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#93007 - moarpotatos (09/02/2013) [-]
Ok, so my GPA is a 3.2 weighted...which yeah, I know is really bad... I want to go to a school like University of Virginia or Chapel Hill, but I have no idea how to bring it up. I'm going into my sophomore year, and I tried really hard during my freshman. I know I can try harder, but I don't know if I have the ability to really bring my GPA up.   
I am involved in a lot of extracurriculars if that means anything.   
   
Anyway, where do I have to be? Is it even reasonable for me to expect to get into a good school? And if I do well in my sophomore and junior years and my cumulative GPA is still bad but I make a lot of improvement, will that mean anything?   
   
I've been extremely stressed out for a few months now over this and I go back to school in a few days. I would be extremely appreciative of any advice.
Ok, so my GPA is a 3.2 weighted...which yeah, I know is really bad... I want to go to a school like University of Virginia or Chapel Hill, but I have no idea how to bring it up. I'm going into my sophomore year, and I tried really hard during my freshman. I know I can try harder, but I don't know if I have the ability to really bring my GPA up.
I am involved in a lot of extracurriculars if that means anything.

Anyway, where do I have to be? Is it even reasonable for me to expect to get into a good school? And if I do well in my sophomore and junior years and my cumulative GPA is still bad but I make a lot of improvement, will that mean anything?

I've been extremely stressed out for a few months now over this and I go back to school in a few days. I would be extremely appreciative of any advice.
User avatar #93115 to #93007 - advicedude (09/02/2013) [-]
Dude you have so much time to improve. Plus Junior-Senior is more important. Just take AP classes, go to the library more often to do work, study for tests, ask teachers for help and you should be good. Don't sweat it bro. And even if you don't get to go to college there, there are SSOOO many options that are just as qualified but maybe not as high ranked in colleges. State University, or Harvard, you can learn virtually the same material if the professor is good enough.
User avatar #93187 to #93115 - moarpotatos (09/02/2013) [-]
Good advice... I want to take an AP class but I have to have like a 97 or above to get into one...
User avatar #93188 to #93187 - advicedude (09/02/2013) [-]
If you really want it, talk to your teachers and see what you can do to get in.
User avatar #93194 to #93188 - moarpotatos (09/02/2013) [-]
I'm actually on pretty good terms with my teachers but my worst classes, Latin and History, are the only ones I could get into AP next year. I'm really good at Chemistry but you need about a near perfect grade to get into AP physics.

I will talk to my teachers though. I actually never put that much thought into doing that. Thank you!
User avatar #93211 to #93194 - advicedude (09/02/2013) [-]
Honors are good too!
User avatar #93017 to #93007 - thisistheguy (09/02/2013) [-]
Don't give up with a GPA like that, an upward trend is the same if not better than a consistent 3.5-4.0. It's not that hard to get grades like that in high school if you set aside time and effort to achieve it. I started with a 2.8 and finished with a 4.3.
User avatar #93050 to #93017 - moarpotatos (09/02/2013) [-]
Alright, thanks!
User avatar #93016 to #93007 - averagewhitekid ONLINE (09/02/2013) [-]
Nigga I'm a junior and I barely got a 3.7
You got a whole extra year than me to bring it way up compared to mine. Literally my unweighted is like 2.8 because I got like 3 D's and a butt load of C's sophomore year. If you can do better than that, you are golden.
I mean, I'm early graduating this year, so I can't be that bad off. And you're slightly behind my GPA, while a whole year back.
Trust me, you have plenty of time. Get A's and B's. At worst get C's. Try to stay away from D's if you can, but it won't absolutely destroy you.
Take a few Honors or AP classes (Only take one if you really think you can handle the AP work. Sometimes it can be a lot more than you expect, especially if you take more than one AP)
Oh, and assuming you are taking Algebra 2 this year, you should be ready to take the SAT by the end of the year. It won't hurt you if you do bad, and it will help you if you do good. Probably will set you back $50, I don't know how much it is in Virginia. Almost all the math is Algebra 2, and the rest is like English vocab, grammar, and some of that basic shit.
User avatar #93049 to #93016 - moarpotatos (09/02/2013) [-]
Thank you!
User avatar #93051 to #93049 - averagewhitekid ONLINE (09/02/2013) [-]
Anytime ♥
User avatar #93008 to #93007 - goodcheese (09/02/2013) [-]
sometimes they prefer a kid who had some bad grades early in their high school career and then got their act together, it shows that you're willing to work hard and schools want to admit people who won't drop out.because turnover rates are a large part of what makes what is considered to be a successful university also schools look a lot at extra-curricular activities and volunteer work because they believe it translates into you being a positive force at the school. also when you do your admissions essays they, don't really care too much about the content, they don't want a sob story or anything like that they just want to see that you can write well and form coherent thoughts as well as articulate them clearly. don't stress, just put in a lot of work and have a well-rounded high school experience. if they see that they'll probably like you
User avatar #93029 to #93008 - cycloneclone (09/02/2013) [-]
Really?
User avatar #93012 to #93008 - moarpotatos (09/02/2013) [-]
Thanks, I appreciate your advice
User avatar #93018 to #93012 - articulate ONLINE (09/02/2013) [-]
well fuck you too then. not my fault i didn't read the paragraph i was mentioned in.
#93026 to #93018 - alphashell (09/02/2013) [-]
Quit fishing for attention and shut the fuck up.
User avatar #93011 to #93008 - articulate ONLINE (09/02/2013) [-]
tl;dr
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