Does taking your own language look good for college?

<p>I'm currently taking Japanese as my foreign language. I have signed up for Chinese(2nd year) for my junior year because my parents want me to improve my writing since I know how to speak it already. It would be my sixth major so I would either get into Chinese or AP Stat. However since I am Chinese I'm wondering if Chinese or AP Stat would look better for college. My parents told me that since China is becoming possibly the best economy in the world it would look better. Any thoughts on this? Thanks.</p>

<p>are you a chinese citizen?
if so, no.</p>

<p>it's pretty much a given that you know chinese if you are a chinese citizen so colleges won't be impressed.
if you are an american citizen or any other country, by all means go for it.</p>

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<p>My only thought is, EPIC! I think your parents are trolling. :P</p>

<p>Do not take Chinese if any of the following apply:</p>

<p>(1) You are a citizen in any Chinese-speaking country.
(2) You intended to list it as a language in which you are proficient.
(3) You speak Chinese at home.</p>

<p>In all of those circumstances, it will make you look extremely lazy.</p>

<p>If none of those apply, feel free to take it.</p>

<p>@RedSeven
wait, are you sure? I heard of #1 many times but never #2/3.
I'm going to take the Korean SATII and I am going to list myself as being proficient in Korean and I speak Korean at home.
However, I worked hard to become fluent at Korean. I know many other Korean-Americans (and even 1.5 gen's who came over any time before 3rd grade) who are terrible at Korean or can't speak it at all. The reason I became good at it is because I studied Korean, immersed myself in Korean books, media, culture, etc., and have many friends who are studying abroad from Korea.</p>

<p>I'm an ethnic Korean born and raised in America for 18 years.
Also, as far as I know, pretty much 95+% of all Korean SATII takers are people just like me. (I even know several 1.5 gen's who took the Korean SATII -_-)</p>

<p>No. Colleges like to see you become more diverse. Put it this way they are going to pick up your application and say "okay so this student speaks his native language at home and take it in school? Is he truly taking the most rigorous ciriculum he can by doing so?" they know you have a slight edge in it. Sure maybe in school the class may be hard for you but granted these are impressions adcoms are given, and thats how they render a decision. When it come down to it, it could hurt you.
Let's say you have 2100, another chinese native speaking has a 2100 also. However, they know Chinese, but in school they decided to take french It would show that, that student is open to other cultures and wants to become more worldly, expanding outside his or her own culture. And it would show they know three languages.</p>

<p>Also keep in mind with consistency. Colleges like to see a constituent language over four years</p>

<p>Colleges won't pry to see how well you speak chinese or any language for that matter. They spend about 10 minutes reviewing your app and this is very minor. However, if you are very similar with another applicant with your ethnicity, it could hurt you.</p>

<p>I really don't see it killing you either way. I don't think they're going to say "Wow, AP Chinese? This really invalidates everything else they have accomplished".</p>

<p>Im going to take IB Spanish junior and senior year because it's my native language and I want to improve my writing in it. I've never taken Spanish before and there's nothing wrong with that. Why would I seem lazy? For wanting to improve the language of where I come from? I don't think so.</p>