New Britain Herald – STUDENT CORNER: Why you should take high school university courses


In recent years, more and more students have taken AP courses. AP, which stands for Advanced Placement, are college-level courses that introduce students to the type of work they will get in college. Classes can be rigorous and difficult, but you should definitely take them.

During my sophomore year of high school, I took two AP courses, AP US History and AP Biology. Even though the classes were tough and I had to do endless hours of homework, it will be worth it in the end as it can help with college applications and can potentially give me college credit.

In May every year, AP exams are held, which are college-level exams on specific subjects. They test students on their knowledge and what they have learned throughout the school year in the AP course they have taken. If they receive a passing grade of 3, 4, or 5, they can potentially earn college credit, which is extremely helpful as it can save you time and money. Some students earned so many credits that they started college in first year or even second year. They also save money because they won’t have to pay for more courses and credits. Keep in mind that college courses are very expensive, usually thousands of dollars.

Not only can AP classes give you college credit, other classes can as well. For example, New Britain High School offers UConn ECE courses, which can potentially give students college credit at UConn. They can then transfer these credits to the college they will attend. This year I am taking AP English Language, AP Calculus, and AP US Government and Politics. AP English Language is also an ECE class, so I will have a better chance of receiving college credit. In order to earn UConn ECE credits, you must meet UConn’s class passing requirements. For example, if I meet the requirements for the UConn ECE English course I am taking, I can earn four college credits, which will help me tremendously in the future.

All in all, students should definitely take college courses in high school as it will save them time and money in their future.

Celine Chreiha is a junior from New Britain High School who has a passion for writing

Posted in New Britain Herald, New Britain on Wednesday September 14th, 2022 11:50 AM. Updated: Wednesday September 14, 2022 11:52.

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