How bad is it?

<p>I just finished my freshman year at a nationally ranked school known for its rigor and these were the results</p>

<p>H World History-B
H Biology-C
H Geometry-C
German I-A
H English I-B
(WH, Band and Eng are low estimates since exams aren't back yet)</p>

<p>My unweighted GPA is ~2.8 and weighted ~3.5. This year I didn't do much outside of school. I was in German Club, I tutored German for money and for community service and in total my comm service was around 35 hours. I got into a Medical Summer Camp at Duke University this summer and am waiting for response from a Business and Entrepreneurship Camp at North Carolina Central University.</p>

<p>Next year I'm taking </p>

<p>H College-LvL Civics and Economics (GoPo w/ AP Test but w/o AP credit)
H Chemistry
Standard Algebra II
H German III
H English II
(Self Study: AP World History and SAT II: German)</p>

<p>I've already started preparing for classes next year as to help keep my grades up. I'll be the president of German Club, in the German Honor Society, in Model UN, and maybe Keyclub. I took the SAT this year and got around a 1600. I plan on taking the PSAT, SAT, and ACT again next year. My projected junior year is:</p>

Advanced Functions and Modeling
AP German
AP English
Band (maybe honors)</p>

<p>My main schools are University of North Carolina at Greensboro, University of North Carolina at Asheville, Western Carolina University. My wishful thinking schools are Rice, Texas A&M and UNC-CH. I want to study PoliSci/ PreLaw and German then go to Law school and get a JD and MBA. Do you think my freshman year will severely affect my current future plans?</p>

<p>I forgot, I got a D- in Spanish I and a C+ in Algebra I during 8th grade, which is on my transcript but not calculated into my GPA. For Algebra I shows my 72 on my EOC the first time and then a 95 on the retake.</p>

<p>It’s not fatal, but, then again, it isn’t the best of starts. I would try to get as many As as you can next you to bring up your unweighted GPA because, to be honest, it ain’t so pretty. I wish the best of luck to you next year!</p>

<p>Here is my opinion. 1) do not do so many APs next year. You are probably better off with A’s in regular level than C’s in APs. Unless you have a heavy weighting on APs and you really want to make the top 25% for A&M. </p>

<p>2) consider colleges that are more interesting that will be a great jumping board to grad school. If you know you want to go to grad school, a smaller school (or at least a large school where your department will be small) would be the way to go. This is because you will need to be able to stand out and get references when you apply to grad school and also, have opportunities at the bachelors level in your department.</p>

<p>If you are living in the Carolinas…then…they have sooo many great smaller schools and places where you can stand out more. If I lived out there…oh…I am just saying…it would be like a playground of excellent colleges. And the smaller school usually is a better way to get to grad school.</p>

<p>Oh…found out from Carnegie Mellon last night that they do not even consider 9th grade year grades. Just lovely! Because…my daughter’s best grades were 9th grade. They dropped in 10th with a new school. We expect them to go back up this year.</p>

<p>Colleges like to see an upward trend.</p>

<p>^^ Yep yep. Hopefully mine will be viewed as an upward trend. I upped my rigor of class of three honors classes sophomore year to 5 AP classes junior year. Sure my grades weren’t perfect, but I got 2 Bs in AP classes and As in the rest. Is that an upward trend?</p>