Hello, I am interested and have been interested in studying in Japan since I was a kid. I never thought the possibility would ever present itself to me until recently when I found out about Ritsumeikan APU, and than later Global 30.
I am 21 years old, and I am currently serving in the US Military, I will be finishing my contract with the Military in a few months and want to be ready for the 2013 Application / Acceptance period.
This aside, I am worried that I may not have performed well enough during my high school years. I am trying to attend 4yrs undergraduate (from there extended to 6yrs or more if applicable)
I am a very bright person and while in school always had high test scores including the nation wide testing scoring in the top percentile for math and reading, but I was a slacker / lazy and did not do my work as I should. I still managed to have a 2.8-3.2 GPA, though I do not remember what my total 4 year average was.
I did take advanced classes to include math and some english. As far as clubs go, I only attended one club which was German Club, so my extra curricular activities are not very much.
I do not know if military service, including time deployed to combat zone, would somehow be considered extra curricular.
Are my chances lowered because of my slacking off during my high school years or does my military background hopefully improve my chances?
What things can I do and work on now to help improve my chances of getting in? I was thinking when I finish my military service working at a homeless shelter and doing other volunteer work, would this help my extra curricular activities?
I am known for performing well in interviews, but I am afraid the first stage of paperwork may not look great if my GPA is not atleast 3.0 and there is a chance it is less, I can not remember.
I can also provide info showing that I was selected as student of the month during my senior year with a GPA of 3.6.
I am sorry if there is already threads like this, but I did not want to steal someone else thread and I could add my own personal material in it.
Please help and thank you!!!!!