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Are AP’s For You?

By: Bella Egress

Wonder wonder, I reap what I sow; I know what I know, but that just isn't enough. Why do I need to question my decisions, actions, and emotions? The way we students have to challenge ourselves daily is intense. But why? Why are we forced to be our best selves? Why is the switch from a middle schooler to a high schooler drastic? Everything is so rushed and needs to be urgent. Teachers really put a lot of pressure on their students, so we can be better. Although it's a lot of pressure, we must find a healthy balance. As course selection has crossed our paths, many freshmen are recommended to take AP classes. But is that right? Should we take such a rigorous class? After being a freshman, I have realized that everyone has their own path. Don't let AP exams determine what you want to do after high school. Although it's tempting to take the hardest class, it may not be the best. Some are meant for AP classes, but are you? No matter who you are, it's important to have a balanced life. Sports, clubs, and school can be a lot to handle. So, taking the right classes can make your life a little easier.


During course selection, most teachers look at your grade and make a decision based on that. But honestly, there is more to it. Mental health and extracurricular activities are just as important. The pressure we put on ourselves can determine our high school experience. When taking an extremely hard class, there is a lot that goes into getting an A. Studying and homework can be a lot to handle, especially when taking seven other classes. Stress is what determines our future. AP is just a name, and everyone has their own difficulties. Someone else's AP could be your easiest class or maybe even your hardest. It’s all that works for you. It's so easy to get caught up in the competition. Your friends' decisions about taking rigorous classes or not can influence yours. But again, everyone has their own path. No matter what your friends or teachers recommend, APs are just one option. So remember, taking a hard class is not for everyone. Put yourself first, and the rest will fall into place.

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