Lately, I just really have been sleeping late and have been pushing homework further and further back...

The first thing to do is make sure you get enough sleep. This is by far the most important step to doing well on tests, getting your homework done, and avoiding procrastination. If you are still doing work at midnight, take a shower and just go to bed. You're not going to be productive if you're sleep-deprived so there's no reason to keep trying past midnight. 

 

I also recommend making a schedule for yourself -- outline an approximate time that each portion of work will take, and figure out a work schedule (with built-in 10-15 minute breaks every 1.5-2 hours to keep you on track). It can also be helpful to study with a tutor, who you can get access to at https://stuyarista.org. 

 

If you're looking for more serious emotional help, you can always talk to your guidance counselor or Angel Colon, head of the SPARK department. His office can be found in room 726. 

Posted on May 17, 2017 .

How hard is it to request a second term of comp sci second semester?

It really depends on the year -- I, for instance, only signed up for one term of CS but ended up loving it and requested a second. However, it could be different this year, since there seems to be a new rule in place making CS harder to drop first term. That being said, it's usually possible, but if you think you might want two terms, better to sign up for them now.

Posted on May 17, 2017 .

Is it possible to not take any electives soph and junior year? Will I be able to fulfill my 1 year science of electives requirement through science APs during senior year?

There are plenty of senior non-AP science electives, so you don't need to take electives before then if you don't want to. Additionally, AP Physics and Chemistry don't require pre-reqs other than the regents class itself, so if you do well in those classes you can take the AP course as an elective. You will be guaranteed spots in electives senior year if you haven't fulfilled your graduation requirement, so don't worry about that too much -- just take what you can handle and what you're interested in!

Posted on May 16, 2017 .

I received no AP classes for junior year and there's all these people ashamed that they got 3 instead of their requested 4 APs. Should I be worried? Is there a way I can get into an AP class?

You can go to the AP of the department if you want to be placed into an AP. For example, Ms. Suri is very accommodating when it comes to placing people in AP Social Studies classes. But it's totally okay to not take AP's, so don't worry too much if you aren't able to get into one. You'll have more chances senior year! But yeah, go to the APs of the departments if you want to get placed in.

Posted on May 15, 2017 .

Is Neurobiology hard? Is there a place where I can see which each elective class is about? Are we allowed to chose different PE classes and English for sophomore year?"

I've never taken neurobiology, but I've heard it's a significant amount of work, but worth it if you put in the work.

You can see course descriptions on the Stuy website under Academics (stuy.edu). 

English and PE requests should come out soon, if they haven't already. Your English choices are two terms of European Literature or one term of European Literature and one of Classical Literature.

Posted on May 15, 2017 .

My orchestra is traveling to Italy this august for a week but it is on the same day as Camp stuy part II.

That's totally fine -- the school will send out an email detailing what you missed (namely, purchasing lockers and gym attire and hanging out with your homeroom). While it's definitely easier to adjust into high school (both socially and organizationally) if you go to CSII, it's by no means required, and a lot of people have conflicts and can't go, so don't worry too much! Enjoy your trip!

Posted on May 6, 2017 .

What is the typical senior schedule? (usually how many frees)

It really depends on how many electives you take and what requirements you already filled. You're required to take at least 6 classes (plus P.E.), but a lot of people max out at that. Some organize their class schedule so that they have 7th P.E. (or a free every other day), 8th lunch, and 9th and 10th free -- they can leave at like 12:30 every other day. Others really want to take senior electives like NYC History, which is taught at the end of the day. It really depends on your own personal preference. In general, I'd say seniors have one free and lunch (and a P.E. free every other day).

Posted on May 6, 2017 .

Do we need to make an impression on the GC? Like remind them that we exist?

It's probably best to go to your guidance counselor sometimes, just to chat and check in. Ask questions, tell them about yourself, and basically be as friendly as you can. You don't have to, but since guidance counselors write your recommendations for college, those recs will probably be stronger if you give them more to say.

Posted on May 6, 2017 .