I'm a rising junior and now, I'm fretting over which courses to take next year. I've been visiting CC for a while and this is my first post ever outside the high school prep admission :) As I have only one year at Choate (i'm an exchange student), I'll try to take the most challenging courses possible. I would love to see how far I can push my own boundaries and experience the true value of learning. Colleges surely care a lot about the rigor of secondary courses, so I've invested quite some time and thoughts into this, as to be able to fully consider both my personal interests in the subjects and the courses' significance to adcoms. Now I really need your advice :D
The school recommends taking 5 courses per term, so this is my almost final list:
1. AP Cal. I'm not sure if I should take AB or BC. Any advice here?
2. AP Physics C. I hear that C is more math-intense and since I'll be taking AP Cal alongside with it, hope I'll be fine. :)
3. AP US History. I plan to spend the rest of the summer working on the AMSCO book and the Kaplan SAT II USH prep book.
4. An English course. I'm not sure which one yet. Any recommendation?
5. I'm torn between AP Psy and Chinese I for beginner. I like both Psy and Chinese, but since we're not taught these 2 subjects in high school here, I don't have much background knowledge. Only students who took Intro to Psy can take AP psy, but as I'm an exchange student, maybe they'll let me have a chance. Do you think I can handle the work load in that course with no prior knowledge?
And also which one would look better in combination with the 4 courses above, Chinese I as a foreign language or AP Psy?