April 17, 2012 7:31 PM Subscribe
I'm seriously fucking up my senior year of High school. Senioritis is just the worst. Is [my university] going to drop my scholarships or acceptance? I need to know if I have to take drastic measures now to prevent screwing up my whole life.
posted by NotSoSiniSter to Education (32 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
So a little background info, I'm going to [my university] for Engineering. I got a $6500 a year scholarship, for academics, which I though was nothing impressive, A's and B's though high school. Lots of honors classes, 27 ACT (29 math 26 reading 27 reading 28 science if I remember correctly) I think its because they are in the process of expanding their engineering program to compete with some higher tier schools. I also got a FIRST scholarship for $5000 a year for my intense involvement in the program. I also got a $3000 a year grant from FASFA and a $7000 no interest loan a year as well. I might be a little off on the FASFA stuff, but basically, the cost a year for me is like $23,000 or so. Losing a scholarship would be the worst burden I could put on my parents, since their paying for my college tuition.
There are two classes right now that I'm taking that I'm barely passing. Calc II and Spanish III. I'm getting a 60.4% and a 62% respectively.
My defense for sucking so hard in Calc II is I barely got through Calc I last year, I was getting around 60% but managed to scratch a 70% at the end by getting an 80% on the final. Then comes summer break, and a whole semester of school, then Calc II. And I'm thrown into a class of people that are mostly all fresh out of Calc I from the first semester. My school decided to combine the AP Calc II with the regular Calc II. We get different tests, but the homework is mostly the same and I'm lost trying to figure out what kind of problems I should be studying up on, and what problems I would only see if I was taking AP.
As for Spanish, I made a huge mistake. I originally had this BRILLIANT idea of trying to decide what college I wanted to go to as soon as possible. I was originally settled on [different university]. I qualified for a $21,000 over 4 years academic scholarship except for one thing, I needed one more year of a language class. So I had to take Spanish. The last time I took Spanish was my freshmen year of high school, and I barely got by getting B's in both classes. But I needed this one class, so I went to my councilor, and wanted to switch into Spanish, ignoring her pleas to take it over the summer because it might be an easier class at a community college. But filling my summer with school didn't go over well with me, so I enrolled, dropping two super easy electives. My mom who is usually on my back about my grades (I thank her for it now) was really chill about it, she said she knew it would be difficult, but I should just shoot for a C. So I went into this class thinking it would be easy to get a C. After bombing the midterm, I'm down to a low D. I made the switch to [my university] when I realized the music scene is really bare up in [other university], and realized that [my university] would be better for me, especially after the cost came down to what [other university] would be. Don't need this class at all any more, and I missed my chance to switch out of it when the new term rolled around. Idiot mistakes.
I'm asking this question now because I've really hit rock bottom. In Spanish III today, I got called out for using a translator and lifting some sentences off of Spanish Wikipedia. Really stupid thing. Teacher phoned home, she didn't take it to administration thank god, but now I have to rewrite the whole thing after school using nothing but a dictionary and book sources. I stare at my Calc homework and its all hieroglyphs to me, nothing makes sense. I'm sitting here now listening to my mom bitch to my dad downstairs about my grades, like shes done for the last month. Sister ran away to college with my freshly bought Ipad because its a "distraction", and my mom has hidden half my toys like any good parent would. I'm seriously depressed and unmotivated to do anything about the situation right now.
This is why I come here, do I need a complete 180 right now to prevent fucking up my whole life? I talked to two different people about scholarships and [my university]. Both of them had a sister/cousin that fucked up their senior years but still kept their hefty scholarships and admission to [my university]. But I've read plenty of stories of just the opposite to other schools. Both classes at my school are not requirements, and I have enough credits to graduate even if I failed both. Right now, my goal is just to simply prevent myself from seeing an F on my transcript.
Should I talk to my councilor? What could she do for me? My spanish teacher knows its been forever since my last spanish class, but isn't the kind thats going to let me cut corners.
Just, tell me like it is...
Thank you. Mefi <3