Why I Loved Woodshop in High School

Recently I listened to an interview in which the guest shared his favorite class in high school. It wasn’t a regular class; it was a work–study arrangement his senior year. He got to leave campus every day to work at a local business. He was paid for his time and received course credit. This work–study class was his favorite because he made money, which allowed him to buy and do things he enjoyed.

My favorite class in high school was woodshop. I loved it. I’d spent a summer working for a homebuilder and discovered I enjoyed woodworking. The teacher realized I knew what I was doing, so he gave me free rein. I could build whatever I wanted as long as I didn’t cause trouble or disrupt class (which the rest of the class did daily). It was the last class of the day, so he’d let me leave early when I was finished.

As part of my first “official” business, I sold speakers to friends and usually gave them a design for speaker boxes, too. They’d have to find someone to build the box for them, which wasn’t always easy. One day I realized I could use my time in woodshop class to build those boxes for my customers. I asked the teacher, and he thought it was a great idea. From then on, I was building and selling speaker boxes in woodshop class. It was a great hustle because I didn’t have to pay for materials, and I ended up showing a few classmates how to build their own speaker boxes.

Woodshop was my favorite class because it ended up being an entrepreneurial class. It allowed me to work on my business and make money, which made me feel financially independent from my parents. It also allowed me to share my knowledge about building speaker boxes with my classmates and do woodworking, which I find fun.