|what i do know is that "gifted" class stuff is a joke. ive done stuff like that and im no smarter for it, but maybe thats just me. dont stress over AP's and stuff in highschool, just do what you can handle and have fun in HS.
I wouldn't say they are a joke. The point of these classes, in my opinion and from my experience, is not really to "make you any smarter" so much as to provide exposure an an outlet for credit. If you can handle the courses and the opportunity is there, why not go for it? I'm not any "smarter" by taking all AP/IB courses my soph, junior and senior year of HS, but it looks great on a resume for college scholarships (i got full rides to 5 different top tier engineering schools). My intellectual gain (*wink) was that i duked it out in HS so college really didn't seem any different. I consider the effect to be better preparedness versus "making me smarter."
|Basically, now I can focus on taking my engineering classes and not have to worry about taking random English classes. This is where AP credit really shines.
This is the point of AP/IB. For me, it helped me be ready for whatever kind of demanding (or not demanding) course I encountered in college. Plus, I used my AP/IB credits to get out of english, humanities, history, and art. Then I could load up on the engineering courses without being overwhelmed. Plus, I didn't write any real papers in 5 years of college until I wrote my Master's Thesis because I didn't have to take those kinds of classes. Also, getting out of gen ed classes means open slots on your schedule which can lead to more flexibility in the order you take classes. Chances are, if you are any kind of science major, your schedule will be pretty much laid out for you for 4 years. But a few open slots gives room to breathe. Case in point, I didn't finish early, but when my senior year came, I had no general ed courses to fit in my schedule, so i had room to take graduate courses and still only take 12 credits (min to be full time). 2 grad classes your senior of undergrad IS 1 semester of grad school, even though 2 undergraduate classes IS not 1 semester of undergraduate school.
As for the original issue, if you really like the 9300, while its probably more then you need, if you are going to use it for more then just schoolwork (especially games), then go for it. Just make sure to get a decent backpack with plenty of shoulder and back padding and a waist belt. That belt really helps take a lot of the stress off your back and shoulders. Plus, if you are going to be looking at the screen for a long time, you might appreciate the bigger screen. You could get a more mobile alternative, but you'll sacrifice screen size and performance when it comes to gaming.
I know my post is long, sorry :0 I just feel strong about AP/IB. Its definitely crap but its an opportunity so why pass it up?