I've gone through a lot of struggles, especially during sophomore and junior year. but i think i've become a much better student than i ever was. would it help if there's an upward trend from the 2nd semester of junior year? I'm a junior right now, and speaking hypothetically for the ACT and SAT scores. But I'm going to be working all summer to study for the tests, because UChicago is my dream school. I also plan on visiting the school, and doing an interview. do you think it would be better if I applied during the regular time, so that I can show them more of the upward trend my senior year? UChicago is my dream school, and I want to major in Econ. After looking up a lot about it, and the people there, I think I'd fit in there really well, too. Despite my low GPA, I'm smart, but I've had lots of problems with procrastination (like severely.. i had like a mild depression), which I've finally been able to overcome (it's been a problem since like middle school, but it got worse in high school when I had more work). I'm in all honors and dual credit classes (the highest my school has.. they're like college courses) and I'm involved with multiple sports and clubs (I'm even founding a red cross club at my school now). I'm just trying to stay motivated.. and want to see if this can even be a feasible goal, to get admitted if I keep working really hard, like I am now. Could colleges forgive my mistakes in the past? Uchicago, and other colleges in general? Also, I'm black and come from a middle class family, if that makes any difference.