Schedule Dilemma...this or that?

<p>I will be a junior next year. I’m having a spot of trouble deciding what my classes should be next year, due the fact that my academic adviser verges on ‘incompetent’.</p>

<p>Our school only allows 6 classes, 7 maximum with a 0 period. The following are what I am taking for sure.</p>

<li>AP Calc BC</li>
<li>AP Chem</li>
<li>AP Spanish IV</li>
<li>AP US History</li>
<li>AP Lit (or was it comp…I don’t remember )</li>
<li>Yearbook/Newspaper</li>
</ol>

<p>I am debating about these options for my 7th class.</p>

<p>a.) Impact Leadership (mentoring program) half semester/ PE second semester
b.) PE first semester/ ROP class in Law(Regional Occupation Program)*
c.) AP Psych or AP Art History (makes no difference to me)</p>

<p>IMPACT leadership is a class that oversees all the freshmen mentors at our school, approx 200 people. 28 people attend the impact class, planning, organizing, and creating activities to be done in two week intervals. I was an exception in being the only sophomore admitted this year in to the program, but I’m not sure if I should continue to participate my junior year. There are 4 executive Impact leaders that preside over everyone else, and I’m hoping to be on in my senior year (as only seniors are the only ones that can be execs) by increasing my chances with being in that class junior year.</p>

<p>I’m not too sure about ROP classes. If I take one in Law Enforcement, I’m hoping I can show colleges that I’ve been interested in law since high school. However, it is merely an elective (albeit a very strenuous one) that detracts from my GPA…</p>

<p>I need your opinions and expertise!</p>

<p>Either A or C. A has the potential leadership position, and C will give a higher GPA. I'm leaning a bit to A because your course load would be easier, and you'd have more time for ECs. </p>

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If I take one in Law Enforcement, I'm hoping I can show colleges that I've been interested in law since high school.

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There are many other ways to show interest in a subject other than taking a class.</p>

<p>I would take AP Psych. It's probably the easiest AP class, and I find the material interresting. Are you sure you can handle that course load? What math are you planning on taking after calc BC? Don't you have to include a period for the AP chem lab? At least at my school, we have to take a research lab with the AP chem class. The junior AP english is comp btw.</p>

<p>Not much of a dilemma... :)</p>

<p>Overload much? 5 AP classes as a Junior and a possible 6th... I'd watch out not to sink myself under that weight. </p>

<p>Taking ROP won't "show" colleges you're interested in law... Undergrad is just a stepping stone for law school and it won't really make an impact. Also, your interests may change. I also wanted to do law as a sophomore but now the very thought disgusts me... it might not be the best idea to plan ahead for the next decade of your life... I'd do the Freshman mentoring thing. It sounds interesting.</p>

<p>Maybe you should just pick what you want to do...</p>

<p>I think A. - I'd kill to have that option at my school, but it's an idea probably either unheard of or not needed at my school. AP Psych and AP Art History is stuff seniors usually take to cool down, but remain competitive during college applications. Also, ROP classes are very inflexible when it comes to time commitment, unlike the coursework for your other 6 classes. If you have a local community college nearby, you can take (if it counts) credited courses for Law Enforcement for a more flexible outside interest - I know that our local CC does.</p>

<p>Is that PE class required?</p>

<p>If so, take A or B, and I'm leaning towards A. It's always best (in my opinion) to get your required classes out of the way while you have the time.</p>

<p>I don't think it's even worthwhile to consider AP Art History, especially not with APUSH on the same table. APUSH will give you more than enough reading, and passing AP Psych could lead you to more interesting options in college than passing AP Art History (assuming your not planning on majoring in anything art related).</p>

<p>AP Psych, however, is a very light class, with a lot of easy, simple reading. I took it my junior year as well, but it's a good class for your senior year (what, with wanting to slack and all =P). If you can read and memorize facts, you can pass that exam with at least a 3.</p>

<p>Don't overdue yourself, now. ;)</p>

<p>Thanks everyone.</p>

<p>I am toying with the AP Psych idea. Although it's in very high demand at our school (senior priority), I'm hoping that it will be available for me.</p>

<p>I think that if I take IMPACT next year, it will take up two years instead of one. I want to be an Exec, a position only offered in senior year. If I take it next year, then I'll HAVE to take it in senior year, when my classes will still be full. That pushes out another AP class. </p>

<p>I really hope this works out.. I have a bunch of other activities too.</p>

<p>I'm the founder of this organization called "Teens Leading Communities" that sponsors students from poverty-stricken areas, develops teen leadership skills, and covers community service. I also have nhs, academic decathlon, Mock trial, and MUN...the latter two of which I adore. So next year is going to be suuuuuper relaxed for me ;) </p>

<p>Thanks so much to all of your wonderful suggestions. I really wish I could have all your experiences in choosing classes...So what is the easiest AP class at your school?</p>

<p>Take what you think you'll like best. If it were me, I'd take AP Art History because art history is simply awesome.</p>