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Can oceanography class in high school benefit my college application?

Yo, just curious here - does taking an oceanography class have any sort of special consideration or cool factor on a college application, especially if I'm thinking about majoring in Environmental Science or something related?

7 months ago

Hey there! Taking an oceanography class can indeed be beneficial to your application, especially if it aligns with your intended major. It's always impressive to colleges when students dive into subjects they're passionate about and that relate to their future academic interests.

Moreover, colleges appreciate when students challenge themselves with rigorous coursework, especially in subjects that aren't part of a standard high school academic experience, and oceanography is definitely a challenging and specialized class. If you want, you could even tie this interest into other parts of your application, such as any "Why Major?" essays you end up needing to write. You can read up on that kind of essay on CollegeVine's blog: https://blog.collegevine.com/why-this-major-college-essay/.

If you do decide to take this class, just make sure you're also doing well in your core classes to maintain a strong GPA—colleges want to see that you have a strong foundation in core subjects like math, science, social studies, English, and foreign language, not just one relatively niche area.

If you do end up taking this class, enjoy, and good luck with your college process!

7 months ago

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