15 Step – Make Good Choices and Decisions When you make good choices and decisions, you reap the rewards. Make poor choices and decisions, and you suffer the consequences. You are required to make lots of decisions in high school. To help you make decisions that will be right for you, go through the following steps whenever you have a difficult decision to make: 1. Determine what your choices are. 2. Write down the positive and negative aspects for each choice. 3. Make sure you have all of the information you need. 4. Think about your choices, and then make your decision. Stephanie’s Dilemma There’s a course I was planning to take next year, but then I found out I could take it in summer school. I couldn’t decide which to do, so I made a list of the positive and negative things for each. A. Taking the Course in Summer School – POSITIVES 1. I get the class out of the way in 3 weeks. 2. My best friend, Kara, is taking the class. Taking the Course in Summer School – NEGATIVES 1. I have to get up at 7:30 a.m. for 3 weeks. 2. Summer school costs $200. 3. There’s no air conditioning, so it will probably be hot. B. Taking the Course Next Year – POSITIVES 1. I like the teacher who will be teaching the class. Taking the Course Next Year – NEGATIVES 1. It would make next year’s schedule a lot harder. 2. I won’t have room in my schedule for art. 7