Dude. LSU has a 73.5% acceptance rate.http://colleges.usnews.rankingsandrevie ... rouge-2010
You don't want to go to a fucking school with a 73.5% acceptance rate.
If you already have 4.0s, that shows a good sign of maturity as a freshman. You need to re-adjust your goals higher. LSU can always be your back-up.
If you have financial difficulties, don't worry. The U.S. Govt will always find a way to send you to a good school, if you've earned it.
We're not poor whatsoever, but I don't have oodles of money for college, and LSU has a good band program, and is half an hour from home so i can stay in touch with family (and I have friends there / about to go there)
One of the groups I'm in is the Louisiana Youth Orchestra Percussion Ensamble, and I've been talkin to the director which has helped me a lot. Such as, now I know to audition for a ton of colleges even if I think I'll make LSU.
Really though, I have 2 or 3 more years to narrow down colleges. I'm not really searching thoroughly right now.
Grades is not that important Freshman year, but Sophomore/Jr year is where your grades will matter the most.
Whether this is true or not, I'm gonna keep a 4.0 (as best I can) until I'm accepted into the right college.
If music is your hobby, keep it as your hobby. You can easily join the band if you're good. You don't have to make it your college career.
Computer science is one of the more lucrative undergraduate degrees.
Since your grades aren't a problem, it's time to explore leadership opportunities within your school campus or community.
I've already talked to people about instability and all that -- Music will be my major unless I physically can not play anymore. Also, as far as being in band, I've been in:
School band 5th-9th grade
Marching band 9th
Honor Band 7th-9th
Lessons 8th (starting again when I get my license)
(yes, I am keeping a record for when I fill out forms for college)