Are students overloading themselves for nothing?

By Cruz Grover

Students throughout the years have always traditionally taken these heavier course loads, but for what reason? It seems as if these classes are taken solely because they are difficult. Brave seniors and juniors at Beaverton tend to go over the top and push themselves to the max. Others do not.

Students who choose to burden themselves tend to want to excel in college and beyond, and also to enjoy themselves. Senior Keira Johnson talked about this, “I am interested in AP classes, and it prepares you for college. I also want to be challenged and  I think it is very important to be challenged”, she added, “AP classes are also more interesting”.


Johnson pictured above, reading The Visit for AP Lit, one of the many classes she is taking.

“[There is a] factor of college, college prep,” commented Evan Hunter. One of his beliefs is that AP classes are not critical to college but definitely give an advantage.

Johnson is currently taking AP English Literature, AP Calculus BC, AP Environmental Science, and AP Spanish. “AP classes definitely impact college. You get to skip the remedial courses. This way, you can take the enjoyable classes. And it’s free education” She thinks that AP is more challenging than regular classes, but also that it is important to have this challenge.

Though many would not envy Solomon Greenberg’s schedule as a junior, Greenberg hopes that one day it will pay off and he will be accepted into an ivy league school. “I am taking APUSH, AP Lang, Calc BC, Physics II, Tech TA, [and] Jazz Band.” Greenberg is also affiliated with many clubs, such as the Robotics Club at SST and Computer Vision. He also hopes to bring back the programming club to Beaverton and is taking Vector Calculus at PCC.

“I enjoy the challenge, and the motivation of the people in AP classes” stated Josh Bamberger. These courses, while they may seem difficult to take, are not impossible. “I don’t think anyone [class] on its own wouldn’t be that bad but when you put a lot of things it turns into a problem of balancing.”


Many seniors overload themselves with AP classes. Bamberger, pictured above, self-studies AP Physics C in the library.

Other students tend to take an easier schedule. “I chose a bunch of hard classes last year and it was kind of stressing me out, so I decided to go a little easier, [I] just wanna cruise through” commented Joshua Brougham.

The lesson to be learned from seniors who overload themselves is that AP can and will burn you out if you do not tread lightly. So my advice to you, reader, is don’t bite off more than you can chew.

Bamberger pictured above, manages an AP chemistry lab due tomorrow. This is one of his most difficult classes this year. Photos by Kimaia Gassner.

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