Hello to all of you!
I’m a Sophomore who just received her final grades for the first semester and I'm very worried about how this will affect my chances of getting into Columbia’s Dual BA Degree program. Although I tried very hard this semester, I felt that it just wasn't hard enough (I received a B's and A's). For the majority of my classes, I received A's. I also received A's in Honors English and Social Studies. However, I got B's in P.E. and Ceramics (maybe even Chemistry-- which my teacher has yet to publish the grades).
My grades are something I am really worried about. Other than that, I only have a few extracurriculars, but they are something that I am extremely passionate about. I have been a part of Peer Court for two years now, it is a program where students, such as myself, are given a real case of student misdemeanor and we are to act like attorneys and meet at the courtroom. In addition, I am in my first year of being a Safe School Ambassador, a program that promotes student safety and where we, as ambassadors, make sure that all mistreatment at school is appropriately dealt with. Lastly, as unconventional as it sounds, I run a blog entitled "Ladylike" where I like to express my feministic views and discuss issues that happen to girls and women all over the world.
For the next year, I am planning on joining Link Crew, a program where upperclassmen help freshmen get adjusted throughout their first year. In addition, I am also planning to start a Model United Nations club at my school since I believe that students at my school should be more aware of certain worldwide issues. I’m also fluent in English and Tagalog and I’m currently learning Mandarin and French.
Despite all this, I still feel that I am not reaching my full potential and to get into Columbia, I know that I have to stand out. Right now, I do not think I stand out. My grades are making me anxious and it's making me doubt if I should ever apply to the program or not. I know that it is too early to be worried since I have two more years to go, but every grade counts, right?
So here are just a few questions and maybe, if you could give me any advice as to what I should do regarding my grades.
How will my grades affect my chances?
Are my extracurriculars enough?
Should I be doing more?
Any other tips for me?
I know that this is a little long but I'm just really worried right now.