I'm currently finishing up my sophomore year of high school. This year, I took Pre-Cal, but I really struggled with it (C-). I've never been drawn to math or ever really particularly "good" at it, but this year was, so far, the worst.
What I'd like to know is whether or not taking AP Calculus is imperative to my chance of getting admitted into Brown? I don't like excuses, but I'm a strong humanities student and have excelled in both Language Arts and History throughout my entire school life. I plan to major in Modern Culture and Media Studies, as well as Comparative Literature. Regarding my potential math course (HS), I was considering taking AP Stats, but I'm afraid that Brown will see this as risk aversion, which it is really.
I know that Brown wants students who go out of their comfort zone and challenge themselves academically, but this year wasn't so great for me, grade-wise. I'm currently at a 3.4 unweighted GPA (only core classes/foreign languages calculated. sports and whatnot were withdrawn in my calculation). I became too comfortable this past year, but I plan to fix that. I know what I want now and I've established a motivation that I've never really had before. That being said, it'd be ideal for me to raise my GPA to around a 3.7 or a 3.8.
The fact of the matter is this: I'm afraid that AP Calculus may inhibit my academic growth. I believe that if I don't get a decent grade, it'd hurt my chances of getting admitted significantly, as I can't afford another C if I want to reach that 3.8. Though I'm aware Brown has a holistic admissions process, I'd be comforted by the fact that I at least have, you know, "the average GPA".
Thanks in advance!
Last edited by Wordsworthian; 06-04-2012 at 02:32 AM.
Reason: Needed to include intended major.