Transfer Question: What if you had a low HS GPA, but..?

<p>Has anyone been in this situation?</p>

<p>I am a transfer student in a community college right now and I am set to graduate this fall and transfer to a 4 year college. My current GPA is a 3.1 (about to go up to a 3.2). My hs GPA is really bad due to my horrible sophomore year that I decided to hang out with the "bad kids" in order to "fit in" and belong in school. It affected my 2nd year gpa and my over all GPA is 2 points below a "C". I'm ashamed of my horrid grades. I can't even believe they are that bad. :(</p>

<p>When I first went to college, I went to a crappy for profit school which I thought I wanted to study fine art as a major. Well a year later I ended up failing 2 quarters worth of drawing and art classes. I realized that art was not for me no matter how hard I tried. I wasn't good at it. That messed up my current GPA, which I have been slowly raising since last year.</p>

<p>My goal by the end of Fall 2012 is to rise my GPA to at least a 3.4 or 3.5, since I'm doing good so far. It's been challenging to get my grades up, but hopefully when I transfer the admission to the colleges I am looking to apply at will see my hard work and motivation and forgive my bad grades from when I was a dumb teen that lacked motivation in HS.</p>

<p>My experience:
Was a total burn out in high school and earned C’s and D’s through all four years.</p>

<p>When I was 25 I started community college and 59 credits into that, I have a 3.9.
Was just accepted into UConn’s nursing program. I had to have 3 years of a language to be accepted… I did. I had 3 years of D’s in French in High School. Apparently that was good enough. </p>

<p>As long as its not a wicked competitive school, they will probably see that you are trying hard to bring up your grades. Just don’t apply to an art program. </p>

<p>Good luck!</p>

<p>Thanks for the response! </p>

<p>It’s nice to hear other peoples stories like this. So far in school, I’m doing fine and my grades are improving. I also am doing some volunteer work and recently I became my school’s political club president. I hope this would “wow” the schools I’m going to apply too. I also have a few ECs I did in HS too that were impressive.</p>

<p>This is encouraging.</p>

<p>Just get the GPA up and replace lousy grades in core subjects with better grades and you will be fine. Focus on the core classes; nothing estoeric because 4 year institutions require a solid core before specialization and they will provide the specialization.</p>