A fresh start at 23?
March 19, 2006 12:00 PM Subscribe
For a friend: How do I get a fresh start at college?
Backstory: I'm a 23 year old high school graduate who has been struggling with clinical depression the past several years. During this time I have been enrolled in a Big 10 university, and while I've received good grades in the classes I've put an effort into (even decent scroes in the few I only showed up for the tests in), I've done so poorly in the ones I've not gone to that my GPA is completely marred. I've gone through every possibility within the university to resurrect my GPA, but have hit a brick wall. I finally feel like I have control over my life, like I know what I want, but now that I've dug myself in so deep a hole here that I can't get out.
I would like to get a fresh start at a new school as a freshman, without transfering credits, but it has been so long since I've gone through the application process that I'm unsure of what to do next, especially considering my circumstances.
I graduated high school with a 3.2 GPA and a 1325 SAT score. I was involved in newspaper, band, photography, and the National Young Leader's Association. Also, the past several years I've volunteered with PAWS. I am very interested in travel, writing, art, reading, and theater. I also would not be opposed to going to school overseas (English speaking countries). A school with a girl's rugby team would also be great. I also have no restrictions on schools within the United States. My goal through all of this is to meet new and interesting people while getting a great education.
Questions: How do I do this? I'm not a senior in high school applying anymore, so I'm not too sure what to do. Also, what would be some good schools to look into? Any stories or advice would be greatly appreciated.
Note from Loto: Sorry about the length, just wanted to get as much info in since she does not have an account. I will be posting more info as needed, though.