This weekend has been stressful. Truthfully, I have had to set aside all college matters to deal with finishing The Once and Future King, a brutally long, beautifully written novel about King Arthur and everything surrounding him. I am doing this for my AP Literature and Composition class, which is a college level senior english class. I haven't even started school and I can already tell how challenging it will be!
This class leads me to my next piece of advice for college: Take AP or honors classes during high school. You will most likely be more prepared to handle the amount of work and reading involved in college. Although these classes are far from easy, they are definitely a learning experience that will take you far from your regular classroom. AP classes usually require summer assignments, and must be submitted on time. There is usually a contract to be signed by you and your parents, and there can be up to 3 hours of extra homework per night. In AP Studio Art, for example, the workload can mean up to eight hours of work outside the classroom. Ouch!
If you can't deal with the stress, or if your schedule is already way too packed, then just make the most out of the classes you currently take. Be sure to talk to your counselor about college; teachers and counselors are always on hand to help. That's their job!
If you are at all interested in my senior schedule, here it is:
AP Literature & Composition
AP Studio Art, 2D
Pre-AP Algebra II
Digital Photography II
Try as hard as possible to take classes centered around your chosen career. I am an aspiring journalist, so I am taking advanced english, journalism, and photography. If you aspire to be in the medical field, be sure to take biology, chemistry, and physics, if possible. If you are yearning to be an architect, take LOTS of math classes, from Algebra I, all the way to Calculus, if possible. Stay on track, but have fun! You will only be in high school once, so try your hardest and don't worry about what everyone else says!