AP classes: most of us are bound to take at least one in our high-school career. Some of us will even discover the thrill of getting fives on all of the AP exams our sophomore year. A few of us will discover the rush of elation and sheer happiness that accompanies the great success. Most of us will be naive enough to think, “Hey, I’m smart, why don’t I sign up for 6 AP classes next year? It’ll be fun! All the cool (smart) kids are doing it!”
That was pretty much the thought process that filled my mind last year. Fortunately, I decided to drop two of them from my schedule before the summer. That still left me with four AP’s, which I discovered was enough to drown me in homework time and time again. Here are some things that you should know when you consider signing up for multiple AP courses at once:
1. No more time for procrastination
As somebody who’s spent much of their high school career putting things off to the last minute and then somehow miraculously pulling everything off to get A’s, I can tell you that it’s a different experience with so many APs. I have about 3-5 hours of homework every night – a factor that meshes quite poorly with the numerous clubs I participate in. It’s become nearly impossible to find time to go to the gym and TV is almost out of the question. One procrastination-induced screw-up can result in having to pull an all-nighter (it’s midnight and I still have to do about 37 precalculus problems and read a chapter of APUSH, how “fun”). So next time you decide to put off your homework for another “5 minutes” to watch Vanoss or Pewdiepie on youtube (if you do like/watch Pewdiepie you may want to consult a physician for this serious disorder) or to debate whether the clearly black and blue dress is really white and gold, you should think about the repercussions of your wasted time.
2. No more time for texting (or Snapchatting)
Although it can be fun to text and snapchat your friends throughout the day, it becomes impossible when attempting to thrive in a work-intensive environment such as that of an AP class. I broke this rule earlier in the year and started texting and snapchatting ONE person. By the time that was finally done, my grades had already slipped across the board (they’re better now, don’t worry loyal readers). It’s a hard fact to face, but sometimes you just have to ignore your friends and stay focused on getting work done, unless you’re willing to risk your success for the continuance of a trivial conversation, that is.
3. You might want to cut back on the number of clubs you join
This one seems rather obvious, but to the over-ambitious student who thinks he or she can do it all, this is an invaluable tip.
4. Even one sick day can put you hours behind
5. You might have trouble continuing your favorite sports
Sometimes five hours of homework just doesn’t work with a three hour practice. If you decide to play your sport of choice while taking these strenuous courses, you may find yourself with your back against the wall trying desperately to juggle the overwhelming task at hand.
6. Sleep is for the weak, not the week
It is very difficult to get a good night’s sleep in today’s environment as is. Adding sports, activities, and the hefty workload of numerous AP courses will yield precious little time for America’s favorite pastime – sleeping.
Don’t get me wrong, it can be done. Success can be found when endeavoring to succeed in numerous AP courses, and rather easily, too. One must merely be willing to give it their best effort and go “all in” with their devotion to success. For me, this has meant giving up TV and almost all relaxation time… but it has, personally, yielded good results.
Thanks FHS for actually reading this, I know I wouldn’t have the time to.