A Series of Unfortunate Events…in AP Classes


Jordyn Larsen, Journalist

   Homework. Project. Test. Repeat. This is the daily life of a typical AP student. As bewildering as it sounds, this process hones a collegial skill set, so why not start early in high school?

  For those who do not know, AP stands for advanced placement. These pre-college classes are designed to provide young adults with preliminary knowledge for their upcoming years in college.

  Students with raw talent and an above-average skill set in specific academic subjects are chosen by the teachers to engage in avid debates concerning topics beyond average high school education. Junior Karley Broadhead, an AP Language student says, “Already, [AP English] has improved my writing and I’ve learned to write a lot of information in a short amount of time and space.”

  Of course, the requirements of any AP class is never to be taken lightly; there is a summer assignment that must be completed or else the student will not qualify for that given AP class. However, some teachers are more merciful than others and will allow a student to complete their assignment with a longer amount of time.

  Most AP classes are notorious for having excessive amounts of homework, although they are not  difficult, just very time consuming. “In all of my AP classes, I have at least 45 minutes to an hours worth of homework,” says Emanuel Ribero, a junior AP language student. Even though homework takes up most of a student’s time at home, it also allows for less time for them to poke their noses into trouble during their free time.

  Despite the fact that every AP class is focused on a specific academic topic, each class is a college prep course. All students are expected to behave in ways out of the ordinary, such as knowing what to do without the teacher’s consent and using black and blue pens only. But hey, at least they will not enroll in a college and arrive clueless on the first day.

  Anyone who thinks students in AP have it easy are crazy; however, anyone who thinks they do have fun are 100% correct. In these classes, the students are allowed to openly argue and debate on topics only referenced to official documents. After all, who wouldn’t pass up the opportunity to voice their full opinions in the middle of class with the teacher’s full consent?

  AP is offered to all juniors and seniors, with an exception of a few freshman, fully displaying every students’ full potential in high school. AP freshman Shailynn Winters said, “It’s challenging but enjoyable, because the teachers ask a lot but for good reasons.”  For anyone who thinks these advanced college prep courses are meant for the upperclassmen, think again.

  From a teacher’s perspective, AP may seem like even more work not necessarily because of the excessive amounts of homework, but because of the excessive amounts of thinking while grading the student’s assignments, essays, and projects. “The most challenging thing about being an AP teacher is finding a happy medium in your curriculum but also keeping in mind that I’m dealing with high school students with less maturity than a college student,” says Mr. Larssen, a junior and senior AP teacher. AP helps students mature educationally and intellectually, but the students are still somewhat childish and have not grown into full adults yet because they still use the word “lit” in their vocabulary and pick fights over third-grade level name-calling.

  So, many may wonder, how does an AP class in high school affect a person’s college application and future career? Well, of course, it piques the interests of college officials and even though it may be more typing or writing, it includes a lot more academic information about the student themselves. Also, it looks really good to most parents and makes them want provide them with more college loans right out of their pockets.

  AP can be inspiring as well as completely terrifying for those in their first year. Students planning on attending a college should think of it as a taste of real life at the university of their dreams. So, instead of fear and dismay try on a look of enthusiasm and excitement; it’s really not as bad as it seems. You never know; you could learn a thing or two.