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Dear Johnny: Too many AP Classes?


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Dear Johnny,
I really wanted to take a lot of AP classes because I heard that they will help me skip courses in college. I’m all for that, but 
I think I took too many. I’m always flooded with hours of homework and it’s getting really difficult to keep up with it. My whole schedule is filled with AP classes! I don’t have time to spend with my friends anymore and I feel overwhelmed. What should I do?

-Overwrought Overachiever

 

Overwrought Overachiever,
I know the feeling: you want to be as prepared for college as you can. But everybody is different- some students can take six AP’s and keep afloat, while others are most comfortable with one or two. Before you consider dropping classes, you should try talking to your teachers. They want you to succeed. Tell them that you are stressed with the workload, and they would be more than happy to tutor you and discuss whether or not the class is right for you. Although you may be unsatisfied with your grade, remember that AP classes are top-flight in terms of GPA. A C letter grade in an AP class counts toward your weighted GPA identically as an A in a regular class. Colleges will applaud your initiative in taking college-level classes.

Don’t be disappointed if you do need to cancel some courses; it is great that you tested your limits and tried tackling challenging academia. Although I do not know whether or not you can simply drop AP classes, you should talk to your counselor to see if you can rework your schedule. Spending time with your friends is as important as your academics. Make sure to save time for them even if you are studying hard!

Good luck!

Johnny the Jet

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