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Exclamation Please help me, I'm so worried about college? - December 29th 2009, 10:41 AM

I am a sophomore in high school. I have taken Honors classes since Freshman year, and that wasn't my best year. I got basically all C's, although since most were Honors classes, they will appear on my Transcript as B's. I'm not dumb, or unmotivated, I was going through a very rough time in my life and school just added onto the stress of it all. I am now a sophomore, have pulled all of my grades up to A's and B's. I am terrified about college. I have desperately wanted to get into Brown University since I was 7, and now I'm extremely worried that my grades in Freshman year will completely debunk that dream. What can I do? I am a young writer and have been published in an actual book, and have written many pieces for valued newspapers. I am a member of 3 clubs at my school and do tons of community service and partake in an after school program for photography. I just don't know how greatly my Freshman grades will affect whether I get into Brown or not?
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Re: Please help me, I'm so worried about college? - December 29th 2009, 08:44 PM

For most colleges your junior and senior grades are the ones that count, but since Brown is a prestigious school it depends on they're admissions policy.

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Re: Please help me, I'm so worried about college? - December 30th 2009, 12:36 AM

I would honestly talk to an admissions counselor about how it will affect you. Normally your freshman year isn't looked at too closely, like Katie said, your junior and senior year are more important. I would focus on the classes you have no and try to do your best. You should like a very successful student and that you are working hard towards your goals. Remember that your extra activities can help when you enter a college, and it sounds like you have a lot of them. I think that if you just continue you will be fine.
If you talk to school counselor now it could also help you figure out where you need to go with your life.
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Re: Please help me, I'm so worried about college? - December 30th 2009, 01:03 AM

A few questions:

What will your transcript actually show for your freshman year? Cs or Bs?
-If you got a flat 3.0, and then pulled a 3.9+ rest of high school, you will be fine.

Are you an under represented minority?
-Helps a lot...

Have you talked to a Brown's admissions officer?
-I know it sounds lame, but if you are talking to them about admissions standards in sophmore year, they will be a little impressed by your interest. Even though it's just a small note on your profile, it looks good.

Are you still taking honors classes?
-Obviously, it is nigh impossible to get into an Ivy if you don't take a heavy workload.

Reallyyyy work hard on your extra curriculars that involve your creative talent, it will make you seem unique and a solid addition to the Brown's hipster community

I felt like I needed to respond because I already applied to Brown last week. GPA 3.53 UW / 3.8ish W, 34 ACT, 2180 SAT, plus I submitted my 4 best short stories, my mediocre artwork, and my band's reallyyy shitty demo.

So if I get accepted/denied, you will have some reference point

good luck!

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