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Importance of taking challenging classes senior year?

I heard that colleges like to see that you've taken challenging classes throughout high school, including senior year. How important is it to make sure I take hard classes in my senior year? Should I still try to strike a balance between rigor and my own mental well-being? Any insights would be appreciated.

8 months ago

It's admirable that you're considering the balance between academic rigor and your well-being. Taking challenging courses during your senior year can indeed be important, as colleges often look for students who are eager to push themselves and engage in advanced learning right up to graduation. However, it’s essential to not overextend yourself to the point of burnout. Remember, your well-being is crucial, not only for your academic performance but also for your overall college readiness. If you're feeling overwhelmed at the thought of a heavy course load, it might be wise to select one or two advanced classes in subjects that you are particularly strong in or passionate about. Colleges will still recognize the effort while you maintain a manageable schedule. For example, if you excel in math, taking a higher-level math course while keeping other classes at a regular level can demonstrate that dedication without compromising your health. Always consider how you're feeling and seek balance; it's the most sustainable approach.

8 months ago

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