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Why Wildlands Works for Me

Posted on January 28, 2013 by Dom Forseth

I have always been enrolled in the public schools in Eau Claire and for the most part, I've done pretty well in school. But this year, my freshman year at North High School, I noticed I was struggling a little bit and my grades were suffering as a result. I really was just not learning very much either. So I decided to use one of the teacher-in-service days to take a tour of Wildlands. I talked to everyone here and learned about what they are doing. I thought it was really cool and seemed like my kind of learning so I made the decision to switch at semester.

During my day here at Wildlands, just from talking to everybody here, I learned more than I would in one of my normal classes at North. Wildlands is a close knit group and I feel like anyone would fit in here. It is a good way to learn and actually be able to apply what you learn to life after High School and into college. I know I will learn about things that I enjoy and will use throughout my career and for the rest of my life.

Wildlands is more hands-on learning and that's the way that I learn best, not sitting in a classroom listening to lectures. I took an AP U.S. History class at North and it was a huge struggle. The class was taught at such a fast rate that everything just went in one ear and out the other. We focused on one thing, then took a test on it 2 days later, and were already on the next thing. We really had no time to focus on and really learn something.  In previous years I got an A in History but this year I ended the semester with a D.  I did not learn as much in that type of environment. I really enjoy history and I am looking forward to doing history projects here at Wildlands.

I also enjoy playing football and basketball. If I want to, I can choose to play sports through the Augusta program. There are other students here at Wildlands that play sports through Augusta. Because it is part way through the basketball season I am not going to play this year but plan on playing football and basketball for Augusta next year.

These are just a few of the many reasons on why I switched schools from North High to Wildlands. Wildlands is a place where you can step out of your comfort zone and learn a lot of new things. I am very excited and looking forward to the rest of my time here at Wildlands. I can already tell that this is the right decision for me and believe that I will succeed here, into college, and for the rest of my career.

 

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