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

Hi everyone, I'm a junior trying to balance my course load. Is it better to have a high GPA with easier classes or a slightly lower GPA with more challenging classes? I want to make sure I'm doing what's best for my college applications. Thanks for your help!

9 months ago

Hello! It's great that you're thinking about your college applications early. From my experience with my own child's college application process, I can say that both GPA and challenging classes are important. However, it's best to find a balance between the two. Colleges like to see that you've challenged yourself with harder courses, but they also look for a strong GPA to show your commitment and ability to excel academically. If you can maintain a high GPA while taking challenging classes, that's the best scenario. But if you're struggling with a particular subject, it's okay to take an easier class to ensure you maintain a strong GPA. Ultimately, it's about finding the right mix for you – challenge yourself without overwhelming yourself. Don't forget to also focus on extracurricular activities and other aspects of your application, as colleges consider the whole package. Good luck!

9 months ago

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