UCSB Transfer Admission (UCSD, UCLA, UC Berkeley)
If you have the time please listen to this very convoluted tale of the past two years of my life, and advise me as to my chances of acceptance to these fine institutions...
Owing to the lackluster effort I put forth during high school to do virtually any homework assignment, I came out with a mediocre GPA of 3.1, thankfully however with a 2340 on the SAT and a 34 on the ACT. Having faith in my college prospects, I applied to every Ivy League, Bard College, and the previously mentioned UC's including UC Santa Cruz. Need not be said, I was rejected from all except Bard and UCSC.
I attended UCSC for the fall semester, and left to attend Los Angeles Valley College, back at home, with the hopes of transferring to UCLA or some other more prestigious institution. After the spring semester I lived in Iceland for a period of several months, learning the language and experiencing the foreign culture, falling in love with every other girl I met, etc.. and during the time there decided that Santa Cruz was a wonderful place, and dropping my former resolution, I returned for the fall semester once again.
I was originally a Mathematics major, but around this time I began intense 8 - 9 hour daily practice of the classical piano, improving vastly. This is when I began to consider switching to a music major. My intended career was finance and hedge fund management, and I was offered a valuable several month long internship in London, which I could not attend if I were in school, so in January I left UCSC again, and went to work... whilst there I decided that Bard, the prestigious east coast college would be better for my chosen career path, and committed to the school for Fall 2012. Now I am here, and I realize why I never came the first time, I miss California, I miss the culture, the quality of life, and I never want to work in finance (the devil's work) again.
So with this in mind, I began thinking, while 4.0 was standard to get into to most of the institutions during high school, now the bar is significantly lower..
so here are my stats, by spring I WILL be UC transfer eligible (and I can always return to Santa Cruz)
major: Music B.A - which , if i am correct, is a NON-impacted major at all of these schools..
GPA: here's where things are tricky... spread across UCSC and Valley College, i have a 3.1 (again), but here at Bard I have and shall maintain a 4.0 for both semesters... will the UC's factor these grades in, even though they won't receive said grades until the end of December, after the submission period?
Work Ethic: I practice the piano 9 hours a day, it is my life and love, and keep this in mind too (I hope admissions officers will...) While my GPA may seem relatively low, (though I believe transfer minimum is 2.5) I have all A's in every music class I have ever taken.
Life and Work Experience: A lot, tons, loads.!
Get back to me please!