Hello! I am a return student, 35, a prospective transfer student from Community College with an Ass. deg in liberal arts. Presidential scholar, PTK, 4.0, great recs, heavily involved both at school and in my community (tenant organizing, community board, volunteering, etc). I am a part of a recovery community for ten years and have great friends, a wife, excited to start a family.
12 years ago this was not the case. I come from a broken home, exhibited substance abuse early, and spent my late teens and early 20s in a very disturbing state. I did well one year at college, at 18, trying to stay sober on my own, but quickly collapsed.
On my record there are multiple arrests for drunk and disorderly and one felony lewdness charge, which I am not proud of, but being older, I am able to look at the progression and understand that period of my life for what it was. That arrest ended up saving my life: I was forced into rehab, found recovery, and I’ve spent the last 12 years making amends for my old ways, and building my life as a good community member. I decided in the last two years to go back to school and have done well.
In terms of academics and life awareness, I know I am fit for some top universities. Several have been suggested to me: Columbia Gen Ed, Amherst, Williams, Emory, Hamilton, many safeties and reaches. My record is going to soon be expunged, but not in time for transfer. What are my options as a student who has turned his life around? Any suggestions on how to deal with having a record while applying to undergraduates? Am I completely shutout of any competitive universities?
Any feedback on this is appreciated and can provide more detail if needed, thanks!