Originally Posted by CaryacadrunnerXC
That's always a tricky decision, and every administrator i've talked to/heard from has responded to "would you rather me take a hard class and get a B or an easy class and get an A" by saying "we want you to take the hard class and get the A." Talk to people in the AP english class and see how big of a time commitment it is and what sort of assignments they do, then make a judgement call from there. If you have a tough schedule otherwise, as it sounds you will, then don't worry about it and take the easier english class - as long as you do well, they won't hold it against you. AP spanish and AP world history would both be enough to prove you're well rounded.
as far as taking college classes, I don't know what you've heard, but they love you challenging yourself, and they will probably take a class from a college pretty seriously. however, don't expect ivies to accept the transfer credit. a lot of them already don't accept too much in the way of AP credit, because their classes are MUCH more rigorous than most high school classes. For this same reason, they usually won't take your transfer credit from other colleges (they don't want you to get most of your education at community college, then slap their brand name on your resume after only a year or two of work). if you can, though, take the classes - it will really help to get used to college level work, especially if you can take it at a pretty reputable college.
That work sounds more than perfect. Take pictures of your best models and print screen shots from your walk through. you're allowed and should include group work - make sure to highlight what you did, and even mention other people's roles to give an idea of the scope of the project. By showing you can work in a group, you will show the interviewer that you are already years ahead of most incoming freshmen. the biggest thing is make sure that you can show some depth in your knowledge of the design (why you chose to make things the way the way they are, what the goals were) so when you talk about them you know what to highlight and don't sound like an idiot saying "and here are some renderings I did in autodesk inventor for a competition... and yea... here they are." as funny as that sounds, it happens way too often when people aren't used to presenting (it happened to me at my first job when i had to present an analysis i did at a department meeting, and I wrote the program and collected most of the data i used, so I knew all about it, just couldn't highlight it well).
Okay, my b on the double/
Do you think AP world holds more value than say AP government? Also I'm gonna try to learn the computer stuff and hopefully have my school order the AP test for me even though there is no class for it. I think that will show that I am capable of handling things on my own.
As for making a portfolio, and presenting; that should go very well. My sister is an architecture major right now and her portfolio was legit so she could always help me.
And I will look into the post secondary further, and do you think it would look better on an app than a regular (easier) english class? English was probably the only one I wanted to do, but again ill see how the year go.
Im doing a little more research, and while ivies are good for computer science (back me up on this?) they aren't good for engineering with the exception of cornell. I know I would not like Georgia tech, but should I look at schools like carnegie mellon or even Stanford? What private schools should I check out in addition to the public "big 10" ones I am going to look at? And should I look at any more public ones?
Thanks very much for your help