Hey I’m a junior from Virginia and I’ve been doing college research a lot during the pandemic. Right now, Carnegie Mellon seems the most appealing and I know what I’d want to study (biology/genetics/the like), but I plan on applying to other top schools too.
The problem: junior year grades are the most important. I’m terrible at virtual learning and I don’t know how lenient colleges are being about the grades we get during the pandemic, if at all. I have all A/A-'s except for two classes (AP Calculus AB and AP Chem) in which I currently have C+'s, which are really close to becoming B-'s. If I work really hard, I think I could get these grades up to B’s or even B+'s if I’m lucky by the end of the year.
I know those grades aren’t the best for top schools, especially for AP classes in the subject areas I want to continue studying in colleges. How badly is this going to hurt me? How much will this affect my chances???
I really want to go to CMU, so if these grades are going to sink my ship, is there anything I can do to fix this? My summer plans as of right now are to do an internship and take the equivalent of AP Calculus BC over the summer at my local community college, the latter because my school’s math department sucks and I’ve had terrible luck succeeding with their classes thus far. Could these plans pull me out of whatever hole the grades put me in? Is there anything else I can do to fix this/better my chances in general?