"Few college students take five courses at a time, so it’s perhaps unreasonable to expect a high school student to do the same."
Check out this insightful article about how APs actually work and whether or not APs might be right for your student! This article also hits important points to think about when evaluating APs! Below is a moving except...
"While taking AP classes can demonstrate that students are actively trying to better themselves, pushing themselves beyond what the average student might do, it does not do any favors when they burn out in an attempt to fit everything in."
Here's an article from a college admissions consultant. He reminds us, "As a college admissions counselor, I see parents and students all the time who stress out about every test taken and every hour of community service served. I try to remind them to remember the bigger picture -- that nothing is worth it if a student is miserable." Furthermore, he writes, "I counsel a couple dozen students every year, and in any given year more than half of my students -- affluent, extremely hardworking, probably overstressed students -- have nothing to set them apart. They all serve as the president of at least one major campus organization. They've all volunteered for work abroad trips after sophomore or junior year. They all have perfect SATs, SAT IIs, APs and GPAs, despite all taking every advanced placement class available at their high school or community college." Let’s all remember that, “After all, college admissions is a beginning, not an ending.”
After you've hopefully become a little more informed and guided, check out this perfect summary of the importance of mindfulness and ways to incorporate mindfulness into you AND your children's lives! After all, modeling mindfulness is the number one way to teach the skills to your kiddos!
Here are 7 Things Mindful People Do Differently. It is a great way to start looking at way to incorporate this into your own life!
And as a personal challenge, see if you can't take 5-10 minutes after reading this blog to give yourself space to be mindful!
There is more information on mindfulness under our Good Reads!
Also, if the AP article left you wanting some more information, here are some books that we would suggest -
Beyond Measure: Rescuing an Overscheduled, Overtested, Underestimated Generation
Overloaded and Underprepared: Strategies for Stronger Schools and Healthy, Successful Kids
The Price of Privilege: How Parental Pressure and Material Advantage Are Creating a Generation of Disconnected and Unhappy Kids
Wishing you success!
-Kristi Waidhofer & Katie Bryant