2 years ago
Admissions Advice

how can improve my profile. i want to study psychology, to become a family therapist.

I'm not a part of any sports currently. this is my junior year with a 3.5 GPA. hoping that I can get a 4.0 by the end of my senior year. I'm not sure if it's possible. Gpa falls easily then rising up.

with that being said, I'm working long hours at a nursing home trying to gain experience and make my profile look good. I am also confused about IB classes, what are those specifically?

next, when should I start applying for colleges? and how does financial aid work? As for SAT, I haven't taken that yet only the PSAT I'm not happy with my score, so I took classes to help improve my test-taking skills for when I take the SAT.

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2 years ago

While it's not mathematically possible to reach an exact 4.0 GPA by graduation, you can certainly bump your GPA up to a competitive 3.7/3.8 through strong academic performance. A GPA in that range can get you accepted to top schools so long as the other parts of your application, e.g. your essays and ECs, are exceptional.

It is good that you are working at a nursing home - this shows your passion for psychology and therapy.

IB classes are college-prep classes that based on an internationally standardized curriculum. Students all across the world can take the same IB classes which teach the same concepts. IB classes conclude with standardized tests. By taking a certain amount of IB classes, one can earn an internationally recognized IB diploma.

This CollegeVine blog post has more information about the overall college application process. Hope this helps!

2 years ago

Firstly, not sure if it's a good idea to give out your email, community guidelines say no giving out personal information.

I'm going to be honest, as a junior with a ~3.75 GPA, it's probably too late for both of us to get a 4.0 GPA. I don't know anything about IB unfortunately, so I'll let someone else answer that. If your school offers AP classes, definitely try taking AP Psychology in your senior year, look at the course description on collegeboard.com.

Nursing home volunteer hours are definitely something that will strengthen your profile, good on you for doing that. We'll start applying this summer probably, they are generally due by November 1 but this varies by college deadlines of course. Now is a good time to research colleges and build a list.

It's good to prep for the SAT, as there are only a few dates left to take it before college apps are due, and you should sign up soon! Make sure you know the material besides having strong test-taking skills - Khan Academy and tutors are good for that. Good luck!

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Unweighted GPA: 3.7
SAT: 720 math
| 800 verbal


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