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Is it worth it to try applying again at dream school?
The first time I applied to my dream school (USC, go figure) I really didn't have the gpa. This is embarrassing to admit but I just thought the school looked cool and people I knew who went there liked it and looked like they were having fun and had a ton of school spirit. I was stupid and thought me really wanting to go there and having an okay gpa would somehow be enough. Obviously i got rejected. I went to CC for a year and applied and got rejected again. wasn't going to spend another year at CC so I went to a state school and hated it so much I almost wanted to drop out of college completely. It sounds like I'm being a brat but the issue was really that I felt like I hadn't pushed myself enough and that I was also giving up on myself and it made me resent going to that school for the only reason being that I didnt want to be at CC anymore. so that fall (my first semester at the state school) I applied to USC again. l also switched majors and a lot of courses wouldnt transfer but it didn't mean much since I was actually pretty excited I found what I really wanted to do. but SURPRISE, I got rejected again. I appealed with improved spring grades and still rejected. I tried to tell myself forget usc and their dumb admissions and their stupid scandal but it's like I can't imagine myself anywhere else. I've been to lmu graduations and ucla graduations and usc graduations and the usc ones always made me feel like thats where I see myself graduating from. they have what I want academically, socially, the location, everything. I know the problem really is 99% me not having a compelling enough cumulative gpa. my desire to go there is more about me not settling and most of all not giving up on my dream, which is still very much my dream. I know some will say hey its just undergrad but when I think about it I just know that if I look back on my life in 10 or 20 years, not graduating from USC would probably always be the regret that stings the most. So please either talk me out of applying AGAIN or tell me if you think its worth another shot.7 replies
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