Next year, I’ll be in the IB Program, and I can’t decide whether I should take theatre or chemistry. For some context, I am currently in AP Chemistry (and doing well), and the major I am interested in is related to science. Along with science, I am also passionate about the arts, and play the flute outside of school. I took a drama class last year, and I really had fun. I am also top in my class, and will take 4 HLs if that helps.
My pros for IB Chem are that I’d get more experience in the sciences, particularly with labs, research, and reports, to prepare me for college, I do enjoy chemistry, and it would make my interest for science (my main passion) more apparent to colleges. The cons are that I already took IB Chem last year, so I would already have the credit and would know a lot of the information already, I would most likely have less time for extracurriculars that I care about, and I would have no “fun” courses, since all of my classes would be from main subjects.
The pros for IB Theatre are that I would most likely have more fun, would get a break from my other classes, improve my acting skills, most likely have more time for extracurriculars, would be able to continue to pursue my passion for the performing arts during the school day next year, and could potentially continue to act during college. The downsides are that I would have less time for science classes, and my transcript could seem less rigorous or less impressive.
Two things I’d like to add at the end are that I have already taken 4 science classes in total, 2 were APs, and I will be taking IB Bio next year and the year after for sure. Also, I will be taking the full IB program + 1 AP next year. My last concern is that I will not have enough core classes my senior year. During my senior year, if I take theatre, I will be taking only 4 “main” classes (5 if you count TOK), and 3 classes from other subjects. In particular, these classes are AP Psych, AP Art, and IB Theatre. Will this look bad to prestigious universities like the ivys or UCs?
If anyone has information about either of these classes, or knows more about the view that prestigious universities have on classes, the arts, or anything else related to this thread, please let me know.
I know that this decision ultimately needs to be mine, but I am very conflicted and looking for feedback to help me decide this. Thank you.