I am a first time college student studying at my local California community college. I applied to many UCs in high school as a freshman admit, but I was unfortunately denied by all of the schools I wanted to go to (I got into UCSC but the program wasn’t great and the extra cost really wasn’t justified). I would say I am a pretty diligent and hardworking student (I got above a 4.0 unweighted in high school, was involved in many clubs, and have done musical competitions for about 10 years now) but I scored very low on my SAT. So, after all of that, I decided to go to CC. Now, my goal is to try again to get into a good UC scool for business. My eyes are set on the CAL Haas School of Business and the other UC business schools. However, I also have the option of going to my local CSU school which is SDSU.
Striving for the UC schools would require me to take significantly more courses which brings up my dilemma: should I take the extra courses and potentially waste time (and added stress) to get into the UCs or should I settle on SDSU (which I got into as a freshman admit) and take fewer courses. As of right now, I am getting As in all of my classes with the exception of one: I am struggling in a 5 unit calc I class. I bring this up to note that I could potentially not get a 4.0 in CC. However, I can pretty much say that I will get at least a 3.5 (an assumption based on my past grades).
In addition, with covid, there are not many opportunities for me to do outside work and extracurricular activities. As of right now, the only things outside of school that I’m involved in is music and my schools circle K club.
So, the question is:
Should I risk taking more courses (and also adding the risk of not getting in) when I know that I might not get perfect grades to get into the UC schools, or should I just settle with SDSU which is a safer bet and which requires fewer courses?
Thanks for taking the time to read this and hopefully some of you can add your opinion.