I plan to apply to the University of Cinci at the beginning of my senior year (next year). My cumulative GPA is bad (2.82 currently) but it is on the rise. I took French in 8th grade and got a D (1.0 grade point I believe). And then from freshmen year up to the middle of my sophomore year I was getting a GPA between 2.5 and 2.9. I used to be really stupid, but this was because I never knew my full potential because I didn't try hard enough. So on my 3rd grading period sophomore year I got a 3.45, 4th grading period I got a 3.79. 1st grading period of my junior year(this year) i got a 3.958. This 2nd grading period I'm gonna work my butt off to get above a 4.0. (This year I am in one AP and one honors)
As you can see I have been showing the potential of the student that works hard. I am worried that colleges will only see me total cumulative GPA from all 4 years plus the french in 8th grade. which may seriously bring down my chances. If they see my GPAs from each year, they will know that I am improving and that I am serious about my education.