I am a junior (C/O 2023) from Northern California. UC Davis, UC Irvine, and UC San Diego are my targets (I have pretty decent extracurriculars). My overall UC unweighted GPA will be a 3.83 while my weighted GPA will be a 4.48 if I can get straight A's this semester as well. My sophomore year was entirely online and it took a great toll on my mental health and worsened some of my ADHD symptoms (I think it's a cliche thing to talk about in my essays though). Since we've returned to in person school I've managed straight A's and picked up some of my extracurriculars quite a bit. I took 4 weighted classes my Sophomore year while this year I am taking 4 weighted classes in school as well as 4 dual enrolled community college classes relevant to my intended major (Cognitive Science). I was hoping with a great essay I could have a chance at UCLA or UCB. I was hoping my upward curve would show progress or something of that sort to admission officers though it might be a reach anyway. What do you all think?
In my opinion I think you have a great chance on getting into your target colleges. It would be helpful to know more about you extracurricular.
On the common application, colleges normally give you a section (optional) to write about certain factors of your high school career that resulted in you having an unfair advantage compared to your peers (not exactly unfair, but something that contributed negatively to parts of your application) - this is where you could talk about ADHD + remote setting.
Your boost in your GPA is not something to really worry about. Your upward curve would, as you said, show improvement and drive. Just try to take as many AP classes as possible and focus a lot of your attention on extracurriculars (it would help to know these so I can give you an accurate idea of your likelihood of getting into UCLA or UCB).
Hope this helped!
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