Language and MIT

<p>I am currently in my second year of high school french, and am trying to decide if I should take french again next year. I have about a 4.2 right now and am in all honors classes except french, so with this in mind my question is twofold. First, I would really like to go to MIT and I know they only recommend 2 years language, but would I have a better change with a third year or do you think I would be fine dropping french and instead taking a class more relevant to my interests (right now this would probably be AP stat). Furthermore, since french is not honors, if I dropped it, my GPA would undoubtedly go up. Secondly, I know from what I've looked at that MIT looks more for people who pursue their interests, but there's never any guarantee of getting in to MIT, so do you think dropping french would be a bad move when it comes to other good school or do you think that other school have the same view. I would only add that although I enjoy french as a language, my school's language department is remarkably weak, and I would much rather drop my current french track and pursue my interests. Thanks for any advice.</p>

<p>I can't give you objective advice other than that it's your decision, but I can tell you what I did in the same situation.
I went on with French, and it was my lowest grade junior year, and probably will be my lowest grade this year. I have 5 acceptances (all matches or safeties - I haven't heard back from any other reaches yet) from schools other than MIT, and MIT deferred me. My guess is that the French grade didn't play a large part in any of that, but if I didn't work hard for it, it would have been even lower and it might have gotten me some rejections. I did not, however, have any other class I would have rather taken. I personally don't regret my choice, but it did increase my stress level a lot over the past two years.</p>

<p>EDIT: And I don't think one or two points (on a 100 scale) or tenths of points (on a 4.0 scale) difference in GPA is going to make a big difference, unless rank is important to you. The class that you take will be much more important, as long as you do reasonably well.</p>