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If my GPA is not stellar, how can I make myself more attractive to the colleges that I wish to attend?

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Dawn’s Answer

My GPA was also not great! However, my last year of HS, I tried a lot more and showed I could do better, which did help me show progress and I made sure to have things to put in my application such as volunteering and being involved in other extracurricular activities. I spent my senior year working in areas I knew I could earn higher grades in and I also volunteered with the elementary school to help be a teaching aide during my free period. I also volunteered at an animal shelter once a week and participated in the yearbook club. I also joined art club. The best part of all of this for me is that it helped me when I started college because it became more natural to involve myself in things, so I joined student government in college and a few other clubs. Now that I am out of college I still do volunteering and do volunteer leadership opportunities at work when I can. It created a really good foundation for me.

Dawn recommends the following next steps:

Work on your current grades so it shows an effort to improve :)
Join a group at school or in your community
Volunteer
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Akarsh’s Answer

Always show colleges that you are working hard on your grades and are still improving them no matter what your GPA is. I started off with an okay GPA in 9th grade, but had a gradual increase in my GPA throughout high school. Additionally, make sure you work on improving your overall application by participating in extracurriculars (aim to become a leader in an organization) and volunteer as much as you can! Every college looks for an applicant that focuses on multiple aspects.
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