Hello. I’m really stressed out about the college admission. process and was looking for help in my situation. The application process is approaching so rapidly and I just would appreciate some guidance.
I am a student at a private catholic high school in Southern California. I really want to go into pharmacy and I’m trying to find colleges that best help me follow this path. Ideally, I’m trying to stay in California. My credentials are:
4.0 weighted GPA, 3.76 unweighted, 4.14 UC GPA
31 ACT Composite
AP Chem - 4
APUSH - 4
AP English Language - 4
My senior course load will include AP Physics 1, AP English Literature, AP Psych, AP Social Studies (In which AP Gov is first semester and AP Macro is second semester).
I didn’t take high school very seriously my freshman and sophomore years, and thus my GPA was pulled down considerably. My junior year I really got my crap together and pulled near straight As, with only a B+ in AP Chem second semester.
In terms of extra curriculars, I have been in my school’s theatre department all 4 years, and will be taking a leadership position in that department next year. I have been apart of NHS beginning first semester junior year, as well as CSF since first semester sophomore year. I was apart of ASB during my junior year. I managed the basketball team my freshman year. I participated in an immersion program my junior year in which I lived at my school and spent the entire day out in places like Skid Row helping the homeless or acting as a “big brother” for Shane’s inspiration for kids with autism. My big EC is that I have been a professional actor since I was 5 and have been apart of the workforce as well as a member of SAG/AFTRA ever since.
Money is a bit of an issue. I would consider myself lower-midle class. This is my big reason for wanting to stay in Cali, and my interest in the UC system as shown below. Generally, I would prefer not to exceed 25k in terms of base tuition.
I plan on applying to (in no order):
Cal Poly Slo
University of Michigan (I have family here, given their emphasis on having locals this may help)
USC (Only if I can get a good amount of financial aid)
I would be happy with any of these schools, top choice probably being split between UCSD, UC Berkeley, and Michigan. Any advice on where to apply or where to not apply as well as any help in pursuing pharmacy would be greatly appreciated. Thank you very much.