Hi everyone! So, this is a bit early to post, maybe, because I’m currently an undergrad junior, but I have decided that I really want to study Lit at a higher level, probably for a Masters degree. I have three English professors who will write GREAT recommendations, and everything points to my doing very, very well on the GRE (though I don’t want to count on that and am continuing to study and prepare for it very seriously). I also have lots and lots of demonstrated interest and skill on the field. However...my GPA isn’t great. I had a health issue my freshman year here and took longer than I would have liked to get back on track grade-wise, so I have a 3.2 right now. If I get the grades I am on track for during the next semesters before graduating, I should be able to bring it up to a 3.4-3.5. I have a high-ish amount of experience interning, working, etc. in relevant fields over summers and such.
I of course would like to get into the best school I can for grad, but am wondering what that might look like? I keep kicking myself for the GPA thing. I do have very strong connections at a Top-10 program but feel iffy both realistically and morally about trying to work that into admissions. What is the right sort of school to work towards, and what can I do to make my application as strong as possible?
If it helps, I currently attend a small but very highly ranked school that is notorious in the surrounding areas for giving lower grades than elsewhere. But that reputation does not extend beyond a few states (as fast as I can tell).
Thank you for reading, and good luck with your own grad school experiences!