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Is it better to take challenging courses and risk a lower GPA?

Hi guys, I'm a high school junior, and I'm trying to decide whether to take more challenging courses next year. I've heard that colleges like to see rigor on your transcript, but I'm worried that challenging classes might lower my GPA. What do you think is the best approach? Thanks for your input!

11 months ago

Hey! It's great that you're considering challenging yourself with more rigorous courses. In my experience, colleges do appreciate seeing students who have pushed themselves academically. However, it's important to strike a balance between taking challenging courses and maintaining a strong GPA. Remember, it's not just about the number of difficult classes you take, but also how well you perform in them. It might be a good idea to discuss this with your guidance counselor, as they can provide more personalized advice based on your academic history and college goals. Ultimately, it's about finding the right mix of courses that will both challenge you and allow you to maintain a competitive GPA. Good luck with your decision, and remember that it's important to enjoy the learning process as well!

11 months ago

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