<p>I am just now realizing how badly I've screwed up my high school career. I've just started to make a turnaround, but it doesn't matter, because I'm going to be a senior and at the moment I have a 2.5 and a semester of straight A's isn't going to save me. </p>

<p>I take the hardest courses offered, and that's not why my grades are low - they would be anyway. I never did my work, and now that I've started to, it seems like it doesn't matter. </p>

<p>Assuming my grades JUST started to improve a little, and I get good grades senior year, paired with about a 1900 SAT score and the hardest courses offered, AP classes, tooons of extracurriculars w/leadership and lots of hours of community service, am I doomed to my state school? Because that's what it feels like. How far do you think I can get with that GPA? I can only jump so high with it weighing me down like that, even though everything else is pretty dandy. Am I shackled to community colleges, or can I try for some not-so-bad schools?</p>

<p>Why don't you just do your best when you apply to whatever schools interest you and see if you get in? There's not much you can do about it now, except to work harder and write an essay that you like and get good recommendation letters.</p>