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Damage Control for Junior Downturn Due to Extracurricular Overload

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Question: I'll admit that I haven't been the best student starting the second semester of junior year. I got a girlfriend, led an after-school program (I am president and have been re-elected for president for next year) and worked on an app to help students navigate the college admissions process. I attend church every Tuesday and Thursday from 7 to 10 pm. And as a result of my distraction and trying to manage all of the extracurricular activities, my grades slipped. Is there *anything* I can do to prove that my time junior year was spent productively (coding an app, leading programs, etc.) or to show that I learned my lesson and that I would become more focused senior year? Anything helps -- thank you so much.

“The Dean" (the one answering this question who has never been an actual dean of anything) is a big fan of extracurricular involvement. I realize that the endeavors teenagers pursue outside the classroom can offer benefits that endure long after the lessons of algebra and AP Latin have been forgotten. But real deans — the ones who will be reading your college applications — may be less forgiving when it comes to your sagging GPA.

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