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Dropping an AP class – will it absolutely kill me?

dandelion27dandelion27 Registered User Posts: 198 Junior Member
edited February 2008 in College Admissions
I’ve been very ill the last couple of weeks and as a result, have not been in school. I have a very demanding senior year schedule (5 APs and 3 other classes) and having been sick for so long, am completely overwhelmed. My counselors and parents are now encouraging me to lighten the load a bit. Would it be absolutely awful if I were to drop my easiest AP class (which I finished with a strong A in last semester)? Obviously, I would notify all my colleges (Harvard, Princeton, etc) of the change, but in light of such health-related circumstances, how much would this hurt me?
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Replies to: Dropping an AP class – will it absolutely kill me?

  • tlswogh89tlswogh89 Registered User Posts: 90 Junior Member
    it depends on school. I mean, let say, if you want to major in Bio (example) in college and drop Ap bio, than that would be a problem. But, If you want to major in that has nothing to do with Bio major, for example, English than that's no problem at all. I know, i've been through this. Also, before you drop AP class, you should talk to your college admissions and notify them. Good luck
  • GodfatherbobGodfatherbob Registered User Posts: 1,311 Senior Member
    Why not just tough it out for another month, suffer the bad grade (which, if you're a Harvard prospective would be probably be like a B), and then switch out once you've already have your decisions? Only problem I foresee is if you were to be waitlisted. Let's hope that doesn't happen =p
  • dandelion27dandelion27 Registered User Posts: 198 Junior Member
    tlswogh89 - the class has nothing to do with my major, so no problem there

    Godfatherbob - we have to drop the class by a certain date, so I can't wait another month. Waitlisting, however, shouldn't be an issue. I was accepted to a school I really love EA so If I am indeed waitlisted at my other choices, I won't pursue them anyhow. At this point, I'm just trying to keep options open (and do what's in my best interest health-wise :P )
  • asdfjkl1asdfjkl1 Registered User Posts: 1,950 Senior Member
    If you're already in at a school you love, why not? If you're overburdened with those classes, drop them. Why make the situation worse?
  • dandelion27dandelion27 Registered User Posts: 198 Junior Member
    I would hate to jeopardize my chance at other schools just because of this, though.
  • steelerfan513steelerfan513 Registered User Posts: 215 Junior Member
    I'd drop the class. You're already in EA at one of your top choices, and you're not supposed to work yourself to death senior year anyway.
  • squelchy451squelchy451 Registered User Posts: 497 Member
    Are colleges aware of what classes I take during the second semester of my senior year?
  • dandelion27dandelion27 Registered User Posts: 198 Junior Member
    squelchy451 - Weren't you asked to report (on your common app or elsewhere) what classes you would be taking second semester?
  • CEH89CEH89 Registered User Posts: 142 Junior Member
    Dandelion,
    I think dropping an "easy" AP that has little to do with your intended major would be okay.

    Here's what I'm wondering though... would it be best to tell the colleges that it was due to a severe illness? Or just tell them without explaining...?

    Any other opinions
  • dandelion27dandelion27 Registered User Posts: 198 Junior Member
    An explanation would probably be better.....right?
  • tenisghstenisghs Registered User Posts: 3,955 Senior Member
    @ dandelion27

    I would highly recommend talking to your guidance counselor and parents to see which class(es) you should drop. I wouldn't necessarily drop your easiest AP course if you're doing well in it. Your GPA still matters. Look at the courses that are non-mandatory and are having the most difficulty in. If you cannot see yourself passing those classes, then I would consider dropping them to lighten your load, continue to heal and ease your way back into school. Your college choices will definitely understand you had extenuating circumstances.
  • al6200al6200 Registered User Posts: 1,579 Senior Member
    I would advise just not dropping it. You can't lose that way, and you run no risk of the colleges seeing it the wrong way. (Unless, of course, you're TOTALLY overwhelmed)
  • sprtn117sprtn117 Registered User Posts: 210 Junior Member
    I don't think you should drop it either. Your midyear report is already in and the colleges are not going to look at the final grades for second semester. Even if your grades dip a bit because you are overwhelmed, colleges are not going to rescind you offer of admission.
  • dandelion27dandelion27 Registered User Posts: 198 Junior Member
    I think I fall into the "TOTALLY overwhelmed" category.
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