I'm a junior in high school who goes to an IB (International Baccalaureate) school in the US. I also have been taking enough community college classes to graduate with an AA in Computer Science before finishing high school and I believe that any damage dropping out of the program would be completely nullified by a full associate's degree. In addition to this, I am currently a software engineer (part-time) and I think that I wouldn't have enough time to manage all three things in my senior year with the EE, CAS Project, and 2 extra classes I would have to take as a full diploma student.
Is it a good idea to continue with an IB Certificate, SWE position, and Associates Degree in lieu of staying on the IB Full Diploma possibly having to sacrifice completing the degree and/or staying in my software engineering position in my senior year.
IMPORTANT FACTOR: I intend to go to UC Berkeley as my #1 choice so a fairly selective but not ultra-selective school. I don't really want to go to a private school. I am attending a California community college which gets me guaranteed 1:1 transfer of credits to any UC school. That's why the main point of contention I'm facing is that I might not be able to complete the degree and/or stay on as a software engineer (which is extremely highly viewed by companies and likely also by schools) if I stay in the IB Diploma vs dropping to the IB Certificate.
Thanks in advance!