Spent 3 semesters at the University of Rochester with an exceptionally low GPA during the first two semesters (I'm talking sub-2.0) and a decent GPA for the third (~2.8-3.2) leaving me with a current GPA of ~2.0
Strongly considering going to a local community college (I live in NC) in order to start over again with a completely fresh GPA. If I take the CC route, I plan to transfer out to UNC-Chapel Hill or another school of similar caliber.
Will it be worth my time to leave the University of Rochester and to transfer elsewhere after obtaining a decent GPA, or to stay where I am and simply work to improve what I currently have?
My main worries are:
1. When it becomes time for me to apply to grad programs, I may be viewed in a more negative light due to the difficulties experienced earlier on in my academic career. Even if I continue to shape up and improve my academic performance, my GPA will not reflect my ability as a student.
2. I can't predict the way that I will perform during the upcoming 5 semesters at Rochester.This worries me because, obviously, I could very well not perform satisfactorily during the rest of my time there or my performance could plateau where it currently is (~3.0 each semester) and I would end up completing my undergrad with a very lukewarm GPA.
I can say that I've become a much more mature student in terms of my general work ethic, but to me, this is not a reliable determinant for my future success.
Should I take a gamble on my GPA and stay where I'm at? Or should I stay safe and go to a CC where I know that I am able to perform well?