Hi everyone, So basically, I’m just wondering if anyone could help me on giving me a little advice or maybe what they think what my chances would be on getting into Virginia Tech. I don’t really have anybody to help advise me with stuff like this, so here goes. Basically, i’m worried about my cumulative GPA. It’s not that high. Unweighted, it’s a 3.1. It’s because my freshman and sophomore year, not to make excuses, but I kinda struggled with a lot of things going on at home and the rigor of high school that I had a hard time adjusting to. I pulled a few C’s in my AP classes. But my junior year, at the beginning of the year I found the courage to turn things around for myself because I really wanted to chase after my military dreams, and it’s paid off for me. This year, my GPA’s a 3.8 unweighted in all AP classes as well. Even though I learned a lot through that struggle, I understand that cumulative GPA is painful to look at. Other info: -My SAT score: 1300 -I’ve also been volunteering with the SPCA and at the VA hospital, I have over 150 hours so far, plan to do more this summer before I apply. -New volunteer trainer at the SPCA (finally got a leadership position there) -I’m also getting a part time job this summer. -I’ve played cello competitively for 7 years -I’ve been in varsity orchestra for one year -State/region cellist -principal cellist for three years in a row at my school -section leader at region competitions for orchestra this year -performed at Carnegie Hall in April -I had been running on my own for a long time, but I joined cross country this year to run with the school and make some friends. Really liked it, plan to do it again senior year -I also joined Running Club after school -I took cello lessons after school for 5 years. -I’ve heard being Hispanic, and a first-generation college student is important to them too? -I want to apply for early acceptance, maybe it’ll help? I want to major in Chemistry and join the Corps of Cadets, but I know that big state schools like these worry more about numbers rather than stories. My mistakes from freshman and sophomore year are really dragging me down, but do y’all think what i’ve accomplished so far would compensate for my low cumulative GPA? If not, is there anything I can do besides just apply and see what happens? Should I submit a letter of recommendation even though it says it’s optional? Also, i’m applying out-of-state, I’m from Texas. Thanks so much for any help!