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Don’t lose focus for a perceived bonus

To the editor:

In response to the story on college credits in high school [Echo Press, March 14, 2014, Page 1], college credit sounds like a great idea to get in high school. I know that my parents were pushing for me to get as many dual-credit and AP classes as I could.

The cloudy part of this that not enough people bring attention to is whether colleges will accept the classes.

I helped out with freshmen orientation at The College of St. Scholastica last summer, and encountered a handful of frustrated students and parents. Not every college will take all of the AP credits or the dual-credit classes that the students have taken. In some cases, it is a matter of not fulfilling the criteria, and others (like at CSS) it was simply just a way to get all students on the same page for upper division classes.

Additionally, there is a downside to being an overachiever: The world isn’t ready for you. I will be graduating in May alongside my peers, and with some overachievers that are set back as a result of their hard work (it’s backwards, I know). It’s difficult to stand out on a maturity level if a student graduated with a bachelor’s degree at 19 is going against that same bachelor’s held by a 23 year old.

Take as many classes of this variety that you would want. It’s great experience and prep for college. Just don’t overdo it. Spend time with friends, play sports, get a job, and don’t lose focus of the high school years for a perceived bonus in the college years.