<p>Next year will be my senior year, and I have 9 different classes (some are both activities and classes, like Band and Student Council) that I want to take, but I only have 7 slots in my schedule (I can maybe squeak in 8 slots). The problem is, I like them all, but I have to drop a few of them in order to make my schedule work. Can you give me some thoughts, especially with relation to how certain choices may affect my college admissions?</p>
<p>My four core classes are set in stone: there's no not doing those.</p>
<p>That gives me three slots left in my scheduling, but five things I want to do.
Marching Band/Band--I have done this for three years already and have played French horn for seven years (8 at the end of this year). But it is sooo time consuming and tiring. And it really is the thing I am least passionate about on my list (though I still like it and would have a chance at being a marching band section leader next year).
College-Level Philosophy Seminar--One of my teachers from sophomore year came forward to just seven students and asked if us if we would like to do a college-level, discussion style philosophy seminar with him next year. He chose us since we were the most active and intelligent students in his class last year, and he is an amazing teacher. The seminar would be college-level and college-style (i.e. grade based on a few larger writing assignments), and it sounds immensely fun to me. I would love, love love to do this, but it is in direct conflict with band. On one hand, I would love this more than band, but on the other, would quitting band after three years be seen as a lack of commitment?
Independent Study Foreign Language--I will have gotten through German 4 by the end of this school year, and my school doesn't offer German 5. Will it be okay to the most selective schools to stop at German 4 if my school does not offer past it? Or should I really be trying to take an independent study in German 5?
Student Council--I've done this for all the years of high school and would have a serious shot at being Student Body President next year. I would like to do this next year, but it takes up a class period. At the same time, I've gotten involved in citywide and statewide youth councils and hold leadership positions there, so Student Council is by no means the biggest thing I am doing.
Debate Captain--Yes, this takes up a class period, but I am the strongest member on my team and my coach loves me to death (and would love me even more if I were debate captain next year). And I absolutely love speech and debate to death. It is my favorite extracurricular activity that I do.</p>