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Which one of these would UNC like better?

csummerlin2008csummerlin2008 Posts: 389Registered User Member
Hi. I was just wondering if UNC Chapel Hill liked academics over extra-curriculars. I have been asked if I wanted to be editor of the yearbook, but I have to sacrifice two semesters my junior and senior year, combined to a total of 4 semesters. 2 of the 4 semesters will be counted as honors for being editor. I just didn't know if UNC would rather have a student who has a high position like this, or someone who has completed classes such as AP Stats, Honors Physics, AP Calculus AB (Part 1 & Part 2(2 AP credits are given)). These classes would be what I replaced in yearbook's place. So, would UNC rather have someone with leadership qualities or someone who took additional challenging classes and a has a bit of a higher GPA and class rank? Also, if it helps I plan on majoring in Pharmacology and then go to Pharmacy school to become a Pharmacist.

Below is my original post that I posted under High School Life.

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Okay, my teacher of Yearbook has informed me that if I wanted to be the editor of Yearbook I could. However, it is two semesters and counts as a regular class. I would also be editor my Senior year, two more semesters. You get 1 honors credit for each year you are editor, so that would mean that 2 of the 4 credits would be honors.

I am really confused on whether or not I should drop yearbook. Do colleges look at having classes such as AP Stats and Honors Physics better than being editor of yearbook for the 2 junior semesters? I am just concerned with what colleges like better - editor of yearbook or AP/honors courses?

Also, I am a little concerned about my GPA and class rank. I am currently ranked 13 with a W GPA of 4.021. This should raise because I am enrolled in 2 honors classes, which I will get 5.0's in, but there is one regular course that I am having a bit of trouble with that I will get somewhere around a 3.5, at the least. I probably need all the AP and honors classes I can get to raise this GPA. That is why I am a bit concerned about taking up on the offer of becoming Yearbook editor.

If it helps my next year's(Junior year) schedule is:
AP English
Pre-Cal (Honors)
Yearbook (Honors)
Spanish 1
Chemistry
Honors US History
Yearbook (Regular)
Spanish 1

This ^^^ is my schedule if I were to be editor of yearbook. Only 3 classes are honors and 1 AP.

Below is my schedule if I were to drop Yearbook. I would have 2 AP classes and 3 honors classes. Which one should I go with???

AP English
Pre-Cal (Honors)
Honors Physics
Spanish 1
Chemistry
Honors US History
AP Stats
Spanish 2

Please help me make a decision! I am so confused! Thanks
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Replies to: Which one of these would UNC like better?

  • thrills4everthrills4ever Posts: 813Registered User Member
    I think I would go with the Yearbook schedule, as that shows your apart of your school and interact with it. However, I think you should take an Honors Chemistry or Honors Spanish along with the yearbook schedule, since that would look solid. Why are you taking 2 foreign languages? Stick with one, and use the other as another AP/Honors??
  • csummerlin2008csummerlin2008 Posts: 389Registered User Member
    What do you mean? Do you mean that I am taking Spanish 1 fall, and Spanish 2 spring? The answer to that question is that it is my only choice. I have to have 3 foreign languages by the time I graduate, and they make you take Spanish 1 and Spanish 2 the same year. I am not sure why my school makes you do that, but it is a strict rule. I wish my school offered Honors Chemistry but all they offer is regular Chemistry, no AP or honors.

    Should I still go with the yearbook schedule?
  • thrills4everthrills4ever Posts: 813Registered User Member
    what Spanish 1 at ur school is only 1 semester? Its not year round? In that case im not sure. Are u in-state?? If you are in-state, I dont think you should sweat that much. Go with the ybook schedule. If you are OOS I think you should go with the other schedule, since thats more challenging. Regardless, find the schedule where you think you can perform the best in.
  • csummerlin2008csummerlin2008 Posts: 389Registered User Member
    I am in-state. Do you think I have any chance at getting a scholarship? Would I have better chances if I were to drop yearbook?
  • thrills4everthrills4ever Posts: 813Registered User Member
    I dont think you should worry about getting into UNC if your instate. Ur only a sophomore, and u have 1 year to get ur grades up. Dont worry too much about it! I say go with ybk if you want to. Its up to u. Its too hard to tell if your gonna get a scholarship, as you prolly hvnt taken SATs yet. I think if you get ur rank from 13 up to around 5-6 b4 u apply then you have a shot.
  • CCRunner123CCRunner123 Posts: 1,280Registered User Senior Member
    I think your junior year schedule is kinda weak with only one AP.
  • prodj88prodj88 Posts: 68Registered User Junior Member
    i know people who didn't take aps junior year and they got in fine (they were top 10% of their class too) . as for senior year u better take some lol
  • csummerlin2008csummerlin2008 Posts: 389Registered User Member
    Okay, this is why I was wondering if I should drop yearbook or not. If I have yearbook my senior year I plan on taking AP English, Spanish 3, E-Commerce 2, Yearbook 6 (Regular), Yearbook 7 (Honors), AP Stats, AP Calculus Part 1, AP Calculus Part 2 (for Part 1 & 2, you get one AP credit per semester, so one for Part 1 and 1 for part 2, for a total of 2 AP Credits ). So, if I took yearbook, that means I would only have 4 AP Classes all together for my high school career. If I dropped yearbook, I would have several AP classes in its place. However, I am also planning on taking some AP classes over the summer this year, probably AP Pyschology and/or AP Microeconomics.

    Any other advide, knowing this???
  • thrills4everthrills4ever Posts: 813Registered User Member
    i think ur fine honestly. Go with the schedule that you think is best. UNC is like 85% in-state. ur top 10%, and I think if you go with ybk schedule it adds the feeling that ur a part of the school, and dont only care about ur grades. Plus you could send in stuff you did to UNC for the ybk as some of ur supplementals
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