Here's is my long winded response on AP's it's gonna largely mesh with kjeezy's
If you can handle the workload in AP's and still keep your grades up, take them. Schools want to see you taking the most challenging schedules possible. At the same time it will likely pad your GPA.
Depending on the school you want AP credit varies. Regular state U will take every AP class for credit and will often take threes. Advanced schools will want 4 or 5's but will take jsut about all classes. The elite schools will only take 4s or 5s (mostly only fives) and only in the hard AP classes, such as the science and language courses. I think Hopkins only offers AP credit in like 8 APs. Duke will only let you bring in credit from one course.
For whatever reason, most all schools seem to accept Econ and Stat for credit, I feel like they are auxillery courses or whatever, so its not as big of a deal. Both are chill and just conceptual classes. Gov is just a cool class if you have a decent teacher.
Really, myself and all the people I have classes with have decided we won't transfer any AP credit in our major. Even if you are at the top in High School, i want to make sure I'm on the same page as everyone else in my courses, because the AP curriculum is very standardized and likely leaves out portions.
Basically the verdict is take the AP's if you will be interested in the course. Colleges love to see them and you'll learn better skills. Quite frankly my AP's are the only one's that even interest me because honors courses are so slow and have so much "busy" work they become mind numbing.
When you roll around senior year you'll figure out what tests you actually need to take. For me, if I get into my first choice I'll take 1 test, cause they only accept that one. If I don't, I'll be taking 4 or 5 tests.
Take all of the exams junior year though.
I don't want to create a really political discussion here on LTP, but god dang it is frustrating.
I didn't apply to UNC-Chapel hill because well its too big for me. That being said, I'd wager 150 of my classmates applied early and got their decisions today. I jokingly call it Doomsday 09.
Anyhow, UNC's admissions are very standarized. Each county and HS can only have X number of students. My High School is prety much the #1 high school in terms of students at Chapel Hill, and for anyone not familiar with it, its the #2 public school in the country behind UVA.
So this admissions has shown me what I would coin "the death of the white male." I have talked to 20 some people that have gotten in, zero white males, in fact I know 6 white males that have been rejected or deferred. (I'm sure the count will be much more extreme tomorrow) Several of them have superior SAT's and GPA, compared to a number of people that have gotten in. ALong with a superior resume to boot. The only thing that anyone can see holding them out is their demographic.
It's kind of sad when you can't even control your own destiny it seems. At a school your paying for no less.
Frustrating to see if anything, as I find myself in this demographic and I await 6 decisions to come around April 1st.
Lifted Max effort Upper Monday
Got 175lbs x 4 reps, felt terribly weak on it.
Wide swiss bar 95lbs x 3x10
Medicine ball circuit outside.
I had baseball at school earrlier that day. hit the heck out of the ball during BP. My time of baseball stuff for the day totaled 4 hours.
Took Tuesday off. I had the opportutunity of a lifetime I couldn't miss. One of my good friends has connections to the Florida state athletic department.
This was my seat next to two of my best friends:
Scrimmaged, i played crappy. but for as little as I've actually done game type stuff, not that bad.
0-1 with a deep sac fly and an RBI.
Pitched terribly, rung up a couple kids, but I walked a ton, although I gave up a hit on a swinging bunt and my 2nd baseman kicked a ball, so I don't know how it really could have went.
Basically I wasn't finishing and I was slightly open. Gotta fix things.
I can't say I was throwing any different from my old ways either.
did lower body but I was so weak that I couldn't do jumps that I get with ease. My force absorptions were terrible, could barely handle 24"
I'm contemplating dropping down to 3 lifting sessions in favor of more skills focus.
I mean really, I wasn't "mound ready" but still, it was frustrating to not just dominate.
A lot of work stands to be done here. I can't let up now.
The momentum has to stay positive. It's not even a decision.