STUDENT Spotlight
Yuri Chia, AP Scholar

Student Spotlight is a regularly-updated feature that highlights Baltimore County Public Schools students involved in a wide range of activities and programs. In this Student Spotlight, Yuri Chia, a graduating senior at Towson High School, discusses his involvement with Advanced Placement (AP) scholars. , (To see more student spotlights, click here.)

Student SpotlightWhat is Advanced Placement (AP)?
AP offers college-level curricula and examinations to high school students. Colleges and universities grant placement and course credit to those who obtain high scores on AP exams.

When did you begin taking AP classes?
I began taking APs in Grade 9 with U.S. Government & Politics.

Why did you begin taking AP classes?
I began taking APs because I wanted to challenge myself with college-level classes.

What AP classes have you taken?
I have taken US Government & Politics, World History, United States History, Human Geography, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Chinese 5, Chinese 6, English Language, English Literature, Physics B, Environmental Science, Calculus AB, Calculus BC and Statistics. That's 15 APs, thanks to Towson High School!

What qualified you for AP Scholar with Honor distinction?
I scored 3 or higher on at least 4 AP tests and averaged at least 3.25 score before this year's.

What are the most challenging parts of being an AP Scholar?
The most challenging parts are handling the workload of all the courses and balancing homework time with extracurricular activities.

What are the most rewarding parts of being an AP Scholar?
The most rewarding part is gaining an idea of the rigors of a college education and even college credit.

What are your college and/or career goals?
My goals are graduate school for engineering, law school or medical school.

How has being an AP Scholar prepared you for college and/or your career?
It gave me an idea of the rigors of a college education. I earned college credits, which might allow me to graduate earlier.

What advice do you have for other aspiring AP Scholars?
My advice is to work hard and effectively utilize all resources - computers, books and teachers.

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