Student body divided by AP and college prep courses
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"An AP and College Prep. text book comparison"
February 21, 2013 • Chelsea DeBoef, Staff Writer
Filed under Viewpoints
Some would say that Advanced Placement students try too hard, or maybe that they are too smart compared to college prep students. Others would say that regular students are just too lazy to try AP classes.
Both statements could be true, but it all depends on who you ask. AP students have their views on regular students and vice versa.
“I think the students who only take regular classes are scared to face the commitments that are needed in AP classes. They are smart enough, but are just too lazy to try and put effort in the class” senior, and AP student, Vivianne Tabuena said.
Sometimes even the smartest non-AP students feel that they cannot pass an AP class no matter how hard they work, so they decide not to take it.
“It all depends on the student. I know some non-AP students that work harder than AP students,” senior Brandon Cuellar quoted.
A lot of these students taking AP classes could be the smartest people, but that does not always mean that they are the hardest workers either. This rule applies for college prep course students also. They could be just as smart, but they do not have to take an AP course class to prove it.
“For me personally, I think students who take AP classes are just harder workers, not necessarily more smart” senior Jackie Haldy said.
With all of these voiced opinions, students tend to be very stereotypical about each other. It is very natural to be that way, but we need to put ourselves into the other person’s shoes.
“AP classes take up a lot of a person’s down-time, and it’s just not worth it for everybody. As long as the classes somebody has are interesting to them and they actually learn, then I feel that they made the right choice for themselves” junior Nina Escueta said.
Taking AP classes does not determine how smart we all are, so we should measure each other equally. We all have different reasons of why we took AP classes or not, so in the end, we should not be too quick to judge each other.