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How do colleges view study hall periods on high school schedules?

Hey everyone! I've got study hall periods worked into my schedule this year as a junior and I’m wondering how these are viewed by college admissions? Will it look like I’m not taking full advantage of my course load or are they lenient considering the mental break it can offer? Any advice would be really appreciated!

7 months ago

Hey there! As a parent who went through this with my own kid, I totally get your concern about how study hall might look on your high school schedule. Honestly, colleges understand that students need balance, and a study hall can actually be a smart way to manage a demanding course load. My child had a study hall during their junior year and still got into a great college. The key is to ensure that your overall schedule is challenging and that you're excelling in the courses you do take. It gave my child some breathing room to focus on homework and reduce stress, without colleges frowning upon it. If you're still worried, maybe consider using that time to engage in an independent project or study for AP exams – this way, you turn the study hall into a productive period that further demonstrates your ability to manage time effectively. Above all, don't forget to take care of yourself during these demanding high school years!

7 months ago

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