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Heres my situation: Im currently a rising senior at an IB school where all of the students are forced to enroll in the full IB program and become diploma candidates. In my sophomore year, I was obsessed with GPA and maintaining a 4.0 because for whatever reason I thought that having a 4.0 was important for getting into a good school. I decided that if I were to take HL math, it would be too difficult for me to maintain good grades while keeping my social life/ sanity intact. Because of this, I decided to join the SL math track. Furthermore, I only elected to take 6 IB subjects instead of the maximum of 7 allowed at my school. Recently, to my dismay, I found out that the counselor would only check the box for most rigorous courses offered on our applications if we took either math HL or 7 IB subjects. The counselor said that colleges recognize the difficulty of the IB program, but I wonder what they will think if think of my not taking a seventh IB or HL math. Although I have maintained my 4.0 so far, Im still worried because I have read a number of posts saying that colleges strongly dislike applicants who did not take the most rigorous courses offered.
My goal is HYPS, and I have very good objective stats and solid extracurricular activities, which I will post if they are relevant to the discussion. However, there are at least five other students at my school who have similar objective stats and extracurricular activities; they dont have 4.0 GPAs, but their GPAs are still pretty solid at around 3.9, and they are also taking courses that would give them the distinction of most rigorous courses offered.
So basically, my question is this: How screwed am I? To what extent will my lack of a seventh IB/ HL math negatively affect my admissions chances? How will I stack up against students in the AP program? Will colleges directly compare me with the other students at my school, see they challenged themselves more, and then choose them over me?