Taking college classes early

Maggie Coleman, Staff Writer

High school is hard enough as it is. Tests, extracurriculars, athletics, and having a social life are difficult to manage. However in some aspects, it’s also easier. Not being on your own and having additional help from your parents makes high school the ideal place to get a head start on college classes. Getting college credit early also saves money in the long run. You won’t have as many classes to take in college, which allows you to focus on your degree-specific classes and not having to worry about getting your basics out of the way. In addition, you can choose from AP or Dual classes in high school, while in college you just have to take the given class. It’s definitely challenging, but you will thank yourself in the long run. As a high school student myself, I took many AP classes and will have almost a full semester of classes taken care of before I even start attending college. Dual and AP are both good options. The only difference is the way credit is given. In AP classes you must pass the AP test at the end of the year to receive credit. In dual classes as long as you pass the class at the end of the year you receive the college credit. Overall, I would highly recommend planning ahead and taking the hard classes now that way you can be less stressed later. Another positive of taking higher-level classes is you are more prepared for standardized testing like the SAT and ACT! I can’t speak for everyone, but I felt like taking AP classes was a great way to prepare for the ACT without taking a lot of specific ACT preparation classes. Overall, there are positives and negatives to every decision but in this case, I feel the positives definitely outweigh the negatives. If you want to plan for your future, take some college classes early!