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Should I take APUSH?

ccdipp13ccdipp13 3 replies1 threads New Member
edited January 14 in High School Life
I'm a Freshman going into my Sophomore year and I am worried about what I should take next year. So far this year I am taking: Algebra 1, Honors Biology, U.S History 1, Spanish 2, English 1, Art Experience, and Technology and Engineering Foundations. I have a 3.9 uw GPA.

So far for next year I am taking:
Algebra 2
Geometry 1
Honors Chemistry
Spanish 3
English 2
Journalism 1.

And I was thinking about taking APUSH, but I heard it was one of the hardest AP classes so I am not sure if I should take it or not. In regular history right now I have an A but I'm not sure how well I would do in APUSH.

ThanKS!
edited January 14
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  • fleeingdaysfleeingdays 11 replies0 threads New Member
    If history is your passion or if you plan to major in something related to history or social sciences or even the humanities when/if you go to college then you definitely should take it. I personally got an A in the class and a 5 on the exam when I took it a long time ago (not trying to brag) and it was one of my favorite classes (history is a subject I am passionate about). The class is hard but very doable if you love history or are good at memorization and writing.
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  • XtremeBlaze777XtremeBlaze777 115 replies14 threads Junior Member
    Based on your course load, you should be able to. It will be hard and require work though (though it depends on your school). Also, Geometry and A2 in the same year?
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  • RichInPittRichInPitt 1612 replies25 threads Senior Member
    Does your school have World History? Our school has that as the first AP course, as a pre-requisite to APUSH, as it’s a bit easier.

    You say you’re in regular history - is there an honors history you’re not taking? I suggested asking your current teacher, who should be a good judge of your capabilities.
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  • TS0104TS0104 1031 replies28 threads Senior Member
    How do you feel like you do in History, and do you like it? I've also heard it's one of the hardest high school classes (not counting super high level maths). My D struggled, my son breezed through, they always had similar grades but S liked History and I think that was the difference.

    Honors Chem is a hard one too I think! Nice job on your grades so far!
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  • momofsenior1momofsenior1 8281 replies70 threads Senior Member
    My D's APUSH course had a ton of writing but she loved it and got so much out of the class. I know she would recommend but it probably depends on your teacher. Can you talk to others at your school that have already taken the class?
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  • ccdipp13ccdipp13 3 replies1 threads New Member
    I have talked to my sister's friend who has taken the class and she said it was a pretty easy class for her, and that it wasn't as much writing as she thought it would be. Thanks!
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  • ccdipp13ccdipp13 3 replies1 threads New Member
    edited January 15
    Yeah, at my school you take APUSH and then AP World, which is a bit weird from other schools.

    There is an Honors U.S History that I could have taken, but I didn't take it because I was afraid of ruining my GPA (which is a bad fear ik).
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  • ccdipp13ccdipp13 3 replies1 threads New Member
    I am looking into going into Journalism, hence why I am trying out Journalism 1, and why I thought I needed to take more History/other Humanities courses.
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  • koalasareextinctkoalasareextinct 1 replies0 threads New Member
    I would take APUSH if you're really into history and writing. Part of the exam requires you to write a DBQ, or an essay based on sources, and the course itself will have writing in it. I'm currently taking it and the workload is manageable (it just has a lot of reading homework), but I would totally recommend.
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  • XtremeBlaze777XtremeBlaze777 115 replies14 threads Junior Member
    ccdipp13 wrote: »
    There is an Honors U.S History that I could have taken, but I didn't take it because I was afraid of ruining my GPA (which is a bad fear ik).
    The honors boost to the GPA prob would have balanced it out anyway. I, like you, only took one honors course in freshman year and it severely crippled my weighted GPA and is biting me in the back with college admissions. The worst part is, I didn't even have to put in that much effort for As so I easily had the time that could have been devoted towards honors classes had I taken them.
    ccdipp13 wrote: »
    I am looking into going into Journalism, hence why I am trying out Journalism 1, and why I thought I needed to take more History/other Humanities courses.
    Then why two math courses in the same year? It is very interesting that you have the option to do that though, generally one is a prereq for the other.
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