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Friday, February 16, 2018

The Pressure to Take APs is Real

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Peer pressure is something we are all exposed to in our lives, especially in  high school. In fact, you may not even know you are falling into the trap of peer pressure at school. With so many students taking multiple advanced placement classes it is easy to feel obligated  to do the same.

When enrolling for AP classes, it is important to understand what you’re getting yourself into. With great amounts of homework each night and intense content to absorb in each class, AP classes are no matter to take lightly. They are, after all, a college level course.

While it may be rewarding to pass the AP exam at the end of the year and receive college credits, your grade in the class has the potential to lower your GPA significantly if you don’t do well during both semesters.

In addition, some very prestigious colleges don’t even count passing the AP exam for college credits, unless you receive the highest grade for it which can be very difficult. Sometimes it’s essential for a student interested in a certain career to take a certain AP class. For example, if you are interested in becoming an engineer, and are good at math, it will be helpful to take AP Calculus in high school for credits. That being said, it’s important to do your research before taking an AP class, to make sure all the extra work is really worth it.

“I am only taking one AP because I figured out that I only need challenging in that subject. However, I don’t believe that taking 4-5 APs is necessary just because either your friends are taking it or because your parents make you. You’d probably end up miserable and tired everyday. Do what you need to succeed!” said Sandra Ayllon, sophomore.

If the AP classes you are taking are really on subjects that are a priority to you and interest you, then you should definitely take the class and the hard work is encouraged. It simply cannot be stressed enough that if you are not ready for the extra load, you should not be taking the class just because you feel pressured to. The decision is in your hands and whether or not APs are in your future, make sure to balance the work in your high school career.

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