I’m second-guessing whether I should take AP Calculus AB, regular calculus, or AP Statistics next year (my senior year).
Some background: I took an accelerated math course in 8th grade so that I ended up in Geometry as a 9th grader, Alg2/Trig in 10th grade, and Advanced Precalculus (my school’s second most rigorous precalculus course, after the Honors version) this year. Math is my worst subject, though, and not coincidentally it’s also the one I’m least interested in. A combination of COVID-related setbacks and my own lack of engagement have made me feel like I don’t have enough confidence with some of the algebra and trig fundamentals to keep up.
My school offers AP Calc AB and BC along with a regular Differential Calc course, and my college counselor convinced me to take AB next year, but now I’m wondering whether it might be a better idea to take AP Stats. I’m planning a rigorous course load in the other core subjects, the Stats course at my school has a good reputation, and I’m not planning to apply to any STEM-focused schools or majors. I’m also much more interested in statistics than calculus – so would taking AP Stats be a logical way to build up my math skills for college, or would I be sabotaging myself by not taking AP Calculus?