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“A learning experience that feeds the mind and soul”

By Kaley Consford/J-Line Writer ~

Tap, tap, tap, tap tap, tap is all you hear as nervous students drum their pencils on their desks, wipe their sweaty palms on their jeans, and gnaw at their already chewed down fingernails.

These are AP students subjected to the stress of preparing for college.

Stress is a common factor when students introduce themselves to the college lifestyle. The massive amount of work required and the expectations raised can often cause college students to be unsuccessful. This is why numerous schools offer more advanced and rigorous courses known as Advanced Placement, or AP, which help students prepare better for the future.

The opportunity to be better prepared for college, and to reduce the stress for students has been shown to be beneficial. According to the  New York Times, the emotional health of college freshmen who felt stressed by the pressures of high school has declined to the lowest level since in 25 years.

Ashley LaFleur, an Atascocita High School senior who takes three AP Dual classes, is one of the many students who believe that college preparation classes are extremely advantageous.

“Even though my classes are hard and take up all of my free time, I feel like they’re better preparing me for college, and that I have a good understanding of what is expected of me,” said LaFleur.

More and more students are already starting to plan ahead at a young age in order to ensure that their future in college will be successful. According to the University of California at Santa Barbara, nine out of every 10 U.S. high school sophomores intend to pursue post-secondary education.

Mallory Everett, an AHS freshman who plans to take AP next year, is one of the students trying to prepare themselves for the future of college.

“It’s really hard to think about college already,” said Everett. “But in reality it’s really close, which makes every student really competitive.”

The competition to be accepted to college and the requirements needed to be considered for admission has created renewed reasons for most sophomores to take AP classes.

“I chose to take World Humanities, which includes Pre-AP English and AP History, so that it would challenge me, and help me face and adapt to the struggles there will be in college,” said Everett

AHS teacher Sharon Finley, who teaches AP-Dual Credit English Literature and Composition, knows firsthand the qualities that students must have to succeed in an AP-Dual Credit class, and what the consequences are if students are not prepared.

“Only students who are willing to work should take an AP/dual credit class,” said Finley. “The classes are rigorous and do require time and effort; students unwilling to commit the required time and effort will be unhappy, frustrated, and stressed.” 

AP classes help increase the chance of having a successful college career in the future, said Finley.

“I hope my students feel that every day is a learning experience that feeds the mind and soul,” said Finley, “I hope my students are better thinkers, better students, and better people for our time and it is a privilege to work with AP/dual credit students.  I know it, and I never forget it.”

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