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Should I take APUSH (Junior Year)?

MBVLovelessMBVLoveless Registered User Posts: 810 Member
edited August 2013 in High School Life
I'm in the process of deciding whether or not to drop APUSH, which I initially signed up to take, next year. Could you please help me to reach a wise decision?

Some background info:
->I currently attend an elite west coast boarding school, known for a rigorous workload, which is why I'm afraid of taking on APUSH.

->Courses I'll be taking next year:
1. Advanced French I (4th year French at my school, level 490 - the AP courses at my school are at the 500s level, so it's basically half a level below AP French)
2. AP Calculus BC
3. AP Chemistry
4. IVth Form/Junior English (mandatory)
5. Either Regular USH or APUSH
Question: Will this schedule remain rigorous enough for USNews top 20 Universities even if I opt to drop APUSH? I mean I'm at a school where people who take PreCalc in their senior year get into Duke.

->I have only taken one history class in my entire life: Regular European History, for which I received an A. The reason why I signed up for APUSH was that my European History teacher exhorted (forced?) me to do so as she thought that I "could definitely handle the work" and that I would not be challenged enough in a regular US history class. However, I always felt I received higher grades in my essays and tests than my peers last year only because I worked three times as hard, so it certainly didn't come easy for me even in a regular class.

->I am an international student, with no prior knowledge of US History. To be honest, I didn't know who the heck Benjamin Franklin was before reading a book about him required for summer reading this summer. I'm pretty much clueless about anything related to the US.

Question: How much more intellectually demanding and time consuming is APUSH than Regular USH? My history teacher last year "assured" me that "there is minimal difference and you only have to read and write a bit more" but I doubt the disparity in the levels of difficulty is trivial. Any thoughts?

->I'm confident of my essay writing ability, but I also spend a lot of time (probably more than I should in most cases) on the essays. I fear that this perfectionist habit of mine would begin to have an adverse impact on my grades in the other classes were I elect to keep APUSH in my schedule.

Any input would be appreciated. Thanks!
Post edited by MBVLoveless on

Replies to: Should I take APUSH (Junior Year)?

  • PaintallthestuffPaintallthestuff Registered User Posts: 339 Member
    Hey! I am also an international student with limited knowledge of US history. I'm a sophomore in the class now and I absolutely love it. The concepts aren't very hard to understand- having taken Euro or world history should suffice as a basis of knowledge. If you are good with writing and have a good memory, you should go for it.
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