Will my background story affect my admission?

<p>Even though I was born from a wealthy family, my childhood was not really great. Both of my parents were professors and I had good education. But both of my parents fought a lot. My father cursed at her and me. And when i say curse, it was like to a extreme like "go f*** yourself and die" "you don't deserve to live" "say the following words: i am an as% hole"........ I wasn't really good at studying and he had high expectation. It is kinda typical for asian background, but I think my father was too sever. He cursed and talk bad about my mother right on front of me and blamed her for everything. I couldn't understand why....... I wanted to be free from him, but I still can't..... </p>

<p>Also I had really hard time making friends.... I wanted to have good friends, but people just took advantage of me. Like literally they tried to rip off my money saying that because they are "friends". They knew I was eager to have friends so they just took advantage of it. </p>

<p>Even if I moved to new school, the person I trusted the most betrayed me. She turned out to be a two face and she was another person who take advantage of me..... Everybody look down on me in school and this is not an exaggeration. They don't talk to me and they never even look at me..... </p>

<p>Some of the story above kinda explain the reason why I failed some grade. </p>

<p>However, if i were to tell this to college that I am going to apply to, will they understand?</p>

<p>Sorry to say this but your “story”, though saddening, is not compelling enough to justify your grades. If you want colleges to give you a closer look, you will need to start from the bottom. Go to community college and take classes for a year or two and apply to colleges. Or, if you are a rising senior, just do really well this year, and take a year at a community college and then apply to four year colleges. You need to prove to colleges that you can do the work. Colleges will empathize with you but if your high school record is consistently bad, then they will be unable to give you the benefit of the doubt.</p>


No, colleges won’t understand. Admissions Officers don’t care what troubles befell you (sorry) – and that applies to having awful parents, mean students, bad grades, ADHD or even having cancer. What they want to hear about is how you have succeeded in life despite your adversity; what have you done to overcome the challenges life has thrown at you. Unfortunately, it doesn’t sound like you have . . . so when you tell colleges your life story, they are going to compare you to students like David Boone (<a href=“http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/03/david-boone-homeless-student-harvard_n_1566191.html”>http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/03/david-boone-homeless-student-harvard_n_1566191.html</a>) or Dawn Loggins (<a href=“http://www.cnn.com/2012/06/07/us/from-janitor-to-harvard/”>http://www.cnn.com/2012/06/07/us/from-janitor-to-harvard/</a>). I’m in agreement with International95, apply to a community college and try to do well in those classes. If you are successful, apply somewhere else as a transfer student, as colleges with be more focused upon your college grades, not your high school grades.</p>

<p>Your high SAT will get you many acceptances. Congrats! The key is to strategically target the right mix of colleges. Very selective colleges won’t overlook a middling GPA, regardless of circumstances. There are just too many superstar applicants to those schools. But some colleges will break themselves to recruit you. Can you get into a great program and a happy and successful college career? Of that I have little doubt. Best of luck to you.</p>

<p>I agree with T26E4. Your lowish GPA will not get you into an ivy league school, however your 2310 SAT will get you to some good schools. There’s a book for those in your situation: <a href=“http://www.amazon.com/Grades-College-Application-Strongest-Admissions/dp/1607743418”>http://www.amazon.com/Grades-College-Application-Strongest-Admissions/dp/1607743418</a></p>

<p>Colleges tend to dislike sob stories. The get tons if them. And a lot of them are a lot worst than yours. Maybe you can let them know in the additional info section, but don’t make it your personal statement,</p>

<p>You might want to seek some colleges that feel very accepting, inclusive, and “happy” to you. It would be nice for you to have a welcoming and embracing undergrad experience, which could go a long way toward some healing. Just 2 cents. Best to you. </p>

<p>Colleges like Susquehanna (super friendly staff and students), Goucher, Hiram, Wooster (likely to be valued by your parents since they’re tops for undergraduate research), Allegheny, Earlham (take lowish GPA applicants and lead them to graduate schools, another one that your parents should approve of), Guilford, UNC Asheville, Simmons (if you’re a girl), Agnes Scott (if you’re a girl), St Kate’s (if you’re a girl) would all love to have you and will be supportive places for you.
You can also apply to large state schools that apply a formula, essentially GPAXSAT: since your SAT is very high, it would mitigate your GPA. I think the highest ranked of those schools would be Penn State, and if you apply in September or October, your odds of getting in would be pretty good.
Just don’t include the story, it sounds more like an excuse than a reason.</p>