By Katie Flack
Every student has goals and passions and to accomplish these dreams means putting in some extra work. In the case of Junior Tinna Liu, this involves taking on not one, but five Advanced Placement (AP) classes for the purpose of one day becoming a computer scientist.
Last year, Liu took AP World History, which helped her to prepare for her increased workload this year. Currently, she is enrolled in AP Physics, AP Chemistry, AP Computer Science, AP English Language and AP Calculus A/B. If that was not impressive enough, she possesses A’s in each of these classes as well. She said, “[My classes are going] good so far. . .I usually, like, try my best to spend time at school doing homework, like, more efficiently.” Liu explained that in addition to fulfilling her dream, she wanted to take AP classes in order to improve her grade point average (GPA), as receiving a grade in an AP class counts as a letter grade higher when factored into one’s GPA. Furthermore, the benefits of AP are clear when one takes into account the possibility of receiving college credit from the AP exam at the end of second semester. However, the rewards cannot be gained without a price. Liu mentioned, “[AP is] more stressful than other classes and you have more homework than in other classes.” Moreover, students cannot find every subject that they study to be simple. Liu stated, “I think AP Lang [AP English Language is the hardest] because I'm more in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math] field and AP Lang is the only thing I'm taking that's not in the STEM field.” During the times where the workload is becoming too difficult, Liu is able to rely on help from friends and teachers so that she is able to succeed.
With the surplus of work, it can become difficult for Liu and others like her to balance life and school. She stated, “I’ll try to finish schoolwork, like, as fast as possible and whatever time is left, I'll spend that for [free time in] life.” As she progresses in her high school career, she hopes to be accepted into top universities and her successes with her AP classes are helping her get there. “[AP classes] can prepare me better for college,” Liu asserted. On top of that, her impressive SAT score of 1540 along with her community service hours gained through clubs on campus are sure to be helpful in guiding her to her ideal schools and later, to her dream career. For students who are interested in following the example of students like Liu and taking on a large AP workload, she suggested, “I think they [students] should try to take AP classes that are related to the fields of their study in college.”
Considering Liu’s impressive feats, it is not hard to believe that she has a bright future ahead of her. With three more semesters of high school to go, Liu’s academic successes will only continue to grow in number.