KarenButtenbaum wrote:candidlatke wrote:How important is GPA when it's below 3.0?
I.E. Is there a big difference between 2.7 and 2.9 and etc., some people have said that if it's below the 25 percentile line, it'll be thrown into the same pile of "awful GPA."
Furthermore, would it be worth it to withdraw classes (they still show up as a W, but I don't think the UC's are punitive) to boost overall GPA?
Even at the cost of a second major (it's a softer major if anything)
I'm trying to decide plans for this summer and my current plans are to do a summer project/app/start-up with friends to add to my "diversity".
However, if I commit to summer school, I could raise my GPA slightly.
Which would you advise is the smarter decision?
If it makes any difference, I'm planning for applying for the T-14's as a pretty big splitter.
I think that the difference between a 2.7 and a 2.9 is not the same as a .20 difference if we are above the 25th percentile. But that doesn't mean that it's not a difference. In some cases, it will depend on what the transcript looks like. Was there one bad semester? a rough start?
Showing a strong finish could be a good sign or if you could raise it above the 3.0 mark, that would be ideal (there is a bit of a psychological effect on the 3.0 mark). A few W's on your transcript are not generally a problem, but it there is an excessive amount or a pattern of this, it may not look great. The double major doesn't really add much with this GPA, imo.
My advice would be to try to show a strong finish to your education. Would the summer school push graduation to the end of the summer or are you just finishing your junior year now?
Hi Karen, thank you for taking the time to respond.
You see-I worked nearly full time for a significant portion of my undergrad time and had family financial concerns so I'm debating whether or not it's worth writing an addendum about that.
I worked on average 20 hours and had to commute 10 hours every week.
With that being said, the lower GPA trend isn't confined to a single bad semester per se, more so throughout my undergrad career, giving me pause and worry.
I was thinking about retroactively withdrawing a quarter I have taken before that does not impact my main major, in order to bring my GPA up a few decimal points.
In doing so though, they would still show up as W's on the transcript and I would not be able to graduate with my second major.
I'm currently in the works to making a strong finish-I'm no longer working, I'm no longer commuting 10+ hours a week, and my grades are reflecting that.
However, because I'm graduating next year and applying for law school in this fall, this would only be reflected in summer (if I decide to take summer classes) and the quarter I am currently in.
That's why I'm stressing out and wondering if 1. It's prudent to withdraw my weakest quarter that has bearing only to my secondary major, 2. If I have enough reason to write for hardship, 3. What my plans should be this summer, summer school & research for a professor or a personal project to add diversity to my application., and 4. How screwed am I come application time for T-14.
Paying sticker doesn't concern me that much, I already have a mountain-load of undergrad debt and have decided that I want to pursue corporate law as both a means of paying off school debt as well as a stepping stone for my later aspirations.
However, the bigger problem right now is getting in.
I've had a rough patch in the last couple of years with familial problems, depression, and a breakup. The only thing really keeping me together and moving forward right now is the goal, the dream of T-14 and big-law and thus I really don't want to lose sight of it.