One reader writes: "I'm only 15 years old and I am really interested in psychology and counseling. I'd really like to take some type of psychology class, but there aren't any offered at my high school. What kind of classes would you recommend for a high school student with an interest in psychology or that would help prepare me for a future as a psychologist or counselor?"
While there are no psychology classes offered at your school, there are still plenty of options that can help prepare you for a future in psychology or counseling. Biology and other science classes cover a lot of the same subject matter you'll learn about later in college-level psychology classes such as genetics, human anatomy, evolution, and cell biology.
Having a strong background in social sciences can be helpful, so classes in history, economics, sociology, and government can be helpful. Developing your communication skills is also a good idea, so writing and speech classes are also recommended.
Finally, do not overlook math classes. Nearly all psychology programs require at least one or two courses in statistics, so taking math classes in high school is an excellent way to prepare for your future studies.
You can also find more advice in this article covering some of the best high school courses to take if you plan on major in psychology.