Hi everyone! This is going to be a bit long winded, but any help is greatly appreciated. To begin, I first attended a four-year university straight out of high school in 2016. I was pretty unmotivated and directionless and ended up dropping out after my first year with pretty bad grades. I moved back home and ended up going to community college, but i was still directionless and now pretty depressed. I stopped going to class about halfway through the semester and subsequently ended up with awful grades (F's/W's). I THEN signed up at another CC (only two courses) and forgot to withdraw and ended up getting an F and W in those courses as well. Trust me, I'm aware of how careless I was being looking back :-(. Anyways, I took around two years off from school entirely after those hiccups, and began working. It was in those two years of life experience that I discovered what it is I am truly passionate about, so I returned back to a different community college in the fall of 2019 with intense focus and drive. I just finished my first year with a 4.0, and am finishing up 3 additional summer courses with a 4.0. I am confident I can keep this GPA for the rest of my CC experience but I'm afraid my past will come back to haunt me.
I am applying for transfer to a four-year institution this fall. My two top prospects are UC Davis and Cal Poly Slo. It would be completely life changing to make it to either school. My concern is even though I am doing great now will those previous community college experiences hurt my chances?
I have been looking into steps I can take to get me on the best possible track, one being academic renewal. I was going to apply for academic renewal for the two community colleges I attended, but unfortunately the four-year institution I attended was out of state, and I'm not too sure that is a possibility for me. I am assuming I have to send in every single transcript, as universities really value honesty, but if this is not the case that would be a relief!
I guess my main question comes down to, does admissions recognize a student that has clearly made a drastic change in their work ethic and grades?
Thanks for taking the time to read this, community college counselors can be hard to reach, especially during this pandemic. I appreciate any assistance and advice and I hope you all are staying safe and sane!