Free Period

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  1. ZebraDonkey

    ZebraDonkey Member

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    Does taking a free period my senior year look bad to admissions?
    I am scheduled to take:
    AP English
    AP Economics / AP Government
    Pre-calculus
    AJROTC
    Physics
    Free period

    Thoughts?
     
  2. usna1985

    usna1985 USNA Alumnus

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    Most seniors take 5 courses. What about a language? Or history? Or some other course that interests you.
     
  3. ca2midwestmom

    ca2midwestmom Member

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    It's not that it necessarily looks bad, but what else could you (or should you) be taking instead? You could take another science or math class, or even history. How about being a lab/teacher assistant for chemistry or physics? You should be taking the hardest possible classes your school offers. If these are the hardest classes, then a free period (to study for the harder AP classes) should be ok. JMPO
     
  4. grevar

    grevar CGA Admissions Partner

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    DS had a free period his entire senior year and he DID receive an Appointment.
     
  5. mista

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    My DS has a free period his entire senior year as well. The classes he is taking are:
    AP Environmental Science
    AP English
    Engineering
    MV Calculus
    AP Physics C (Double period)
    Free period

    I would guess that it matters more what classes you have taken throughout high school than if you had one free period senior year. Just my opinion.
     
  6. usna1985

    usna1985 USNA Alumnus

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    IMO, it's not that a free period is deadly; it's the courses one takes and whether the free period could be put to better use.

    IMO, the OP's schedule is a bit "soft" for USNA purposes. Pre-calc vs. calculus and not AP. Government/Economics vs. history (understanding the OP's course may be state mandated) or an advanced language. Physics is not AP. ROTC is not a "core course," and thus doesn't carry the same weight from USNA's perspective as a course in math, science, English, history, etc.

    Given the above, I would recommend the OP take another course vs. the free period. That said, it would be better to get all As in the courses listed with the free period than to add a course and drop to Bs and Cs.

    If the OP's overall record is very strong across the board, the free period probably won't matter. However, if the OP ends up "on the bubble" for an appointment, as many candidates do, the current plan could hurt a bit as compared to other applicants who are taking 5 "tough" courses.
     

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