So I'm 25 years old and I never went to college before. I barley graduated high school because of a couple of failed suicide attempts which made me miss a lot of classes which made my GPA go down to a 2.9. I didn't think I was going to live this long to be honest so I never thought about a career. I've been working as an optician for about 1.5 years now and before that I just kind of worked retail every holiday season. Opticians in Indiana don't make a lot of money and I'm tired of living in poverty. If I'm not going to die then I want to make a good life for myself. I have never even applied to college before so I have no idea where to start and where I can apply to.
So my questions are
If I decide to go to IU Bloomington would I have a chance at getting in?
GPA 2.9 (Graduated in 2014)
I never took the SATs but IU Bloomington has a placement test now.
Also has anyone taken the placement test? If so was it difficult?
Am I supposed to write an essay when I apply to colleges? None of my friends ever went to college so I honestly do not know if this is something people actually do.
I want to go to IU Bloomington because I'm interested in their East Asian Language and Culture major. I wanted to focus on Korean language and history. I've been learning Korean in my free time from my sisters husband who is Korean.
I don't really want to go to a community college because I know what I want to study and they do not offer those courses. I also feel like going to community college would be a waste of time and money if I'm not studying what I want to study. I'm not sure though, would it help my chances of getting into IU?
Please any advice or your own stories would really help.
I'm all on my own and I just don't know where to start.
Thank you so much for reading this