my gpa for UC is a 3.4 and my gpa for common app is a 3.6 weighted.
My transcript consists of As and Bs only
-Ice skating (two times bronze medalist in usfs open championship; passed movement certificate exams)
-cello (south coast youth symphony orchestra: performed in three concerts in austria, and one concert in segrestrom concert hall; oc cello choir member)
-drawing/painting: nixon library winner/exhibition, 1st place nasa art contest, long term painting display at my school's district's performing art center, literary magazine features/publications. passed a summer art session at UCLA (AP score: 5)
-Piano: 2nd place mtac concerto competition, and other branch conpetitions as well.
-photography: literary magazine features and one blog interview (taking AP photo right now)
-Volunteering: school ptsa, cello tutor, art and theater instructor in mowgli youth association of taiwan.
Language: mandarin chinese and english
I'm looking for schools like USC, UCLA, Brown, Virginia Common Wealth... etc. As you can see, my academics are horrible and everyone I've asked (counselor, teachers) said I'm hopeless and that I should just attend a community college.
The truth is, I know I might've wasted too much time on extra curricular activities, but I'm just gonna tell you that english, math, science just bore me to sleep, so I just didn't even consider taking every ap classes in my school. I DID tried my best on my tests, I studied SAT and ACT hard just for the sake of getting into the standard range. (well, long story short, I tried my best, and I'm just accepting the fact that maybe i'm just naturally dumb)
I'm literally on the edge of my life right now because one time I talked to the office dean of art in USC and she told me that my art (particularly photography) are excellent and she loves them but told me that my grades and test scores are considered super low for any good school i'll ever apply to. Just thinking about how might my passions will all go to waste scares the life out of me.
Anyways, enough complaining: I'm looking for universities, not art schools, that has amazing art programs and isn't as competitive to get into. Something like syracuse or virginia common wealth.
Any recommendations would be great! Thank you!!!