Warning: VERY LONG.
I’m a HS Junior- wasn’t really stressed about college (I used to be, so I decided to relax), however, the other day one of my teachers told me I should be an engineer. So I did what everyone else would do: I researched it. (Skip the next two paragraphs if you want).
I like to come up with solutions to problems, and not just “cookie-cutter” problems, but problems where you have to think outside of the box. On top of that, I’m an outdoorsy person, a Scout, and I work with the environment.
It wasn’t that hard to find a field of engineering- environmental was calling my name. Working with water, sanitation, streams, agriculture, infrastructure, utilities, etc. HOWEVER…I have a few red and yellow flags on my transcript, and I need some advice.
Info: HS Junior. Took the ACT’s back in February. I’ll be taking them again, but for now: I have a 29 composite. Math: 27, Science: 28, Reading: 31, English: 30. (SAT Conversion: 1340, math score: 640). I’d call this a “yellow flag.” It’s not that great a score- I can maybe improve, but is this too low?
Historical Grades: I had health issues freshman and sophomore year. My poor, poor math grades…(Standard Algebra 1: C-, Standard Algebra 2: C). Yes, it hurts…Sciences are better…(Hon. Intro Earth + Physical Sciences: 94, Hon. Bio: 89).
Previous Grades: So far, 1.5 months (and a few quizzes and test) into Junior year: Geometry: 91. Standard Chem: 99. (I have A’s in every other class besides APUSH this year).
Freshman and Sophomore GPA: 3.37 unweighted, 3.64 weighted.
Junior Year (so far): 3.83 unweighted, 4.03 weighted. Combined Junior/Freshman/Sophomore if I keep these grades: 3.52 unweighted, 3.82 weighted.
Possible Senior Year Classes (if I work hard): AP Gov, AP Lit, AP Chem, Hon. Physics, Hon. BC Pre-Calc, Hon. Wind Ensemble, and EITHER AP Latin, AP Stats, or nothing due to workload.
Some EC’s: Almost Eagle Scout, for my Eagle Scout Project I’m establishing biological control of the invasive Mile-A-Minute Vine in my town to help control it. Also in Marching Band, Jazz Band, and 100+ volunteer hours in general.
Phew, that was a LOT. Sorry. So now back to the main question: Is engineering out of reach for me? Should I go for another undergrad degree? Am I setting myself up for failure? Would I get admitted anywhere?
Possible Schools: UConn (in-state), UVM, UNH, Clarkson, UBuffalo, WPI (reach), Bucknell (reach).
Thanks. You’re a trooper if you read this whole thing.