So I’m going to be a Junior in high school this upcoming year and I need CC’s help.
I’m going to post all the information I can think of and ask some questions along the way.
So, my freshman and sophomore grades are humiliating.
Freshman year I moved to this new area and school and I absolutely hated everything. I took 5 honors and both semesters I got a 2.8.
Sophomore year at first I did much much better. I took 3 honors, 2 AP’s and got a 3.5 GPA first semester. However- because of personal reasons- I started becoming really mentally unstable and I stressed out too much near the end of the year and my GPA went down again. I think I had a 2.8 in second semester, and I failed AP Biology but retook it online and got a B+.
I’m aiming to GREATLY improve my GPA. I have goals for junior/senior year that aren’t unrealistic and if everything goes well I should have at least a 3.4 UW over all.
To give you a wider view on my schedule:
H Math Analysis
H Spanish 2
H Computer Science (This was a “University of Washington class” and I got a 4.0 and credit)
AP Environmental (AP score of 4)
AP Biology (AP score of 3)
H Spanish 3
H Math Analysis
// Even though I’m not a junior yet, I basically know my schedule because of the lack of classes at my school //
Environmental Engineering and Sustainable Design
AP US History
Biomedical Engineering (two periods)
Either BC Calc or AP Stat?
I know some of you may tell me to do less honors/AP’s but I honestly think I can handle it now that’s I’m more “stable”, and because of the fact that my school doesn’t offer regular classes.
As for EC’s (guaranteed)~
1 yr debate club
1 yr volunteering at crisis clinic
3 yrs of Health Occ. Students of America*
2 yrs Honor Society
4 years volunteering at art museum
4 years volunteering at elementary schools
2 yrs. Future Business Leaders Assoc.*
(Not much I know)
*In these clubs I’m able to win awards
Moving on, I really need some advice on what colleges to aim for.
I’m female living in Washington, so University of Washington always appealed to me. My mom graduated from there.
My full list of colleges I’m interested in consist of (and note, I’m of course NOT going to apply to ALL of them):
-University of Washington
-University of Oregon
-UC: Davis, Merced, Riverside
So as you can see most of these are extreme reaches. I live up to the Pisces stereotype and I’m a dreamer.
I’d also like to ask for some college matches for me? Is it best to just go to community college for a couple years and then transfer later? The thing is I don’t see a problem with that but I come from the usual “strict asian family” and as much as I’d like that choice I think I’d get shunned.
I also have no idea what I’d like to major in. Biomedical engineering, environmental engineering, biology in general and business really appeal to me but I’m not certain on anything.
Other questions for you guys are:
-How significantly would awards help my application?
-Should I join more clubs during junior year?
-Any improvements on my EC’s I could make? (most likely too late for that)
-Should I even bother applying to those colleges?
-Any match colleges for me? Low reach? Safety?
-Other colleges I should know about?
-SAT score to aim for? ACT score?
Although honestly any advice would be great :o)