A closer look into AVID


AJ Casaus

Avid is defined to be “initiative to prepare students in the academic middle for four-year college eligibility” and is an elective that you can take that prepares you for the academic skills for college. That’s what they say on the outside; however, me being a five-year Avid student I decided that it was time that I showed a different perspective and interviewed the students to see if I can get a closer look.

Avid is a family. In the classroom, although you are preparing your academics, there is plenty of time to get to know your classmates. Especially since these peers have known each other since middle school, every one of them have naturally formed a close bond to each other that we are comfortable sharing our problems with. At times when you are at your lowest point, if you are enrolled in the program your teachers and students will notice and be there for you.

I interviewed a senior student that is in Avid about their opinion on the class, here’s what they had to say:

“I have learned a lot about finding a college that’s right for me and useful study skills. I found the experience a lot of fun and met a lot of great people. My Avid teacher has always been really close to me and always there when I need her. I would recommend Avid to people who are struggling with their career.”

 It is found that these kids feel more comfortable speaking to their Avid class than they are to their own family about challenges they are facing in their everyday life. When nobody is there for you, your Avid class wants to see you in your best potential. Even if there are annoyances like TRFs, grade checks, and teacher signatures, at the end of the day students are incredibly grateful to be in this class.