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Hey everyone. I'm actually here because I need some advice and some help picking what colleges to apply as a transfer student to. I know loads of people would love to be at UC Berkeley, especially in the really good College of Chemistry, but this place really isn't just for me.
Little background. Haha actually, most of this is just a copy paste from an old chance me thread here.
College: UC Berkeley 1st year Chemical Engineering major
High School: large well ranked public school
HIGH SCHOOL STUFF.
Unweighted GPA: 3.94
Weighted GPA: 4.76
Rank: no rankings at high school
Math II: 780
Japanese Language: 5
Environmental Science: 5
English Lang AP: 5
Physics B AP: 3(yeah I stopped caring senior year after I picked Berkeley and saw none of them actually counted. Hooray for random bubbling?)
French AP: 3
Calculus AB: 4
Ballet for 11 years at one studio: Accepted into top ballet schools in the nation to stay year round. Refused so I could study.
Internship at The Aerospace Corporation in high school.
Ballet: Teacher Assistant and Rehearsal Assistant after I got injured senior year.
Library volunteer: 3 years
Captain: Ocean Science Bowl. Founding member as well.- 3 years
Co-Captain: Science Bowl-1 year
Piano: 10 years
1st Place The Aerospace Corporation Science Fair (Junior)
Finalist and Honorable Mention L.A. County Science Fair (Junior year)
2nd Place Palos Verdes Peninsula Science and Engineering Fair (senior)
1st Place Los Angeles County Science Fair (senior year)
3rd Place California State Science Fair (Senior year)
Intel ISEF finalist (senior year)
Marymount Book Award
National Merit Commended Student
Now here's the fun part. College.
GPA: 2.67 (ouch. I know)
I also have no EC's, no clubs, nothing. I don't know my professors (they're quite unapproachable I've found) at all. Nothing.
Here's my deal. I've been in and out of therapy now. First semester, I nearly killed myself, but never told anyone. 2nd semester, I actually tried. This is why my grades were so terrible. I've been dealing with the repercussions of child abuse, depression, bullying, and loads of other stuff. It's hard to study when you're more occupied with if you should take all those pills or not, or jump off the roof today or not. Some people say that's just an excuse but really, you wouldn't understand how hard things can be until you go through it yourself.
Anyways, I'm hoping to get of of the UC environment and I'm hoping I can transfer to a liberal arts school in California, mainly Southern California so I can be closer to my mother. I was looking at Occidental, Chapman, the Clairmont McKenna colleges, but I don't know my chances considering my abysmal GPA. I don't know how the next semester grades will pan out, but I doubt it will be much better, though once again, I'm hoping I'll nail those finals.
It's sad because I got into great liberal arts schools like Wesleyan, Vassar, Hamilton with loads of financial aid and scholarships, but I turned them down because my (abusive, in the physical and emotional sense) father wanted me at UC Berkeley. Oh an another thing to consider is that I will have to pay for my own schooling now because my father isn't paying for college unless it's UC Berkeley Chemical Engineering.
Does anyone have any ideas of schools I would actually have a chance of getting into? I did so well in high school, and look at what a failure I became in college. =( Ah such is life?