(part 2/2) to As the following semester. I am now in my senior year, and I am maintaining As and my family situation/mental health are stable. My problem is now, my GPA dropped from a 4.3 to a 3.8, or 3.3 unweighted, and there are Fs on my transcript. This drastically affects my college options and admissions chances, and I'm not sure how to approach this in apps. I have strong standardized test scores, a unique EC, and good letters of rec, but I'm worried about how adcoms will view my grades.@Anonymous
Make sure you explain why you had a drop in your grades, and really really explain it to the admissions. Also, grades aren’t everything, so if they see that you are a stronger candidate in all the other aspects of college admissions, they can possibly consider you. Most likely, they will want to see that you can recover from these personal circumstances, and to me it seems that you did well! Don’t let that fear stop you! DO everything that is in your power to make sure your application is on point, and I’m sure admissions will see how awesome you are.
I can’t really say what Wellesley’s or other colleges’ view on your situation is, but have faith and go for it! I’ll be rooting for you!
Hey Rachel! I'm a clueless and kinda overwhemled first year, and was wondering if you could give me some tips on studying for classes/what tests are like and such. Especially for science courses like Bio 110 and Neur 100 if you have any experience with them. Or even good places to study? Also any advice about navigating the MIT social/dating scene? Thanks!@Anonymous
DUDE IT’S HARD AND OVERWHELMING. I took both neuro 100 and bio 110, so you’re in luck. For neuro, STUDY WITH A GROUP. Neuro has a lot of conceptual aspects to it that you probably need to talk out with a group. ALSO go to all the SI sessions. LIKE FORREAL. Also, make sure you 100% understand your pset problems. In addition, I would say for you to review your class notes immediately after your class ( or the day of), and constantly review these notes throughout the semester.
For Bio 110, make sure you understand every.single.step of all the processes and cycles and etc. Do all the extra practice problems, and try to make sure you memorize a lot of the details you talk about it class. Again, for this class, make sure you go to office hours and review notes often. I would also recommend drawing your own flow charts and tables to help you organize what you need to know.
I’m actually making a post on my blog about my favorite places to study in Boston, so look out for that!!!
ANd MIT is what it is. That is all. Take it all one step at a time.
Hi Rachel! I am in the process of applying to colleges (including Wellelsley) and my situation is complicated. I have maintained straight As with a rigorous courseload all throughout HS, but during the first semester of my junior year, depression and anxiety took a toll on me, my mother's bipolar tendencies worsened, and my grades dropped immensely. I was afraid to go to class, and that resulted in my As becoming Fs. I reached out to my school counselor, and my grades went back up (part 1/2)@Anonymous