A Student's Take: Linzy Cruzen, Freshman
ALARP consists of a typical language arts curriculum as well as about 10-15 presentations throughout the year. Most of those presentations can range anywhere from five to ten minutes, whereas the end of semester presentations can be from 25-30 minutes.
“ALARP definitely helps me on the presentation aspect, and I know the librarians really well,” Cruzen said.
However, the classes still have fun. They have parties to celebrate project landmarks and occasional holidays. The fourth hour class made t-shirts, as well.
A Student's Take: Vikas Devulapalli, Sophomore
Devulapalli took ALARP 1 as a freshman and is currently in ALARP 2.
“At first, ALARP 2 isn't that different than ALARP 1. [Second semester] is a lot more literature heavy, while in ALARP 1, research is the main focus,” Devulapalli said.
Devulapalli also strongly advises against procrastinating. ALARP offers a greater workload, and it’s important to manage time in order to get everything done and still have spare time.
A Student's Take: Emily Dobson, Senior
Since ALARP takes the place of a regular language arts class, ALARP teachers are still required to include the language arts curriculum.
“In class, it was mostly focused on the language arts part, and we had to do a lot of research on our own. It’s hard to describe because it pushes the limits of all the students but ultimately is very rewarding,” Dobson said.
The most challenging part for Dobson was learning how to manage her time and getting enough sleep.
One of the major benefits of ALARP includes is preparation for future presentations.
“The biggest thing is that I am always very well prepared for any and all presentations that might be assigned,” Dobson said. “After ALARP, the 5-10 minute presentations we are normally assigned are nothing to freak out about, which is a nice feeling.”