I was wondering if I still have a chance at getting into Yale (I'd be applying for Class of 2017 by the way) with a B on my junior report card. I have straight As in everything else. My freshman and sophomore report cards look the same way -- straight As except for a B in science. I have a huge weakness in science, and I always have, not to mention I have had consistent bad luck with teachers. I feel like I've tried everything to learn the material -- seeing my teacher after school, asking other teachers for help, asking my friends for help, using online resources.... But those methods have failed. I've given in and am getting a tutor for next semester. But even if I miraculously get an A second semester, it'll average out to a B+ with my B- from the first semester.
That being said, I plan on dropping science senior year entirely.
Do I still have a chance of being admitted to Yale? I go to a fairly competitive prep school. Most people seem to have half As and half Bs on their report cards. Would my B be excusable with great SAT scores? I haven't taken the SAT yet, but I'll study my ass off and get whatever score I need to to make up for this.
This is just really getting me down because there are many other factors that I think work in my favor. I am Hispanic (albeit from an upper-middle class NYC suburb). I am passionate about foreign languages (I speak four well) and have national awards for them. I also genuinely love volunteer work. I have been working with a certain organization since the seventh grade for aiding disabled children, and I tutor inner city kids through another program. Also, I started a free tutoring program for nearby public school children who wouldn't normally be able to afford such services, and lots of these children are immigrants or children of immigrants who may not know English well, so that's where my knowledge of foreign languages comes in as well. I have significant involvement in clubs and such at school (an editor of newspaper, president or co-president of several clubs, writing tutor, etc.). I plan on leading a career in the media industry, so I had a summer internship for a start-up advertising company. I'm hoping to get another media internship this summer. I love writing and have won some writing awards as well, and I am nearly done writing a screenplay (that I've been writing since I was 14) that I would really like to sell.
That's just a summary -- I've done many more things that are slipping my head but that gives you a taste.... And not to sound narcissistic, but I do have an agreeable personality, and I know my strength in writing will yield solid application essays down the road. My teachers love me as I work hard, participate enthusiastically in class, and genuinely love to learn.
I just feel like a complete dumbass with this B, but I know I'm not! It's only this one class. I don't want to lose my chance just because of this.
I would appreciate any thoughts at all.