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I am a 2020 high school grad currently on gap year. I realize I've made the wrong choice in where I committed to go to college (enrollment is deferred until next year) and I'm going to apply to a few colleges this fall/winter. Barnard was my top choice when I was applying my senior year but I was deferred and then rejected (I chalk this up to the fact that I didn't submit anything after I got deferred and basically blew them off. Was struggling with my mental and physical health but that's an explanation, not an excuse). Is it worth it to reapply this year?
What I have going for me is an SAT score 200 points higher than last year (now a 1510), I seem like a completley new person on paper, I demonstrated interest last fall through an in person interview even though I lived out of state, and I was interviewed by them for a selective access program for Black, low income, high achieving girls. I applied under polisci last year which is a competitive major for barnard so I plan on applying for something less competitive this year. My current "activities" are an intensive journalism internship at a start up, voter mobilization volunteering, selling my art through an online shop, working as the editor in chief of a zine I started, and raising money for BLM through art commissions. Last year's activities were a job, speech and debate, varsity sports, pre med club, and tedx.
What brings me down is a mediocre high school record (3.6 unw, 4.5 weighted, 4 on apush, 5 on lang, 5 on psych, 3 on lit, 4 on stats). My junior and senior year I got straight A's (11th grade APs and honors, 12th grade all AP) EXCEPT for a D in AP physics I'm still kind of upset about but not too much because I plan on a humanities major.
My hooks are that Im a Black girl, first gen American, second gen college student, and family income is 30,000.
Im more than willing to pour my heart and soul into this application again and cough up $75 but is it worth it? Do I have a shot or am I deluding myself?