By Deborah Oh
One of the first questions students get asked at the beginning of the school year is "How many AP's are you taking?" Although this question is more common among juniors than freshmen, AP classes transcend grade levels and find their way into many schedules. Many La Cañada High School students take at least one college-level AP class that, whether for the challenge, the college credit, or to boost their GPAs. So, what does the number of AP classes you're taking say about you?
0: You are the normal student. You’re taking the same classes as pretty much every other student in your grade, so you can be satisfied with your schedule.
1+: Congratulations on being a wunderkind! You are both motivated and intelligent. It's almost impossible to take an AP class in freshman year, so congrats on cheating the system!
0: Not taking any AP classes is still fairly common in sophomore year. Don't worry, because about half of your classmates still haven't taken the leap yet.
1: Welcome to AP European History! The standard AP class for sophomore year. This subject is at once one of the most difficult and most entertaining APs at LCHS. Once you've persevered your way through this class, you are guaranteed survival in almost all future AP classes.
2+: If you're taking any other AP classes, you are part of the minority. As with the freshmen actually taking an AP class, you are highly motivated and hard-working, so you deserve recognition.
0-2: You're taking it easy this year and don't feel the need to take on more than you can handle. Rather than spending all day stressing over derivatives and the Declaration of Independence, you prefer to focus on other non-academic priorities.
3-4: You’re taking academic risks while still keeping sight of other obligations. You’re successfully juggling a difficult schedule and other activities due to your superior time management skills. Even though you aren’t maxing out on AP classes, you still maintain a high academic level.
5-6: School has become your life. You most likely spend the majority of your time after school studying and doing homework. Your hard work will be rewarded, but you will have to sacrifice some free time and extracurriculars. Although academics are important, you should really try to get some sleep and take it easy.
0-1: As in the true senior spirit, you’re taking the last year of high school easy and focusing on college, resting, and basking in senioritis. Taking some actually enjoyable classes like Culinary Arts or Photography is the perfect way to spend the ultimate months of your high school career.
2-3: Even though it is your last year, you still want to challenge yourself academically. You still think there is something to be proven to colleges and to yourself, and your ambition will bring you success.
4+: Why are you still loading yourself with AP classes? As a senior, the more appropriate way to spend your time would be writing your personal statement, watching Youtube videos, and pigging out, but you’ve chosen to study. While your hard work is commendable, you should really give yourself a break and have some fun, too.
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