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  1. Theyellowfellow

    Theyellowfellow Member

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    I am a high school senior currently taking 3 ap courses: ap literature, ap government, and ap euro. Ap euro is the only problem as it keeps students up all night and everyone struggles to get above 90s in that class. Should I keep it on my schedule in that it looks better having 3 AP's on my schedule or is it better not to focus all on that course and take some ease and spend some time writing nomination essays and such instead?
     
  2. kinnem

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    Find a way to do it all while also doing it excellently. You'll face the same challenge next year... master it now. Just my $0.02 worth.
    And BTW, whenever I type that expression I always wonder whatever happened to the cent symbol. I researched it tonight and it appears to have disappeared with the typewriter. Too bad. It always had a certain cachet for me.
     
  3. Theyellowfellow

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    I don't understand can you please expand, and what does the money mean?
     
  4. Dixieland

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    West Point wants to see that you took the most challenging courses your school has to offer that you can make an A or B in. And I must say, staying up all night working on homework sounds like what plebes experience their first semester. You do not want West Point to think you are taking it easy your senior year.....your Plan B colleges don't want to see that either.
     
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    Good lord! It's an old expression that evidently went out with the typewriter too. It means my opinion is worth 2 cents, if that.

    By facing the same challenges next year I mean that you'll have a very heavy and challenging course load at the academy while also having a zillion other things to accomplish as well. You can wait until next year to learn how to manage that challenge or you can do it now by continuing with your current courses and also doing an excellent job of your nomination application(s).
     
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  6. Theyellowfellow

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    Point well damn proven, but yet again I feel like you guys are ignoring the fact that I should also be focusing mostly on my college essays and nomination essays.
     
  7. Dixieland

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    Oh.....sorry. I was just making suggestions based on how my son got into West Point---taking the hardest classes he could and challenging himself so he would be ready for his plebe year......he's a West Point graduate now.

    But your plan of easing up your senior year and focusing on essays is interesting too.
     
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    Hey, it's always your decision. It's not like we can make you do something. We only provide perspectives to consider.
     
  9. payitforward

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    Option or alt or opt/alt/shift $-sign. 2¢
     
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    Actually it seems to be software dependent. I have one combination that work sin Notepad but doesn't work here in my browser. Oh well. Thanks Though!
     
  11. MammaMia

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    No one is ignoring that - what everyone wants you to understand is that once you are at West Point, you will have no choice but to get it all done. You should do your best in the toughest classes you can take AND demonstrate that you are able to meet the academic challenge while also meeting your other responsibilities - college applications, work, sports. The intense juggling act starts NOW.
     
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    DS only had 5 total AP classes. He is currently a youngster. Our region in California isn't one of the more competitive regions. His AP classes were 2 math, chem, physics, and 1 Lit class. My understanding is it is better to get an A in a non AP class than a B in AP. Don't know how true that is. I would think if your load is too great and it is preventing you from extra curricular activities that the SA expects on your resume it might hurt more than it helps. Just my thoughts.
     
  13. Dixieland

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    From the Admissions page on West Point's website:

    • Continue to perform your personal best in high school academics, athletics and extracurricular activities.
    • Earn A’s and B’s in the toughest courses you can take.
    • Do well in calculus, trigonometry and physics.
    • Excel on the athletic field.
    • Become a leader in student government, clubs or other organizations.
     
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    With hard work you can make it. I'm a senior now, but junior year I took ap euro and I started with a D then I applied myself and got an A and never looked back, finishing with an A for the year.
     
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