning a language prepares you for later in life, no matter what job you do or where you go, knowing a language will always come in handy. And for this reason, this Chinese proverb still applies today, learning a language not only offers another window to the world, but also opens doors to your future.

Owen, Union High School / Vancouver, Washington

My answer would be the language. There is the Korean language that I have tried to learn, whether it is small sentences or sentences. It seems really basic and some schools already have language lessons but I have never seen an American school have a Korean lesson. Learning Korean language would be useful for me as I want to travel to Korea.

L, high school on the south side

If I had to choose something to study for a year, it would probably be linguistics. I’ve always been interested in how language works and why it has so many rules and exceptions. It never occurred to me that this was something you could study in college until my mom told me about it. I would love to take a course where we studied a bunch of different languages ​​from all over the world and learned where all languages ​​come from and how they have evolved over thousands of years.

Lillian, Block 4Hoggard High School, Wilmington, North Carolina


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