6 months ago
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Should I take econ in a community college over the summer?

Right now I'm a junior and my high school requires economics for all seniors. We don't have either AP economics classes but we have a regular one. I'm planning to study economics or something related to finance in college so, in order to stand out, I want to take macro or microeconomics at my local community college over the summer. Is this a good idea or will colleges not see much value in taking economics in both community college and high school?


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6 months ago

I think taking a community college econ course is a great idea! To me it shows initiative and sustained interest, and it shows that you are taking advantage of all the options available to you. I'm not sure how much an admissions counselor would factor it into their decision, but there is a section on the common app where you can add any college courses you've taken, so they do look at it in their evaluation process.

Perhaps a more compelling reason to take the course is to scope out your specific interests! How much you end up liking the course (and the specific topics you find interesting) can guide your plans for college and help you understand what specializations/research you may want to get involved in during college. Having this knowledge can also be really good for the "why this major?" and "why this school?" supplemental essays, because you can be specific about which of the college's resources you would genuinely want to take advantage of. Schools love to hear this because it indicates that accepting you would be mutually beneficial--they love to brag about undergrads doing cool research, developing startups, contributing to the community, and just being generally successful by taking advantage of the resources they offer. However, the main reason to take the course should just be to scope out your interest in finance/economics a bit more. Hope this helped, good luck!

I'd like to note that if there is any financial barrier/hesitation to taking a community college course, you can absolutely scope out your interests in other ways! You can audit courses on Coursera, self-study topics you're interested in, find free pdfs of books and articles about your subject of interest, etc.


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