Hey everyone! I am a high school junior (year 11) in the US. Oxford is definitely one of my top choices for university. I really want to do PPE, but am starting to consider History and Politics. Econ is interesting to me, but the math might be somewhat problematic. I am capable of doing well in math but it does not come easily to me and is certainly not my favorite thing in the world. Realistically I would probably drop Econ after the first year. What math is required? (I have no idea what A or AS level math means.) I am planning on taking AP Economics next year, would this be equivalent to A level economics? I also plan on taking Political Philosophy and doing lots of reading on my own for the PS/interview stage of the application. I would be beyond excited to be offered the chance to read PPE at Oxford, but since it is so competitive should I just go with History and Politics? I have taken basic philosophy courses and have enjoyed them immensely and done well, but from what people are saying Philosophy is sounding like hardcore logic rather than an exploration of philosophical concepts. Is my impression wrong?
I don't have any standardized test scores yet but can definitely get over a 32 on the ACT and should have scores in the high 700s for the SAT Lit, US History, and French (might also take world history). APs would be English language, English lit, Econ, US History, and possibly US government (some of these would be taken at the end of senior year so I would only have "predicted" grades). I I were to go the History and Politics route I would probably not take AP Economics and do AP European History instead. Still might do both but that would make for one hell of a senior year. Favorite colleges as of right now are st. johns, trinity, balliol, magdalen, and new. Any "inside information" or opinions on any of these would be greatly appreciated. Okay I've basically written a novel at this point so I'll shut up and say thanks in advance to anyone who answers/thanks to all who have posted before this.