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APUSH, or linear algebra?

Microsoft_NinjaMicrosoft_Ninja Registered User Posts: 89 Junior Member
Hi,

I'm really struggling with this decision. I REALLY want to take linear algebra next year, but the only way I can is to take honors U.S history over the summer. If I do this though I won't be able to take APUSH, which would look bad to colleges.

What should I do????
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Replies to: APUSH, or linear algebra?

  • scubadivescubadive Registered User Posts: 587 Member
    Take what you want to take. You don't have to take every AP class in high school. It is no big deal.
  • ab2002ab2002 Registered User Posts: 34 Junior Member
    Is this an elective course? If so, I would take APUSH and then linear alegbra when you have time, because if you are trying to seem competitive, as bad as it sounds, we all know you have to take the APs.
  • scubadivescubadive Registered User Posts: 587 Member
    While you need to challenge yourself it does not mean you have to take all AP's and skip out on classes you are interested in. There is more to college admissions than AP's.
  • Microsoft_NinjaMicrosoft_Ninja Registered User Posts: 89 Junior Member
    Wow, you guys reply fast.

    Well to answer your questions:

    @ab2002 it is not an elective course, it's a legit math class, but I have experience in doubling up in math. I did it freshman year, and I am currently doing it this year as well.
  • DadTwoGirlsDadTwoGirls Registered User Posts: 2,803 Senior Member
    I think that you should take whichever course you want to take.

    APUSH is a LOT of work if you are not interested in the subject. If you would strongly prefer to take linear algebra then I am guessing that you might be inclined to study STEM fields, for which it would make more sense.

    I have a t-shirt that says "the one with the most guitars wins". This is not actually true of either guitars or AP classes.
  • guineagirl96guineagirl96 Registered User Posts: 3,640 Senior Member
    I agree, take whichever one you want to. Linear algebra is a sophomore-level college math course, so it is just as rigorous, if not more than APUSH.
  • nw2thisnw2this Registered User Posts: 2,395 Senior Member
    I don't think it would make a difference to colleges. I assume you've already had an American History course, since most high schools require it for graduation. If you haven't then take APUSH. APUSH will probably count towards your college gen-ed requirements whereas linear algebra will count towards your major. It might make more sense to get your gen-ed requirements taken care of before you start working on your major.
  • scubadivescubadive Registered User Posts: 587 Member
    If you have taken a number of AP's in hs you generally have too many for gen ed requirements. Take the math class.
  • ucbalumnusucbalumnus Registered User Posts: 63,460 Senior Member
    Is the linear algebra course a college course? If not (i.e. it is a high school course), you may have trouble getting subject credit for it at the college you later attend.
  • Microsoft_NinjaMicrosoft_Ninja Registered User Posts: 89 Junior Member
    It is a high school course, but the college I want to go to offers tests for credit as well (MIT)
  • ucbalumnusucbalumnus Registered User Posts: 63,460 Senior Member
    Since MIT is a reach for everyone, you should check your other possible colleges, including those which you expect to be your affordable safeties.
  • Microsoft_NinjaMicrosoft_Ninja Registered User Posts: 89 Junior Member
    Of course, most of the colleges I'm interested in have exams as well
  • MYOS1634MYOS1634 Registered User Posts: 31,907 Senior Member
    Considering the college you're interested in us history honors + linear algebra sounds like the best choice, since having an advanced background in math (with a post AP math class) will matter more than taking AP classes.
    Make sure to include on the 'brag sheet' you give your GC that you had a schedule conflict that prevented you from taking APUSH and you're good to go.
    What other classes would you take?
  • Microsoft_NinjaMicrosoft_Ninja Registered User Posts: 89 Junior Member
    AP Comp sci, AP lit, AP physics c electricity and magnetism (my school chunks AP Physics C into mechanics and E&M), and other classes (TBD)

    I could push linear to senior year, but I'm not sure I want to.
  • MYOS1634MYOS1634 Registered User Posts: 31,907 Senior Member
    edited November 19
    That's a very good schedule. Make sure you reached level 4 in a foreign language and perhaps an art or "fun class" like culinary arts to show interests and balance.
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