Not a UGA student, but I'll chime in. You have a lot of things going for you. It's not only about GPA, especially since you did not shy away from taking hard classes and showed some grit coming back from your first attempt at AP Calc AB. The fact that you seem to have a clear vision of where you're trying to go and have already made steps to get there with internships is also impressive. Hopefully you were able to reinforce some of those themes in your application and essays or some of your recommenders were able to do that for you. No point in worrying now. You've done all you can do. Try to relax a little and enjoy your last semester of high school a bit! Good Luck!
I went to FSU. While there, it was voted the #1 party school in the nation. In my experience, the people who fared the worst in that environment were the ones who had been very sheltered, who had no prior experience with partying and then went wild once away from over-controlling parents or communities. They hadn't yet learned how to navigate a drinking scene (how and when to say no, when to head home and get some sleep, how to make sure you stay with your group and everyone gets home safely, etc.) and were thrown right into the deep end to learn how to swim. I knew two preacher's daughters who partied every night and flunked out after one year.
I had a great time at FSU, including being in a sorority, without doing very much drinking at all.
Also, I'm an attorney who has worked at BigLaw, and I have seen no correlation between being a successful attorney and being a "big partier." Most of the time, BigLaw is working too hard to do much partying. Having good social skills -- being able to make small talk, being charming, seeming confident -- will definitely help. Rainmakers do their smoozing over dinners or games of golf with in-house counsel. The closest thing to a "party" they go to is a charity ball or a very civilized dinner party. Frankly, most of the drinking I see in the legal world is done alone (to manage stress) and is very unhealthy.
No, I don't think it will reflect negatively. You should answer in a way that feels natural to you. A little sincerity among all those goofy haikus might be a breath of fresh air for the application reader. Don't second guess your instincts.
My son is applying to both as safety schools. As @MotherOfDragons suggests, they are where the in-state Georgia students go when they can't get into UGA or Tech. That's not to say they are bad schools. My son has several friends at GCSU right now who were good students at his competitive high school and love it there. When they want football, they road trip to Athens for the game. The campus is pretty, but small and is split into a main campus with beautiful old buildings and quads and a new west campus a mile or so away with a nice wellness center and spanking new dorms.
GA Southern has a rep as a party school and it is not considered particularly rigorous academically, although they have an honors program that can shelter better students a bit. They have also been investing money in GA Southern to expand the campus and draw a better caliber of student. Right now, most affluent B+ students with an SAT over 1200 are heading out of state to places like Clemson, Auburn, and Elon. I'm sure both GA Southern and GCSU would like to capture more of those GA students and keep them in-state.
The admission stats and graduation rate at GCSU are better than GA Southern's, so if you're considering one, I'd go for GCSU.
Perhaps this is too small, but we visited UNC Asheville and I loved it. They are very outdoorsy, the campus is beautiful and the academics are quite good.
Would others agree that a student with ADHD discuss their condition in their college essay? I'm interested in this as my son, a senior in high school, has ADHD. Like eandesmom's son, mine does not like to take his medication. We can prevail on him to do so only on days when he has a big test in school. He's very bright, but suffers from all the executive function deficits that are typical with ADHD -- disorganized, hears about half of what the teacher says in class, forgets deadlines, forgets to put his name on homework, etc. As a result, while he got a 1390 (out of 1600) on his SAT test, he has only a 3.6 weighted GPA. We're having a hard time finding "match schools" because of the disparity between his grades and test score. We can't decide whether to shoot for the schools that match his test score and try to explain the ADHD hit to his GPA using the essay or the application. On some level, I worry that the admissions counselors may view it as "making excuses" for what looks like underachievement.
darkangel3541, I hope you found some help and are doing better this school year!