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Webb students unscrew how to make do with semester two schedule change

Austin Ra
As students have returned and adjusted to their semester two schedules, Webbies have many questions about why schedule changes occur in the first place. Being handed his new semester two schedule, Jacob Arias (‘23) sees that the layout of his free block and classes changed after coming back to campus. Filled with questions and concerns, Jacob ponders over the course system and weighs the pros and cons of his schedule change.

This Lunar New Year, February 1st, 2022, came with a lot of changes: new resolutions, new goals, and, most importantly, a new semester to start fresh. This restart is not only metaphorical but very real. Many students have completely different schedules and classes they need to adjust to. 

The humanities courses for juniors and seniors are only one semester, meaning students change their classes once the semester ends. However, depending on how many humanities courses a person takes, their schedule may not change as drastically. Some students, like Joseph Ferrari (‘22), only have the blocks with their humanities switched, while others, like Jacob Arias (‘23), have most of their schedules changed. 

“My free block is the exact same, D block, but my humanities [courses] changed,” Joseph said. “Since my free block was untouched, my schedule is basically the same with the topics of my humanities classes changing.” 

“For me, the schedule change is both good and bad,” Jacob said. “My free block changed from G to F.” 

On the other hand, underclassmen are not affected by the semester change because freshmen and sophomores take at least five-year-long courses: two humanities, math, language and an elective course. Therefore, they do not experience schedule or block changes.  

“Since I am a freshman, nothing really changes for me,” Joyce Zhao (‘25) said. “All my classes are two semesters long, so I am not affected by the change at all.” 

For those who have had class changes, students are typically both excited to become acquainted with their new classmates and learn in a new classroom with a different faculty member. In fact, given that juniors and seniors choose their classes, the humanities courses they change to in semester two are ones they have been highly anticipating since the start of the school year.  

The schedule change affects all blocks, including free blocks. Free blocks are especially important for students because they provide countless opportunities, such as relaxing before a significant class, completing homework, and time to catch up on sleep. However, the change in free blocks has caused a problem for some students because of the unequal distribution of block weeks this year — block weeks referring to the block that the week begins and ends with. 

There is an unequal number of weeks this year, but it is not as unfair as it may initially seem. Although there are a lot of A weeks, only four of them are actual full weeks. 73.33% of A weeks are interrupted by breaks or special events, so contrary to what the graph portrays, students with A block free do not get any more free time than anyone else. “It’s definitely misleading,” Chris Rabadi (‘24) said.“But I kind of see why it has to be this way.” 

This year, there are a total of 14 A weeks, but absolutely no E weeks. As a result, there are both feelings of disappointment and excitement as students adjust to their new schedules. 

“At first I enjoyed having A block free,” Chris said., “But as the year went on, I realized that the A weeks are all at the start of the year and most of the A weeks aren’t even full weeks.”   

“It is definitely going to be difficult to adjust to this new schedule, but it is going to be a lot easier than getting adjusted to inperson learning in semester one,” Ryan Weigand (‘23) said.  

Given the immense amount of planning and coordination that goes into scheduling every course for every single junior and senior, it is truly remarkable that schedules do not change dramatically every semester. The change in semester two classes is a reminder of Webb’s dedication to ensuring each student has the best outcome with their course selection. 

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George Cardenas
George Cardenas, Editor of News
An avid music listener, George Cardenas (‘23)’s perfect weekend involves a homework-free day at the beach with “Night Boat to Cairo” by Madness blasting in the background. In fact, George considers himself to be a very easy-going, optimistic person, who loves nothing more than relaxing with his friends or experimenting on the piano. Although he does enjoy tranquility, George also works with his fellow members of the WSC honor cabinet to uphold Webb’s Honor Code. George is passionate about staying up to date with current events and wants to continue keeping everyone informed during his time on the Webb Canyon Chronicle. A typical Capricorn, George is disciplined, strategic, and clever— similar to a wolf, his self-proclaimed spirit animal. George looks forward to working on the WCC this year as Co-Editor of News and hopes to write authentic, factually correct articles that enlighten the Webb community. Favorite song: "Tadow" by FKJ and Masego
Isaac Naren
Isaac Naren, Staff Writer
Isaac Naren (‘23), hailing from Claremont, California, is currently a first-year staff writer for the Webb Canyon Chronicle. Isaac enjoys watching NBA, NFL, and the MLB (Major League Baseball), as he has an apt outlet for his growing passion for sports. During his free time, Isaac often socializes near the dining hall with his friends, conversing about anything from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air to helping new freshmen and sophomores get acclimated to Webb life. When he is not at Webb, you can catch Isaac visiting basketball camps from Wisconsin to Florida, hoping to one day make his dreams of becoming a professional basketball player come true. In order to unwind and relax, he listens to music ranging from the ’60s to 2010’s, specifically Big Time Rush’s hit songs. During Isaac’s time in the WCC, he hopes to gain an insider's point of view on the various sports around campus, along with doing dining hall food reviews. Favorite song: "Replay" by Iyaz
Bryan Oglesby
Bryan Oglesby, Chief Editor of Sports
Bryan Oglesby (‘23) has made himself known in the world of Webb athletics by being both the captain of the varsity football team and track & field team. His love for sports is intertwined with his love for the Webb Canyon Chronicle, as he takes on a new role this year as the Chief Editor of Sports. Being an athlete has given Bryan many talents such as being able to jump over his leg, do handstands, and do front flips, all in that order. Along with football, Bryan’s favorite hobbies are singing, playing a variety of sports with his family, helping the community, and cooking. Bryan loves cooking his favorite meal, beef Wellington, for himself and his friends at social gatherings or just for fun when he’s hungry. Outside the WCC, Bryan is an avid leader in the community by being a head peer advisor and his role in the Empowering Student Voices Initiative. Bryan also prides himself on being a scholar. His favorite class is LA Literary Culture with Mr. Calvert because it puts LA into a different light and has given him a new perspective on the city he grew up in. Going into his senior year, Bryan hopes to write meaningful articles that will benefit the community as well as staying connected to his family during his last year of high school. He hopes to end his final year at the WCC with a bang.   Favorite song: “Ultralight Beam” by Kanye 
Austin Ra
Austin Ra, Editor of Audiovisual
Returning with a rupture of exuberant energy and ready to express his thoughts, Austin Ra (‘23) is prepared to continue his journey at the Webb Canyon Chronicle. Aside from preparing for college applications during the summer, Austin spent his break from Webb in his medical summer camp, where he proposed multidimensional approaches to debatable medical issues. For instance, he was not afraid to discuss the high price of insulin and argue for the medicines he believes are important. Austin’s ability to openly voice his opinions allows him to strive in humanities classes and be a good candidate for the roles of day student prefect and Editor of Audiovisual for the Webb Canyon Chronicle. “In journalism, I can express what I want to express, have a sizable platform, and have credibility of my works,” said Austin. This year, he wants to continue producing quality work and promoting the publication’s media platforms such as YouTube, TikTok, and Instagram. In addition, he hopes to continue sharing his own perspectives on school events and social issues.   “Skating in Central Park” by Bill Evans and Jim Hall  

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