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Is it better to have a high GPA or challenging coursework?

Hi everyone, I'm a high school junior and I've been wondering if it's better to have a high GPA or take challenging coursework. I've heard that colleges like to see challenging courses, but I'm worried that it might hurt my GPA. Any advice on which is more important for college admissions? Thanks!

11 months ago

Hey there! I can understand your concern as the college admissions process can be quite overwhelming. From my experience with my child's college application process, I've learned that it's essential to strike a balance between a high GPA and challenging coursework. Colleges do appreciate students who challenge themselves by taking rigorous courses such as AP or IB classes. However, they also want to see that you can maintain a good GPA while doing so. If you can manage to excel in challenging courses, it will demonstrate your strong work ethic and dedication to learning. That being said, it's important not to overload yourself to the point where it negatively affects your GPA or mental health. Consider your strengths and interests when selecting classes and make sure you have a good support system in place to help you succeed. In summary, it's about finding the right balance between taking on challenges and maintaining a strong GPA. The combination of both will make your college application stand out. Good luck with your college journey!

11 months ago

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