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Screed up in highschool, can I still get there?

Chris1327Chris1327 Posts: 13Registered User New Member
Please excuse the Minor spelling errors, and grammatical problems. I'm sending this on my phone.

I'm really smart, I can do many things that a lot of people can't figure out, I never use pencil and paper and I can read faster then most people in my class and retain information. I live in Texas and have scored perfect, if not, a little less then on my state tests every year.

The problem its I didn't see the point in passing the first time when I could take the class online in a week at longest and still get the credit, so my gpa is sitting a little under a two on the four point scale.

I want to be a lawyer, or a shrink. But I don't have the grades, I moved a few months ago and i'm making straight a's now, my mentality has changed.

I know i'm smart enough to get where I want to, but I've made some bad decisions, do what can I do?

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Replies to: Screed up in highschool, can I still get there?

  • PapertownPapertown Posts: 150Registered User Junior Member
    How far along are you in high school? You might have to retake classes before you're able to graduate, depending on what's required.

    If your GPA is so low that you can't get into college, go to community college for a couple of years, earn good grades, and transfer to a four-year school. You're capable of turning things around, and it sounds like you've already started to. The good news is that you're in the position to earn a good college GPA, which is what is going to count when applying to law school or graduate programs. At least you've learned from your mistakes and can move forward. Your goals are still achievable.
  • Marie96Marie96 Posts: 222Registered User Junior Member
    GPA isn't everything. One person I saw got into Harvard with an extremely low GPA, yet everything else was spectacular. Many colleges will take into consideration a highschool's GPA system. Some scales are harsh, others are not. Just pick up your grades, get some EC's in there, and if you can, enroll in a few Dual Enrollment courses at a local college or a community college. You can do it! :)
  • JournierJournier Posts: 127Registered User Junior Member
    If your SAT I, ACT, and SAT II scores are very high and you can get high scores on several AP tests, that will help. Then you need to prove your mettle in extracurriculars which could include a research experience or other activity that helps build academic skills and demonstrates your abilities.

    I hate to say this, but the Texas state tests are a pretty low bar to pass. I am not saying that your good scores are not a positive. But, don't count on those scores to substitute for the ones I listed above. Further, the Texas state tests can yield unhelpful results. If you summarize something with big words and it doesn't all fit in the little box, they will mark you down saying that you aren't good at summarizing. In other words, there are ways that the results can be deceptive. So, good for you, but do much more.

    Have you taken the PSAT yet? If so, what did you get on it?
  • AJ08820AJ08820 Posts: 1Registered User New Member
    Hello, I got the same situation. Currently I am in 9th grade and my gap is 1.7 too low. I am playing freshman baseball and football in JP Stevens highschool, NJ and due to the sports I could nt give time to my studies. I wonder will I be able to get admission in engineering college or aviation college that is my dream. Can you guys suggest me how can I make up my gpa during this summer and if there is any online schools offering courses that I can take during the summer. Should I quit sports in 10th grade and totally focus on gpa? I am very good at sports too.
  • GeekMom63GeekMom63 Posts: 1,957Registered User Senior Member
    Community colleges are wonderful, and perfect for what you need. Sure, it's possible to go to the other schools, but CCs are not a bad choice. You can get a stellar GPA, spend comparatively little money, and transfer to a university after two years.

    You can't make up a bad GPA in the classes you can take over summer, but you can improve your GPA over the next few years. If you can't devote enough time to both sports and studies, you need to pick which one gets the greater share of your attention.

    Good luck!
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