(well great the first time I decide not to save a log of my post before I hit submit just in case the system logged me out just had to be this time..)
For the past 8 years, 27 now, without any strategy or goal in mind I have been taking only courses that interest me at a community college. Unfortunately that has left me with an AA degree in Humanities, and a 2.5 GPA. But now I wish to pursue the passion I have found in these 8 years, and that is film. The school I wish to go to is USC. Though with my W's, C's and retakes of D's and F's. My chance is next to impossible. So I was thinking of going as a non-matriculated student, then being officially accepted as a student if I do well enough. Though that brings about a few questions.
1. If going as a non-matriculated student is a real way to get into your dream college, why worry about community college/high school GPA?
2. Should I stay a few more semesters at my community college and take transferable courses and get A's in those then try to transfer over officially?
3. Connecting the above questions. What are the advantages and disadvantages of going as a non-matriculated student vs officially transferring over from a community college?
Honestly I would like to go to any decent college. My transferable GPA to UCLA system is a 2.8. Also my GPA is mostly bad because of courses I never needed to take in the first place such as difficult language classes, and higher science classes when I thought I wanted to be a doctor. My math/english and other regular courses are A's/B's.
I have other questions about non-matriculated students entering.. But I'll save those for if I actually decide to attend as a non-matriculated student.