Spanish 4 vs Debate/Conditioning

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  1. Naval Architect Wannabe

    Naval Architect Wannabe Member

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    In determining my senior classes, I'm having a hard time deciding what would be more beneficial for my elective block. I would prefer to take debate for my fourth year (a semester long class), and then finish with conditioning to continue in my getting ready physically for the Academy if I get in. However, I know Spanish 4 is considered a rigorous class, and it would look better if I finished out a four year program of foreign language classes instead of stopping at Spanish 3. Also, I was the state runner-up in debate this year so that is another factor to consider. I would love any advice you all have.
     
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    As I read your post I thought, "Go the with the one you really enjoy the most." Is it really possible that one has to choose between a fourth year of a Foreign Language and Debate? Do both if you can. At my DS's school debate was an after school project like football.

    I think most 99% of humanity would suggest Debate, given your history and they would probably be right, for the purpose of getting into any competitive school like USNA.

    I am myopic. I believe that foreign language study is important. (This has nothing to do with world peace and appreciating other cultures.) Learning a foreign language forces the student to think of different ways to frame concepts and ideas. It's not unlike studying higher math. From a purely practical standpoint, the rest of the world assumes Americans don't know other languages and they are correct. When you as an US Naval Officer or a corporate suit address a foreigner in his own language, you will put that person back on his heels faster than you can say Jack Robinson.
     
  3. usna1985

    usna1985 USNA Alumnus

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    The real question is what are your other courses? If they are English, calc, physics and history, it really doesn't matter what you take for a fifth course. If you aren't taking (or haven't already taken) those at an honors/AP level, that is your first priority.
     
  4. Naval Architect Wannabe

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    So if I'm taking AP Literature, AP Calculus, AP European History, and Physics (my school only offers normal physics), it shouldn't make a huge difference whether I take debate or Spanish 4? Also, in reference to cb7893, I unfortunately cannot take both due to the scheduling demands of the school.
     
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    usna1985 USNA Alumnus

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    You should be ok with either with your planned schedule. I would give a slight nod to Spanish 4 but either would be acceptable.
     
  6. Naval Architect Wannabe

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    Thank you for the advice, it has made my decision easier.
     
  7. payitforward

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    Take Spanish 4, take the Spanish AP test, score a 5 on it.
     

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