I had pretty poor grades last year, my first at college (~1.9 GPA - 2 D's, D+, B, A-). I picked it up during the Spring semester, ending with a ~2.9 semester GPA, and am now heading into Sophomore year with a 2.3 cumulative GPA. I know it's bad but I'm planning on getting really good grades in next semester's classes. I also go to one of the schools most notorious for grade deflation. The combination of culture shock, poor HS preparation, and spreading myself too thin were contributing factors to my poor grades but overall I just didn't manage my time well enough. However, it's not as if I didn't try my best in those classes. I went to office hours, study sessions, everything. The bad test grades I got at the beginning of the semester brought my grade down enough to where I was too far in the hole to climb out. I didn't fail any classes, though. I feel from this experience I have learned a lot and it has humbled me. I can better manage my time (something I've struggled with since HS), and even though my end of semester grades don't reflect it I feel like I now have a good base in those subjects I did poorly in. Though the semester started out poorly I improved in each class and got good grades on my final exams. If I had to take the courses again I would do significantly better than I did the first time. In HS I had amazing grades, sports participation, numerous leadership positions, and community service. I have continued/excelled with everything except the grades while in college. How heavily weighted are grades for re-applicants? And is it possible to get appointed with sub par grades like mine? Do college candidates ever get recommended for NAPS? I just submitted my pre-application and my situation is weighing heavily on my mind. I've been looking through these forums and elsewhere online but haven't found many opinions. Any help is appreciated, thanks.