Best route to a nicer future
February 3, 2010 9:02 AM Subscribe
I'm about to finish second year of Software Engineering at my mid-tier Canadian university and have no intention of continuing any further. I'd like to transfer into one of the more prestigious colleges in the US, although getting in seems like a complete crapshoot given my current circumstances. What course of action can I take in the coming months that would greatly increase my chances of being accepted?
posted by anonymous to Education (12 answers total)
tl;dr Summarized Backstory:
I've wanted to get away for several years now. My immediate family is slowly driving me insane with all their nonsense and drama. I've been battling with depression since junior year of high school and that took a major toll on my academics. Freshman year and a slight change of scenery helped somewhat, but the feelings of inadequacy and uselessness came right back. This combined with new-found freedom and doing all the wrong drugs at all the wrong time ensured that I would quite stupidly fuck myself over and end up with a nice string of C's and failing Calc II (none of this was ever revealed to my family).
I did manage to pull myself together and stop dicking around by late fall last year and have been working steadily to fix my GPA and develop good work habits. I've basically cut myself off from everyone around me and my only focus now is my coursework, which I enjoy very much. However, I have little happiness in my life beyond that. As much as I love my family, I absolutely cannot continue living with them. Right now I have no friends and no major accomplishments. I feel stifled and cloistered in this environment and want to get far away from here as soon as I can and start over fresh on my own terms.
Getting my degree is vital. No question about that. My current school is quite decent and I don't want to waste all this time and effort applying somewhere that isn't any more renowned or more academically enriching. Currently looking at some of the top engineering schools in the US [Caltech, MIT, Stanford, CMU, etc.]. Other suggestions are appreciated.
My current GPA, after an atrocious first year stands at around 2.6/4.0. I expect it to be around 3.0 by the end of this year. I scored 2030 on the SATs I took back in 2007, if that might be of any relevance.
Transfer applications to all the schools I'm considering are due soon but I'm probably not even going to bother to get in for Fall '10 (unless someone can convince me otherwise).
Instead, What I'm considering is taking a semester or a year off. This is where you guys come in:
- What can or should I do during this time to maximize my chances of being accepted to my desired college?
Community college courses to boost GPA? Summer courses at the institution I wish to attend? Cure cancer?
- Is this even a good plan? Is there something I should seriously consider or any alternate paths I should take?
This sort of thing would be best to know now.
I have accumulated a decent amount of savings, enough to support myself for a while, but would rather not dip into it at all, if possible. In fact the plan is to work or do a co-op/internship somewhere and pay off as much current and future student debt as possible.
Thanks in advance for all responses . Any and all input is welcome as this is rather huge.
(Anonymous as a few IRL people I know visit this site and I'd rather not have some of this information linked to my account.)