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Will a music technology class in high school look good for a tech-focused college application?

Hi friends, I’m in a bit of a dilemma here. I’m really into tech and I plan to apply to some pretty competitive engineering programs. I've got the chance to take a class in music technology - do you think this could help my application stand out? Should I prioritize it over another AP science class?

7 months ago

Hello there! I understand you're trying to make your college application as strong as possible. A music technology class can certainly add a unique angle to your application, especially because it blends the creative with the technical, which can be quite appealing to tech-focused programs looking for well-rounded skill sets. This sort of crossover can also emphasize your problem-solving abilities and innovation – skills integral to the field of engineering.

Or, if you're interested in applying your interest in computer engineering to acoustic design of concert halls, or something else related to music technology, it would be a great idea to show colleges you're already finding a way to pursue that goal.

However, it's crucial to balance your passion projects with core academic strengths. Taking another AP science class will reinforce your foundational knowledge in your proposed field of study, so it might be more beneficial in the long run. You may have to wait a little longer to get to what you're most interested in, but you could be more prepared to dive in fully when you do get there.

If you feel that the music technology class will offer you a distinctive edge by highlighting something you're passionate about, it could well be worth including in your schedule. However, do consider how it fits into your overall academic narrative and whether or not it could detract from the hard science focus that engineering programs might expect. It's all about finding the right balance that not only caters to the admission requirements but also showcases who you are beyond grades and test scores. Good luck with your course selection!

7 months ago

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