I was wondering what classes I should take next year to be competitive for a top 20 college (including liberal arts colleges). I am taking AP World History right now, and I find the workload pretty easy if I'm not procrastinating. I wanted to know what combinations of AP's should I take next year that would appeal to competitive colleges that I can get 4's or 5's on, but still have a somewhat easy workload so I have time to do extracurriculars. However, I need to at least be taking AP Calculus AB or AP Calculus Chemistry if not both at the same time. My school's only have a few AP classes. APUSH, AP Government and Politics, AP Calculus AB, AP Chemistry, AP Environmental Science, AP English Lit, AP English Lang, and AP Spanish. There are some other ones, but I'm not going to take like AP Music Theory and AP Studio Drawing. I might take AP Spanish senior year if I think I'm good enough at the language. I don't really think I want to do AP Government and Politics, but if you guys can give a good enough argument to why I should take it, I might go for it.
It depends on what you want to do and what you enjoy. APs are a lot of work and it doesn't make sense to take them just for your transcript. I'm in my junior year right now, and I'm only taking Calc AB. It's a good class, but that's because math is my strong suit. Next year, I'll be taking AP Stat, Comp Sci A, and MacroEcon.
If you're interested in taking a standardized approach, I would recommend Calc, Lang, and History. If you can, take AP Comp Sci Principles. It's a relaxed AP class and an easy 5.
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