Wooda, Cooda, Shooda: Wood Tech Class in 10th Grade Vs. AP Physics?
If I have a timber business that is situated in my own college’s timber store, would it look better to take Wood Tech — a class offered only at my college for your region — or take AP Physics 1 being a sophomore? We intend to connect with college as being a STEM major. FYI, I only have one elective writings papers but plan to do Running Start during junior-senior years.
Your lumber business will allow you to stand out from the crowd at admission-decision time, but — at numerous universities (especially the extremely selective people) — it will likely be seen more as an extracurricular endeavor than being an academic one. In order to be a solid applicant to STEM programs, you need to simply take a minumum of one physics class (at a lower price selective programs) or no less than two (for the pickier places) based on what’s offered by your school that is high and the school where you are going to just take your dual-enrollment (Running Start) courses. To be contender at the hyper-competitive colleges (e.g., MIT, CalTech, Ivies, Stanford and their ilk), you should submit AP exam scores and/or topic Test scores in physics … even where not required.
BUT … it doesn’t mean that you have to provide the wood tech class up next year. In the event that you’ll be merely a sophomore, you need to have enough time to later fit in physics on. Until you’re about to affect very selective colleges and yet will have trouble squeezing much more than one physics course you have to skip the wood tech class that seems to interest you now if you don’t start in 10th grade, then ‘The Dean’ sees no reason why. Continue reading