Monday, November 8, 2010

Don't take no for an answer if you want to got to school.
( Got bad grades?  Don't give up your hopes of attending college quite yet.  Your application alone could dramatically improve your chances of getting into your school of choice.  Many good colleges won't judge you too harshly if you started out with bad grades that improved over time.  However, if your grades got worse with time, it will require some persistence and creativity on your part to make yourself look appealing to the colleges you are interested in.  Nonetheless, getting into your school of choice with less-than-stellar grades isn't a totally impossible task either. 

Let's be realistic.  You can't expect to get into an Ivy League school if your grades are even remotely bad.  Even a "B" somewhere throughout those four years of high school could ruin your chances of entering the Ivy League.  However, there are plenty of great colleges out there that aren't going to banish you completely because of your bad grades. 

A good standardized test score and bad grades shows that you are smart but that perhaps you need to be in a different learning environment to flourish so make sure you show in your application that the college you are applying to is perfect for you.  A bad test score and bad grades is a little harder to pull off but you can do it if you can make yourself stand out from the crowd.  Here are a few areas that with some work could dramatically increase your chances of being accepted into your college of choice, even if your grades aren't spectacular.

The Admissions Essay

Did family problems prevent you from getting good grades?  Write a prolific essay about your family problems, how it affected your studies, and what you learned from the experience.  Admissions counselors do not use test scores and grades alone to judge your capabilities.  If you have a good reason for why your grades are bad, your admissions essay is your opportunity to shine. 

Admissions counselors are interested in reading your student essay in order to learn more about you as a person.  Your essay serves as a great example of your writing skills as well so make sure it's up to par and free of grammatical errors.  Some great

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