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How crucial are high school AP classes for college admissions?

Hey guys, just a bit stressed about course selection. How necessary is it to load up on the hardest AP classes to impress colleges, or is it better to have a good balance? Would love to hear your experiences.

7 months ago

It's completely normal to feel some stress when it comes to selecting your courses! The short answer is that it's important to challenge yourself, but not to the point of overwhelming stress.

College admissions officers look for a rigorous course load because it shows a student's readiness for college-level coursework. However, balance is key. It's better to excel in fewer AP classes than to perform poorly in many.

Consider your strengths and interests when choosing AP courses; if you're a STEM-oriented student, AP Calculus or AP Biology might make more sense than AP Literature. And always remember: colleges consider the context of your course selection. If your school only offers a limited number of AP classes, you won't be penalized for not taking more than what's available.

Focus on doing well in the AP classes you do take and show some depth in subjects related to your potential college major or interests. Also, keep in mind your overall well-being and extracurricular commitments when making your decisions. It's all about finding that personal sweet spot where you're challenged but not overextended.

7 months ago

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