I basically have to decide between ED for Emory, or EA and SCEA for Tulane. I am a track athlete and currently met with both the Tulane and Emory coaches. Tulane really wants me to compete for them, and Emory is excited as well but not crazy. The Tulane coach and I are very close and I've visited both schools. But, Emory generally has better academics. But…Tulane will offer more flexibility with my schedule and class choices, with a slightly more balanced work/play life. These are both my top two schools.
Rising senior, GPA honestly is not that good, I slacked off my sophomore year, and I had an extremely debilitating back injury my junior year that sapped out all of my time and sleep. (for those of you wondering, I had a herniated disc at L5/S1 with accompanying sciatica). I've always had pretty rigorous schedules but the grades themselves don't look that spectacular because they're mostly B's and B+'s.
So, basic stats are currently as follows:
Intended Major: Biology+Exercise science/Premed (minor in business, this is where Tulane has flexibility). I used to want to major in architecture but realized my passion was truly in the medical field.
Weighted GPA: 3.8
Unweighted (school doesn't calculate): 3.3-3.4ish
Bio SAT II from Freshman year: 720
First SAT in June (horrible test conditions): 2020, aiming for 2150+ in october
ACT: Not taken, first diagnostic test was a 32 with no prep though.
Track and Field (Varsity 2 years): 9,11,12
Winter Track: 9
Cross country, wrestling: 10
Japan Club: 9,10
Art Club: 9
Mobile Apps Development: 10, 11, 12 (President 11 and 12)
All School Musical: 10, 11, 12 (House manger next year)
Student Senate (Delegate): 12
Future Doctors of America (Founder): 12
Also got awarded 2nd Place at the NJIT Dean's Design Competition in 2012. I got a free ipad and a full scholarship to NJIT's summer architecture program.
Out of school stuff: not much volunteering or work, I really don't have time. I take care of my 8 year old brother after school a lot, I currently manage a fitness forum and I'm in the middle of developing a few iphone apps. I also have a youtube channel where I document my training recovery in hopes of educating people of my type of injury and helping others in similar situations. A lot of my time is dedicated to family stuff, medical research, my training, nutrition, surgery recovery, etc. There's only so much time in the day to do everything and still try to get some decent sleep to let your nervous system recover (if you're an athlete, lol) especially in the middle of the school year.
Honors Biology 1: A-
Honors World Civilizations: B
Honors English 1: B
Plane Geometry: B
Japanese 1: A-
Tech/Arch Design 1: A
Chemistry 1: B+
Honors US History 1: B-
Honors English 2: B-
Algebra 2: B+
Honors Japanese 2: B
Tech/Arch Design 2: A
Honors Physics: B-
AP US History: B+
English 3: B+
Trigonometry/Advanced Math: B
Honors Japanese 3: B+
Tech/Arch Design 3: A-
As you can see, even my elective (tech/arch design) grade dropped as a result of my lack of time during last year.
Senior Schedule + Expected grades:
AP Studio Art: A
AP Bio: A- (I'm very good with bio)
AP Statistics: A- - A
Personal financial literacy: A
I recently just got surgery on my back so I will have a bunch more time to focus on my grades as opposed to the last year. I really wanted to make a comeback after my sophomore year, and while my grades did improve, they didn't improve as much as I wanted them to because of my time constraints, obviously. And considering I didn't get my operation done in the school year so I could still compete in the spring, most of my time was centered around just being able to sleep and walk without a considerable amount of pain. If I didn't compete this spring I wouldn't be able to compete in college, so I kind of had to sacrifice a lot of my life just for that.
I am really torn. Keep in mind I don't even know if I'll be able to get in cause my grades are so bad…but if I get the grades I need senior year, and any of you guys think I can, what should I do?