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High School Class of 2020

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  • ab2002ab2002 Registered User Posts: 640 Member
    It really depends... What previous English courses have you taken? What other courses are you taking next year? Do you think you can handle it? Also, if you are taking Speech in place of an English course, do NOT do it. Electives are electives.
  • collegeready33collegeready33 Registered User Posts: 289 Junior Member
    @HS Student Ivy Day is the day when all regular decisions for the Ivy Leagues are released.
  • excovererexcoverer Registered User Posts: 616 Member
    @HS student Obviously if you can take AP Lit, you should, but seeing that you're not able to due to Speech, AP Lit is really only completely necessary if you plan on majoring in a language or social sciences in college. because you are not planning on majoring in the humanities, try your best to take harder courses in all the other subjects, especially STEM, and it should not be too much of a big deal. If anything, you can sign up for AP Lit senior year.

    Best of luck and have a good day!
  • excovererexcoverer Registered User Posts: 616 Member
    @Max147 I go to a public school in Northern VA. I do remember last year Spring Break was in April, so I can see why you think so. I am not exactly sure why my county made it in March this year.

    Have a good day!
  • HS studentHS student Registered User Posts: 173 Junior Member
    @ab2002 I've taken Honors English 9 and Honors English 10... that's it. I have a high A in honors English 10 right now, but I don't enjoy the class very much at all, which is why I'm not enthusiastic about AP Lit. But looking at College Confidential schedules, it's hard to find a student who's not taking either AP Lang or AP Lit, so I was thinking that might present an issue.
  • ab2002ab2002 Registered User Posts: 640 Member
    Remember that CC is kind of unrealistic. Not to sound snobby, but most of the kids on here are the smartest kids in the country. You don’t need to fit the mold for CC. Just look at admissions stats. Most kids on here skyrocket for the schools they’re applying to.
  • ps1kdps1kd Registered User Posts: 150 Junior Member
    @ab2002 I agree. The kids on this forum are highly motivated and goal oriented for sure. Most kids know a little about the college app process but only very basic info. For example a lot of us have or are going on college tours already. When I toured Brown, they were very surprised to see a sophmore on a visit.
  • nick3162nick3162 Registered User Posts: 251 Junior Member
    Anyone else here planning on majoring in computer science?
  • ps1kdps1kd Registered User Posts: 150 Junior Member
    @collegeready33 I wouldn’t be concerned about dropping admission rates. In reality, it’s easier to get into a top college. The number of students who attend these students is growing faster than the number who want to apply to these schools. While it is harder to get into one dream school, it is easier than before to get into one of your top choices. The reason why admission rates are dropping is because colleges want to drop them so that they can rise in the rankings. The rise in the rankings attracts more donations and more qualified students who want to apply. These more qualified students then make more money and donate more money and it becomes a cycle. For example Johns Hopkins in my opinion is overrated. It’s place in the rankings is largely due to its low acceptance rates. Lower ranked schools are better schools than hopkins but are not regarded as highly because their acceptance rates are higher and they are farther down the rankings for example brown or Georgetown. Colleges are able to make it seem harder to get in because nowadays, kids are applying to more schools. Ten years ago 5 to 10 schools might be an average number of applications while there are people regularly applying to 20+ today which means they can deny the extra applications that students send just to see if they can win the lottery. In addition, colleges accept more of their students through early decision. At top colleges such as the ivies, 35-55 percent of the class is admitted early. This allows colleges to reject more people during regular decision because half of the spots are already taken since the people admitted in early decision are forced to attend the college.

    PS Sorry for making this a master’s thesis, I just wanted to clear up the misconception.
  • collegeready33collegeready33 Registered User Posts: 289 Junior Member
    @Max147 Oh ok thanks that makes sense!
  • nick3162nick3162 Registered User Posts: 251 Junior Member
    @Max147

    Great resource that goes along with what you're saying: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=le2dkeYnEzA
  • excovererexcoverer Registered User Posts: 616 Member
    @nick3162 I am not, but one of my best friends is! My dad also majored in it in college, and he is a computer programmer.

    @HS student If you really do not wish to take AP Lit, it's fine to not do it even if everyone else on CC is. There is nothing wrong with signing up for Honors English or Speech if you're not ready for AP Lit. You can also take AP Lang next year, right? If you can, I wouldn't stress about it too much. While it's nice to have both Lang and Lit, one is perfectly fine. In fact, neither of them are required if you're going into STEM, which seems to be your case. Best of luck.

    Have a good day!
  • ab2002ab2002 Registered User Posts: 640 Member
    Guys, these new statistics are making me nervous. These schools are cracking down more than ever. What if what is good now is “okay” when we apply? I just want to get into a top 30 school, that’s all! :(
  • sputniiksputniik Registered User Posts: 92 Junior Member
    edited March 2018
    here's my (to be) schedule for next year!:

    -- ap calculus bc
    -- honors french 10
    -- ap us history
    -- ap physics
    -- american protest, ethics (for english stuff)
    -- java
    -- (hopefully if i can fit it in my schedule) ap chemistry
    -- drawing 3+4
    -- ... gym lmao
  • sputniiksputniik Registered User Posts: 92 Junior Member
    edited March 2018
    @ab2002 don't worry !! ngl what u said before is true on how CC has unrealistic student expectations -- not everyone does 3281904 aps and gets 800 on every sat subject test they take and that's perfectly fine (in fact, it's the pecentile that matters more than the number).

    selective colleges of course look for students with good grades, good standardized test scores, good participation in extracurriculars and what not, but people on here sometimes overdo it. i would say if you *are* very worried though, you should participate more in extracurriculars regarding your interests (very important!) and start focusing more on your studies and your passions especially -- but we're still young and that's okay. everyone will be fine.
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