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Is it better to take more AP courses or focus on extracurriculars?

Hello everyone! I'm a junior in high school, and I'm trying to decide whether to take more AP courses next year or focus on my extracurricular activities. Which would be more beneficial for my college applications? Would a balance between the two be best? Thanks for your input!

9 months ago

Hi there! It's great that you're thinking about your college applications and what would be most beneficial for you. Based on my experience with my own child, I believe that a balance between AP courses and extracurricular activities is the best approach. Colleges like to see that you're challenging yourself academically, and taking AP courses can demonstrate that. However, it's also important to show that you're a well-rounded individual with diverse interests and skills outside of the classroom. Extracurricular activities can help you develop leadership and teamwork abilities, which colleges also value. My child participated in a mix of clubs, sports, and volunteer work while also taking a reasonable number of AP courses, and it seemed to work well for them. Ultimately, you'll want to consider your own strengths, interests, and time management abilities when deciding how to balance academics and extracurriculars. Don't forget to leave time for self-care and relaxation as well! Best of luck with your decision and your college applications!

9 months ago

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