Student, Westview High School, Class of 2016,
In light of my previous answer, the type of student who should not attend Westview would be the unmotivated and those who follow the crowd. I have said before that the unmotivated students are likely to stagnate after completing their graduation requirements, so I would like to focus my attention to students who follow the crowd. Pressure to take advanced courses that students are not passionate about is a problem, yes. Struggling with self-worth after failing an advanced course is a problem, yes. But another reason why it is important for a student not to follow the crowd is because following the crowd does not allow them to develop their own identity. Many gifted students derive their identity from being smart, and their supposed superiority over their peers. Unfortunately, at Westview, with so many high-achieving students, this doesn't really work well at all. So, it is important for students to find their identity outside of classes and grades. They should find a subject, hobby, or cause that they are truly passionate about, immerse themselves into it, and use their voice to speak out about it. That way, they will truly stand out and leave a legacy on campus. And when they go off to college, they will be so much more confident and sure about who they are.