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What level of social studies classes should I take to impress colleges?

Hey everyone, I'm trying to figure out which social studies classes I should enroll in for my senior year. I've done well in history so far, but I'm not sure if I should stick to regular classes or push for AP. Will colleges care if I don't have AP social studies courses on my transcript, even if I've taken other AP classes? Need some advice! Thanks!

7 months ago

Hi there! It's great that you're already thinking ahead to your senior year schedule and how it might affect your college applications. Since you've performed well in history so far, opting for AP social studies classes could reflect positively on your ability and willingness to challenge yourself academically. Colleges often look favorably on students who take advanced courses, as they demonstrate a student's readiness for college-level coursework. However, it's also important to strike a balance. If you're already taking a rigorous course load in other subjects, colleges will understand your decision to not overload your schedule.

Colleges tend to focus on your overall course rigor across all subjects, especially ones related to your potential major or areas of interest. If social studies is not your intended focus, your performance in AP courses from other disciplines could very well suffice. It's all about context and ensuring you don't spread yourself too thin.

Remember to consider not just college admission, but also your well-being and your ability to succeed in the courses you choose. If you do decide to take on AP social studies, it might be a worthwhile academic risk that shows your initiative. On the other hand, excelling in regular courses can also be a strategic choice, especially if it allows you to excel in your other AP classes. Good luck with your decision!

7 months ago

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