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Crazy Stressed - March 12th 2012, 11:50 PM

So I go to a college prep school. As of my sophomore year I had a 3.17 unweighted GPA, but last semester (1st semester jr year) i got a 4.0 there's a lot of stress on me right now because my parents are threatening me if i don't get another 4.0. I just got accepted into a program at Boston University, and i want to be excited about it but I'm too stressed to be. Over the last week I've had five dreams about failing class and when i wake up it is not much better. I'm doing badly in my AP class so whether i'm awake or asleep i'm failing that class, but i have A's in every other class. The average grade in my AP class is a low B high C and i have a 77. If my parents find out they'll be beyond angry. SO... yeah lot's of stress. I was hoping someone may have advise on what to do i spend nearly 4 or 5 hours on my AP homework every night and that's without Facebook and twitter and tumblr and all that. Otherwise does anyone have any tips for how to relax?
   
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Re: Crazy Stressed - March 13th 2012, 02:21 AM

You're so worried about "failing" according to your parents' standards, but you've already been accepted into a program at Boston University... which is GREAT! Congratulations! =D

Ultimately, getting a 4.0 two semesters in a row won't determine how successful you are. The universities you apply for are going to care about your GPA, but they're also going to care about extra-curriculars and your overall value/potential as a college student. Boston University already sees something in you, so there is no reason to believe that other universities won't as well.

It's not the end of the world if you get a B-/C+ in this one AP class (which is weighted anyway, right?). Your parents are acting like it is, but their focus is too narrow... or perhaps they're looking too far ahead into the future. Ultimately, they just want you to be successful, so if they get frustrated over a "non-A" grade, I'd try to explain that you understand their fears, but that it's going to be okay.





   
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