Hi, When I was in high school I took a lot of hard courses and was also involved extra curricular activities with a full 12 seasons of sports, I was also in a couple of clubs. As a result however I was absolutely miserable and hated high school, due to a lack of sleep among other things. All I literally did was study and work out. As a result of taking hard courses I didn't have as high of GPA or class rank as people who didn't. It really was depressing to see people who didn't do any were as much work and studying I did who were in like our top 10 as far as rank. The weighting system at the high school I went to weighted the grades depending on if they were just a regular course, honors course, high honors course, AP course, but it wasn't weighted enough... Any who I was wondering from a career stand point of view if it makes sense to join the honors program at my university. At my university a B is a B no matter what. There's no weighted system for grades. Now an honors course is harder, covers more topics, moves faster, etc. this makes it more difficult to earn the same grade you would of earned in a regular course. As a result one would have a lower GPA by taking a honors course. The only incentive to taking a honors course is that it would show up on my transcript as a honors course next to the course, and that's it. I feel as if the only point in time anyone is going to actually give a darn or even know that I took honors courses at my university is if I were to go to graduate school and was asked for my transcript. Other than that I don't see why I would ever be asked for it, unless I was applying in scholar ships. I learned in high school though that due to the fact that I make up the majority/most represented group of people in the academy there's not really much of a scholarship opportunity for me unless I was like at the top of my class. Sure I could a couple of grand maybe but not much. There were people in my high school who were a couple of class ranks ahead of me who got like a full ride to my university even though I was the better student because I took harder courses and had a lower GPA. They were also female, the parents didn't go to college, etc. So I was wondering what you would say if weather or not I should take honors courses at my university. I may never go to graduate school, although I may once I'm settled into a career for a couple of years and can support myself through school and work at the same time. I may be in my mid 40s by the time this happens though. I guess GPA is asked for every now and then, although I hear from people AGAIN AND AGAIN that GPA doesn't really matter and rarely asked for if you just have a bachelor's of science, but it is still nevertheless asked for every now and then and something that you shouldn't get to low. I have NEVER EVER heard of a employer asking to see a applicants transcript so that way they could see which individual courses you took and what grades you got in which courses. Then and only then would a employer know that I took honors courses. I would have a higher GPA by not taking honors courses, which may be asked for when I apply for jobs. All the merit based titles and whathaveyou at my university are all based on GPA. So like I have a easier time getting on the dean's list etc. because that is based on GPA and wouldn't have to work as hard to get onto that as someone taking honors courses because my courses are easier and it's easier for me to get a higher GPA. So as far as putting like awards and what not on a resume that I got from doing well in school, they are all based off of your GPA. I could probably put more awards, dean's list, etc. by not doing honors courses and having a higher GPA. Basically I really don't see the advantage of taking honors courses at my university and think that it would actually put me at a disadvantage because of a lower GPA. I think this is especially true for someone like me who will not be going to graduate school, at least right away. Even then I wounder if it would even make a difference if I was. Taking all those hard courses and not having much time to socialize with my pears and not really being able to just have fun and enjoy high school, I thought would benefit my future, and I'm uncertain that it has. I can not do that to myself again if it would make absolutely no difference in taking honors courses at my university. There's no way I'm going to take honors courses if it is only going to hurt me and have a lower GPA and there's no real incentive to make up for that. So from a career stand point of view do you think it makes sense to take honors courses at my university. I'm debating weather or not to take them, but don't want to regret it later down the road if there's no real benefit in doing so and as a result actually hurts me because of a lower GPA. thanks.