Sep 22, 2004, 10:41 AM
Post #8 of 357
Great advice, everyone.
Re: [wiswriter] importance of your gpa?
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Let me throw this out here: I entered college in 1983 majoring in electrical engineering (why I did this is a novella in itself, but let's just sum it up this way: it was the 80s). I didn't do so well, so I changed to math, and did even worse. Throughout all of this, I was taking English lit and writing courses as a kind of undeclared minor. At the end of my junior year, with lousy grades in everything but English, I was at risk of losing my financial aid. So I wrote (!) a letter to the dean asking that I be allowed to change my major to English. They let me (I had enough credits), I did, and I finished my senior year and graduated with departmental honors in English. My final overall GPA was 2.5, but my English GPA was 3.7.
It's been 17 years since then and I haven't taken a single college course other than concert band. *lol* I intend to go back to school for an MFA in fall 2005. What might you do to improve your chances of getting into a school if you were in my shoes? Is it worth it to explain my story in my personal statement...or should I let my portfolio do the talking?
Nobody but God gets it right the first time. Everybody else has to rewrite. --attributed to Stephen King