As we all know, there are four academic strands namely, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics), ABM (Accountancy, Business, and Management), HUMSS (Humanities and Social Sciences), and GAS (General Academic Strand). It is important to remember that no strand is above the other and one should not look down on a certain strand because it seems easy. Students of each strand face different challenges and it’s up to them to be prepared to face these challenges.
So, what are the challenges faced by students under each academic strand? You’re about to find out!
The STEM strand, as its name suggests, is science- and math-heavy. This means that students who take this strand must be adept in computing numbers, memorizing terms and formulas, and analyzing and solving problems. One of the challenges faced by students under this strand is the heavy load of specialized subjects like Physics, Calculus, and Earth Science. Students are also expected to conduct research and experiments to test if they can apply the theories they learned in class discussions. One must be an analytical and critical thinker if they want to succeed under the STEM strand.
Students under the HUMSS strand are expected to have communication and interpersonal skills. One of the challenges faced by students under this strand is the reading and writing requirements they have to finish. Teachers will give tons of reading materials, writing and research topics, and other assignments that may include a creative output like poems, paintings, and speeches. These activities require analytical, creative, and communication skills.
The ABM strand readies students for the corporate world. They have subjects like Business Math, Applied Economics, and Organization and Management. Students under this strand are expected to have numerical, leadership, interpersonal, and communication skills. These skills will help them become entrepreneurs or individuals who run or manage a company. They will also need to know how to interpret financial statements and solve for profitability. One of the many challenges in ABM is the decision-making that students have to face. In order to become a successful entrepreneur one must know how to make intelligent decisions.
GAS is perfect for students who are still unsure about what they will take in college. Because GAS students are required to pick electives from other academic strands, they are expected to be skilled in different subjects. Usually these students must be a “jack of all trades” type of individual or simply those who can do virtually everything. This means that they should possess the strengths of the STEM, HUMSS, and ABM students in their respective areas of expertise.
Each of the four academic strands have its own set of challenges. So it is best to pick the one that fits your strengths the most. Remember that there is no superior or inferior academic strand. Such hierarchies are not needed in a learning environment. You should just focus on the strand you chose and do your best to excel in it!