Before junior year, I was a really high-achieving student academically. My GPA was around 3.7-4.0 weighted and was doing well in a lot of my classes. Then, the pandemic hit right during junior year and all of us were forced into distance learning. Distance learning never worked out for me (and still doesn’t) and I suffered a lot mentally from exhaustion and burn out. The lack of motivation for me to do well in school kind of crashed and as a result, my grades and GPA took a huge beating. As of right now, I’m failing half of my classes and am going to go into summer school for credit recovery and try and fix up my GPA, and I’m barely UC eligible. I f**** up my most important year of my high school and I don’t know what to do anymore. Right now, I’m sitting at around a 2.5 weighted GPA (10-12) and 3.28 weighted GPA (9-12).
Before junior year, I wanted to apply to many UCs around me (I live in the Bay Area, California), being UC Berkeley, UC Irvine, and UCLA along with CSU San Jose among others. But now, it looks like community college is the most likely route for me. I know it isn’t the end of the world to go to a community college as I can still transfer to like a UC/CSU but at the same time I really want to live on campus and most community colleges don’t offer dorms. The main reason I wanted to go to a UC/CSU was to get away from my family (which has been emotionally abusive to me) among other things, and I just want to get away from them.
My question is it still possible to get into a UC/CSU with my current grades? I have around two extracurriculars, some volunteering hours, and potentially a summer internship (PilotCity) with it hoping to make up for my GPA as SAT/ACT scores aren’t accepted/considered in applications anymore.