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Will Repeated Junior Year Hurt BFA Hopeful?

Question: I'm a kid who came from an abusive household and during 10th and 11th grade it affected my grades. I went from a 3.4 G.P.A. to 1.8 G.P.A. I had to repeat the 11th Grade. I was adopted right before my repetition of the 11th grade. In repeating the 11th grade I decided to take AP classes for the first time. I took AP Lit, AP Lang, AP Government, and AP Economics. Except for Economics I passed all the exams and I raised my G.P.A to 2.9 unweighted 3.3 weighted. I also participated in the Drama program becoming a Cabinet member and an inducted member of the International Thespian Society. Over the summer I worked as a technician at a professional theatre and recently became an actor in a viral campaign for a comedy. Now, in 12th grade, I'm taking AP Physics, AP Statistics, AP World History, AP U.S. History, and AP Psychology. I plan on pursuing a career in theatre and I'm trying to get into a B.F.A acting program. Is repeating the 11th grade going to hurt my college chances?

It sounds as if repeating the 11th grade was exactly the right thing for you. Colleges will not hold this against you. In fact, it will probably actually work in your favor, since you obviously did such an excellent job of climbing back onto a good academic and extracurricular track.

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