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

Hey there, I'm a junior and I'm a bit stressed about my course selection for next year. Should I prioritize maintaining a high GPA or challenge myself with difficult courses? Any input would be helpful!

10 months ago

Hi! I understand how stressful course selection can be. From my experience with my own child, it's important to strike a balance between maintaining a good GPA and challenging yourself with difficult courses. Colleges do look at the rigor of your classes, but your GPA is also crucial. I suggest taking a few challenging courses in areas that you're passionate about or excel in, but not overloading yourself to the point where your GPA suffers. By doing so, you'll demonstrate to colleges that you're not only capable of handling a challenging workload, but also have a strong academic foundation. It's also a good idea to talk to your school counselor about your course selection, as they can help provide guidance based on your specific academic goals. Best of luck!

10 months ago

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