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What are my chances

TN034154TN034154 Registered User Posts: 119 Junior Member
My freshman year was bad due to family problems 3.1 uw and this year it 3.8-4.0 uw. and next year i take 2-3 honors and 1 ap and senior year i can take a lot of ap's. and lets say my grades are all a's. ACADEMICALLY speaking can I still try out for competitive colleges such as the ivies (i only like four of them).The reason my freshman year was bad because my grandpa became a severe heart patient and it was a lot of stress. Despite having and upward trend are they still going to look down on me as an applicant?

Replies to: What are my chances

  • TomSrOfBostonTomSrOfBoston Registered User Posts: 11,358 Senior Member
    Just do well the rest of you high school career, get high test scores and be involved in EC's. Also they will not appreciate hearing excuses for you freshman year performance.
  • TN034154TN034154 Registered User Posts: 119 Junior Member
    Please give me your opinion on if you think I can have a chance (if my ec, scores, and grades are good) because this is making me so anxious.
  • SyrxisSyrxis Registered User Posts: 224 Junior Member
    We'll need more information. Is 2 honors and 1 AP a rigorous schedule at YOUR school? That will be indicated on your final transcript by your guidance counselor.

    Otherwise, don't worry yourself needlessly about Freshman year. You need to take each year seperately and work hard each year. Yes you still have a chance.
  • TN034154TN034154 Registered User Posts: 119 Junior Member
    @Syrxis it is not a rigorous course work at my school. My school offers 20-23 AP classes and most people take 8-13 but I will only be able to take 6-8. That is why I'm so disappointed in myself
  • LindagafLindagaf Registered User Posts: 6,911 Senior Member
    edited May 19
    You have posted a thread every day now, asking virtually the SAME question over and over. Please stop obsessing about this because it is a complete and utter waste of time. Forgive me for being blunt, but I feel you will greatly benefit from honesty. You need to focus your energy on match and safety schools that you like and can afford, because you are highly, highly unlikely to get into an Ivy League school or equivalent. Well below 1%. That is my estimation of your chances.

    Being "so" anxious over something that one; you will have little control over for, two; something that is extremely unlikely is very concerning. Are you so anxious about winning the lottery? The odds aren't that diferent. Except college admissions to super selective schools aren't a lottery. It is very difficult for the thousands of valedictorians and super star students that get turned down every single year to get into the tippy top schools. They turn away perfect students by the thousands. There is simply not enough room for all the perfect students. Furthermore, they don't just want perfect students. They want interesting, likable people who do things because they like doing them. They want unique individuals. They want to assemble a class of people they believe represent what their college is looking for.

    There is a good reason why they want to see high grades for four years. Those schools are rigorous and demanding. They stress people out. They have applicants with amazing grades and test scores who have seen terrible things and have terrible lives, who still manage to do well despite it all. Those are the students they really want. EVERY kid in the country has issues. Being a teen these days is tough. But the ones who can do well despite all that are the ones who are going to get in. Maybe they don't have problems, but maybe they excel at everything they do. Those kids get in too. Athletes get in. Hooked kids get in. There are also plenty of stories of kids who get in to those schools and they transfer out becasue they can't handle the work/pressure/environment/many other reasons. They were superstars in their high school, and they get to Stanford and feel like dummies. College don't want to admit people they think will leave. So they put a lot of effort into choosing the very best students.

    So you are already swimming upstream and it's making you anxious. This screams out that you need to stop thinking about Ivy league schools. Are you really going to spend the next two years being anxious about this? Because if so, you are in for two years of misery. Why do that to yourself? Let it go. Find some schools that you have an actual shot of getting into, based on your test scores and GPA. Schedule a meeting with your counselor and ask what schools kids with your stats get into. Research some of the 4000 other schools and find ones that you like. Fall in love with reality. Get the Fiske guide or Princeton review and make a realistic list of schools you can get excited about because you actually might get in. Let go of the dream before it becomes a nightmare.

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