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New Admissions Policy Hits Home with AP Student at Ike

YAKIMA, Wa -  In between an intense discussion about classic literature, Jose Vasquez's AP English class took a few minutes to talk about the University of Washington's new admissions policy.  

"It's nerve racking," says Vasquez, a senior at Eisenhower High School.  He says that the school is one of his top choices.  Now he's hoping that a decision to drop calculus this fall won't hurt his chances to get in.

"I spoke with them about it, "says Vasquez, "And I feel comfortable."

But now usually isn't a problem for seniors, it's the spring when "senior-itis" can set in.

"They think they take can challenging classes and then drop them," says Jerry Gibbons, a college guidance counselor at Ike of some seniors.

Gibbons says parents need to keep a close eye on their teens, even after they are admitted into a college.  For example, are they still coming home with homework.  He says the workload doesn't get lighter in the spring.

Vasquez is confident he'll be able to stay on the straight and narrow.

"For me it's more about learning."