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How can I get accepted into UCLA even with bad grades?

Hey guys, so I really want to go to UCLA for their amazing film program, but my grades are pretty underwhelming. Apart from improving my GPA in my remaining time, what can I do to make my application stand out and have a shot at getting accepted? Would appreciate any advice, thanks in advance!

9 months ago

Hey there! It's great to hear that you're interested in UCLA's film program. Even though your GPA might not be where you'd like it to be, there are still ways for you to make your application stand out.

First and foremost, you'll want to focus on creating a strong personal essay. The essay is your opportunity to showcase who you are beyond your academic performance. Try to get really personal and tell a compelling story about yourself or an experience that reflects your passion for film.

In addition to the personal essay, you can also consider submitting a standout portfolio of your film work. Many film schools are more interested in your creative potential than your academic background, so showcasing your best film projects could make a real difference.

Lastly, don't underestimate the power of recommendation letters. Reach out to teachers, mentors, or even professionals you've collaborated with on film projects who can vouch for your creative abilities and dedication to film.

Keep in mind it's also essential to research and apply to other schools with great film programs as backup options. While you can definitely work on making your application stand out, it's always a good idea to cast a wider net too. Good luck!

9 months ago

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