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What to do?

CIACIA Registered User Posts: 1,120 Senior Member
edited May 2008 in College Admissions
I'm a freshman and looking at my schedule for next year I don't know what to do. I've only taken one year of foreign language and do not have room in it next year. Would it look bad if I were to skip Spanish this upcoming year, and take 2 my junior year to make up for it when my schedule is less hectic?

I know colleges REQUIRE at least 2-3 years and recommend at least 4. What should I do?
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Replies to: What to do?

  • atrophicwhisperatrophicwhisper Registered User Posts: 1,744 Senior Member
    Can you replace it with something not as important?
  • CIACIA Registered User Posts: 1,120 Senior Member
    Basically everything in my schedule is important. I'd have to replace an AP class that I'm extremely interested in with Spanish II and that just doesn't seem like the logical thing to do.
  • noinspirationnoinspiration Registered User Posts: 59 Junior Member
    Could you take it at a local community college?

    I wouldn't really advise taking a year off between Spanish I and Spanish II. I say that not because colleges would frown upon it, but because you will likely forget a lot of what you've learned and have to work hard to refresh your memory.

    I completed Spanish IV during my junior year, so I didn't take Spanish this year. And, wow, have I ever forgotten how to speak it.

    That said, there are probably ways you could keep it in your head better than I have, like reading books/magazines in Spanish, using a language-learning computer program, etc.
  • CIACIA Registered User Posts: 1,120 Senior Member
    I'm honestly not sure if I can take it at my community college, but I will certainly ask my counselor about it.

    I understand what you mean with forgetting most of it, and that's a big concern for me.

    Anyone else?
  • blackeyedsusanblackeyedsusan Registered User Posts: 2,520 Senior Member
    You really need to take language in consecutive years.
  • CIACIA Registered User Posts: 1,120 Senior Member
    Yeah I understand that, but at this point what are my options?
  • NorthstarmomNorthstarmom Registered User Posts: 24,853 Senior Member
    "I wouldn't really advise taking a year off between Spanish I and Spanish II. I say that not because colleges would frown upon it, but because you will likely forget a lot of what you've learned and have to work hard to refresh your memory. "

    Very good advise.

    It's hard to believe that it could be a wise decision for a person to choose to pass up a 2nd year of a language -- something most colleges require -- soph year for an AP class that the student can take later.
  • CIACIA Registered User Posts: 1,120 Senior Member
    I still want to take the language, not pass it up, I'm just curious of what my options are for taking both at the same time. Is it just not going to be possible or..?
  • noinspirationnoinspiration Registered User Posts: 59 Junior Member
    Are you talking about taking Spanish II and Spanish III at the same time?

    If so, I wouldn't recommend it, and I'd be kind of surprised if your school would let you do it.

    Language classes are chronological for a reason-- they build on each other both with vocabulary and grammar. It'd be really tough to do well in Spanish III with only Spanish I and part of Spanish II.

    I still think community college classes would be your best option if you can't fit it in your schedule. Or possibly summer school (if offered).
  • CIACIA Registered User Posts: 1,120 Senior Member
    No. I meant fitting in the AP class and the spanish class at the same time without having to split them up into two separate years.

    Summer school is an option that I'll look into.
  • ReadyforCollegeReadyforCollege Registered User Posts: 31 Junior Member
    It's not feasible to take two years of Spanish at once if that's what you're implying.

    The easiest option would be simply to drop a class and take Spanish 2.

    The only other option would be to take it at community college.

    Whatever you choose however, make sure you don't skip a year of Spanish and then all of the sudden take it again the next year. It's going to come back and haunt you.
  • CIACIA Registered User Posts: 1,120 Senior Member
    Yeah, I never meant I wanted to take two years of Spanish at the once. That would not be possible as you said.

    My options now are community college, summer school. I could also take another class over the summer thus freeing up the block for Spanish.

    Anything else?
  • CIACIA Registered User Posts: 1,120 Senior Member
    I'll bump this one time just to see if someone that was not on last night has any other possible options for me.
  • NatalieWNatalieW Registered User Posts: 162 Junior Member
    I don't know if your school has a program set up for self-study, but you could teach yourself the Spanish II topics with the supervision of a teacher, who could explain the curriculum to you, and then test out of the Spanish II requirement to place into Spanish III. I've done two self-studies, but not to place into a higher level, just because they were classes I couldn't fit. I have a friend who taught himself Precalc then tested out of it to take Calc his junior year. Talk to someone at your school to see if that's an option.
  • chubeebochubeebo Registered User Posts: 489 Member
    Hi CIA.

    agree with Natalie, look into independent study options at your school.

    I would like opinions from the other posters though. Is it really that disadvantageous to skip Spanish 2 in your sophomore year and take it in your junior year? Couldn't the OP just review his Spanish 1 material in the summer before junior year to get himself prepared for Spanish 2? Do colleges care that you didn't take your Spanish courses in consecutive years?

    Also, there might be advantages to taking the AP course. It could set the OP to take more advanced courses. It could make him eligible to be AP Scholar, or AP Scholar with Honor or Distinction, and be able to put that as an additional achievement line in his college apps. All I'm saying is there might be an advantage to taking the AP course and skipping Spanish 2.
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