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Help with decision: CC or back to UCI?

FLWRFLWR Registered User Posts: 8 New Member
edited October 2008 in UC Transfers
Hi everyone, and thank you for taking the time to read about my situation and to (hopefully) provide some suggestions / advice.

I posted this earlier today on the main Transfer forum and the moderator Andale provided some answers, but he/she suggested I try the UC Transfer forum for more help.

There are a number of posts describing similar situations to mine, however I am hoping for some opinions on what I should do and realistically, what chances I have for success (should I decide to transfer).

I graduated from high school a few years ago, went to UC Irvine for 2 years, and spent the majority of my time there not studying. Of course I regret not applying myself but all excuses aside, I am now a much different person (and student) and I hope to correct my past mistakes by applying myself now. However, my situation is unique in that I did not accumulate many units from UC Irvine (in 2 years I believe I have around 12 semester units' worth of grades from school). The majority of my classes resulted in F's and W's (F's because I didn't bother withdrawing from the courses, stupid I know) but on the bright side, I have a lot of "room" to work with. So, after 2 years @ UCI, I dropped out, and took a year off from school. This fall semester I returned to a local community college and have started a full semester of courses to get back into the routine of school. Now, here is my question(s):

Do I go back to UC Irvine after this semester and try to start fresh and hope I can study hard and graduate from UC Irvine?

or

Do I stay @ my current community college for 2 years, finish up my GE's and requirements to transfer, and apply to a bunch of other in-state and out-of-state schools (hoping for USC)?

I know the one thing people on this forum hate most is listening to kids whine about having bad grades in the past and how they're going to change their lives and get 4.0's for the next 5 semesters and then try to transfer to Cornell or Dartmouth, but realistically, I can see myself maintaining an upward positive grade trend and probably doing substantially better @ this current community college than most students here.

Do I have a shot at a decent private school (in-state or out-of-state)? I know some board members have great success stories, similar situations to mine and transferring to USC after a nice run @ a community college, so I'm hoping for some input and some honest advice.

Basically what it boils down to - is there a chance that I can transfer successfully to USC given my current situation and assuming I decide to stick with the community college route to finish my GE's? I know it's been done but I am just wondering if anyone can offer suggestions as to what I should do. Please help and thanks again for for taking your time to help a nervous (but optimistic) student!

- Flower

Replies to: Help with decision: CC or back to UCI?

  • FLWRFLWR Registered User Posts: 8 New Member
    Also, here are some stats for those of you willing to offer an opinion on whether or not (with a string of great semesters at my current community college) I can transfer to USC / other privates. Thanks again in advance for your help and support.

    Competitive public California high school
    GPA @ graduation: ~3.8 weighted / ~3.2 unweighted
    Lots of honors / AP

    SAT I - 1430 out of 1600 (720 math, 710 verbal)
    SAT II - something like 700 math 1c, 700 writing, 800 foreign language

    College acceptances (senior year of high school):
    all UC's (minus UCLA, Berkeley), NYU, Pepperdine.

    Again, not to try to justify my high school GPA but I didn't study as much as I should have - my SAT scores are a result of many weekends spent at an SAT prep academy (lol, I guess they do work)

    Right now I have 4 classes @ community college (12 units) and currently I know where I stand in 3 of my 4 classes:

    2nd English composition course - A
    English (creative writing / short story writing) - A
    Intro philosophy - A minus
    Intro to poli sci - No clue (take midterm on Thursday)

    That's about it, 2 years at UCI, tried community college after UCI and withdrew from the semester to travel, work, gather myself for a year -> now in community college for fall semester.

    What should I do? What can I do?

    - Flower
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