DS is taking French 3 this year as a HS sophomore. He plans to study mechanical engineering in college and has recently learned that the universities to which he will be applying have engineering partnerships that collaborate with manufacturers in the German auto industry. He has been informed by the HS guidance office that colleges tend to look most favorably on students who take 4 or 5 years of the same foreign language in HS. However, he sees potential benefits to switching and taking 2 yrs of German. On the one hand, he realizes he has to impress the college admissions office sufficiently so that they review the rest of his application and he can get into engineering school in the first place (not an easy task in our area). On the other hand, he'd prefer to switch and take German. Any thoughts or advice? He has FT work for the summers so does not feel that he can take German outside of the HS classroom setting.