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Soooo I really want to get into California Polytechnic University San Luis Obispo, and im wondering if i am on track(my grades slipped 2nd sem freshman year of HS)
Honors English A/B
Introduction to Engineering/design A/B
Spanish 1 A/A
Honor English A/B
Honors Chemistry A/A
World Cultures (history) A/A
Principles of Engineering A/A
Spanish 2 A/A
Algebra 2 A/A
Honors Physics A/A
AP US History A/B
AP English 11 B/B
Spanish 3 A/A
Biotechnical Engineering A/A
The 3 Engineering classes ive taken are part of a PLTW program, should it help? Also i have Lots of school programs/clubs ive taken part in, no volunteer work specifically engineering though but clubs i have engineering.
Or your high school counselor (who may be the same person as ^ depending on your school).
Also, it depends in part on what subject/degree program you are interested in applying for. Your SAT score looks good, and the fact that you have actively been pursuing engineering classes may help (cannot hurt).
A couple of tips though:
2) Do some kind of community service, even if it's small, if you can do so with out hurting your grades. Academic institutions love that for some dumb reason.
3) Make your resume now, and update it frequently. Since you are in high school, make sure to include any awards you have gotten for academia or important academic competition (like having good grades or winning regionals/state in debate or a robotics competition). Include things both in the field you want to pursue and outside said field.
4) If you are not accepted, you can still be later. However, it may be worth while to take core classes (like english, history, college algebra, etc) at a community college where it's cheaper, and it will show the place you are interested in that you can achieve at the secondary education level.
5) Try to write a good statement letter; write it so that it's memorable, but not over the top or cheesy.
6) Visit the college if you can, and meet faculty in the department you are interested in. Try to get them to become familiar with you. This *could* help in admissions. The admissions usually talk to the department, and if you meet the basic requirements, it's up to the department to accept you, usually.
Edited by Nachtstier on 9/15/2012 12:12 PM PDT
Oh, I skipped over the part where the OP said they were applying to college. Gogo scanning through stuff >_<
Edited by Snozberries on 9/15/2012 12:29 PM PDT
Yeah, but if he knows where he want's to go, then he can still talk to the undergrad adviser for that dept, so still a good tip.
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What's the point?
A college degree doesn't guarantee a "good" job in the Obama economy of onerous regulations and confiscatory rates of taxation on job creators. After you graduate, there's a good chance you'll be waiting on me while I'm at dinner and you'll still have $40,000 in student loan debt to pay off.
I'm not even a good tipper, either.
Edited by Sodömy on 9/17/2012 9:50 PM PDT
Correct, a college degree does not guarantee a job. And never has.
How many years of education past high school a person needs to even be considered for a job depends entirely on what field and position they're applying to. And more than likely that degree will not guarantee a straight path to that position.
But not applying themselves at all does guarantee an applicant will be skipped over in certain fields.
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