Hey guys, I read a lot on these forums when I’m looking up college info, but I’ve never actually posted anything. So hi! :x
Let me lay it all out on the table. So, I’m a senior in a Massachusetts high school and like most everyone else, I’m in the process of submitting college applications. I’m an aspiring English major. I’ve always wanted to go to college in the West Coast, but I feel that most of the schools I want to go to are reaches. I’ve sent in applications to UCB, UCI, UCSB, UCSC, and UCSD, and I’m planning to apply to Reed and Pomona, as well as other schools (not sure which, yet) that I at least have a safe chance of getting into.
In high school, I took AP US History (AP Score = 3), AP Lang (AP Score = 3), and I’m currently taking AP Lit, and I took as many Honors courses as I could. My GPA is 3.3 unweighted, 3.7 weighted, and my highest SAT score is 1940 (C.R. = 700, Writing = 640, Math = 600). My class rank is 61 in a class size of 473, putting me in the top 13% of my class.
It’s not like I did bad in high school, but I didn’t do exceptional, either. I don’t think that my high school performance is the best indicator of my ability as a student. Prior to my junior year, I didn’t care all too much about how I did in school, I just naturally did well enough to get As and Bs with minimal effort. However, I wanted to challenge myself junior year, and ended up completely overwhelming myself with work and multiple APs. I took this experience and learned from it, and in my senior year, I’m doing phenomenally well in school and I care more than I ever have before about my school work. The bad part about this is, it’s a little late from a college standpoint.
I’ve read that going to community college for 2 years and then transferring can get you into some great schools that you might not have been able to get into as a freshman. As it looks now, this would be a good choice for me if I don’t get into my dream schools, because I would be able to do way better with my current mindset in a CC then I did apathetically in the majority of high school. What do you guys think?
If I pursue this, I would try to go to a California CC; I know this is more expensive and the point of CCs is to be cheap–in part–but I hate living in New England and my BF also would love to live in the West Coast so we’ve been planning to go out together in the summer. Would an out-of-state community college kind-of defeat the purpose cost-wise of attending a community college? Is this a good plan or…?
I’m kind of ALL over the place right now, I just really need some input about what my best course of action is as of right now. ~X(
Thanks so much!