Skip to main content
4 answers
4
Asked 600 views

Should I address my upward curve in my college app?

I'm currently a high school sophomore and I'm doing much better than when I was a freshman. When I was a freshman, the worst I'd get was straight C's with a few B's here and there. I raised my GPA from a 2.8 to a 3.1 on a 4.0 scale. Currently, as a sophomore, I'm excelling in all my classes and I don't have anything lower than a B+ on any of my classes. When applying to college, should I address this upward curve whether it be on an essay or interview? #college #college-admissions #college-advice #college-application

+25 Karma if successful
From: You
To: Friend
Subject: Career question for you

4

4 answers


1
Updated
Share a link to this answer
Share a link to this answer

Jono’s Answer

Hi there Gabriela - first of all, congrats on the achievement! That is no small task and certainly deserves a HUGE round of kudos for the hard work that must have went into improving your grades. I absolutely would address the upward curve, candidly, in your admissions essay. You can also speak with a college admissions representative about your experience and progress to augment your application. Celebrate the achievement as a learning opportunity and one that your are both humbled by, for the lessons it caught you, as well a pride for making the uphill battle.


You got this!


Jono

1
0
Updated
Share a link to this answer
Share a link to this answer

Yasemin’s Answer

Hi Gabriela! Congratulations, that is amazing and I am sure that you definitely put in a lot of hard work to get there! That being said I most definitely would include it; when I was a senior writing my college essay I actually talked about academic hardships as well. I struggled a lot in math and got a D as a freshmen which also affected my GPA but then I devoted to working hard and ending up being on the honor roll all throughout sophomore year. I think it's an excellent talking point because it shows perseverance, dedication and overcoming obstacles, which are important as a college candidate or even in life in general. Keep up the good work!

Best of luck!
0
0
Updated
Share a link to this answer
Share a link to this answer

Paul’s Answer

Yes, you should definitely address this. While most colleges will tend to focus on your sophomore and junior years when reviewing your application, you can bring attention to your upward curve it in your essay by emphasizing the challenges you overcame to raise your GPA.

0
0
Updated
Share a link to this answer
Share a link to this answer

Richard’s Answer

You should address the upward curve. Give an explanation of the earlier poor performance without sounding like you are making excuses.
0