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Is it better to take harder classes or have a higher GPA?

Hey guys, I'm a junior, and I've been stressed trying to decide between taking harder classes and maintaining my GPA. What do colleges value more: a high GPA with easier classes or a slightly lower GPA with more challenging courses? Thanks for any input!

8 months ago

Hey there! I understand how stressful it can be to make this decision. From my experience with my child's college application process, I can tell you that colleges typically value a balance of both challenging courses and a strong GPA. They want to see that you're willing to challenge yourself academically, but they also want to see that you can handle those challenges and maintain good grades. A lower GPA with more challenging courses might be more impressive than a high GPA with easy courses, but only if the difference in GPA isn't too significant. It's important to find the right balance for you, so consider your own strengths and interests when making your decision. Maybe you could take a few challenging courses in subjects you're passionate about and maintain a high GPA in those, while taking less demanding courses in other areas. Ultimately, it's about showing colleges that you're a well-rounded student who's willing to work hard and push yourself. Good luck with your decision, and feel free to message me if you have any other questions!

8 months ago

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