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I've been going to college now for since 2008. After failing to get into a military academy (Didn't have the connections) I went to Illinois State as a hopeful Social Studies Teacher for the middle school level (preferably). My first semester I didn't do so well (2.5 GPA) because I was in that phase of adjusting between the High School and College level academics. The following semester I did a lot better and managed to raise my cumulative GPA to 2.68. My academic adviser at the time encouraged me to apply to the history department so that I could start working on higher level courses history while raising my GPA. In between there I missed a semester due to military service obligation and returned the following spring semester. When I returned I got my GPA .8 higher than the minimum for the major at the time (2.7). However, the GPA requirement raised to 3.0. This semester was a pretty tough semester and I only increased my maximum cumulative GPA to 2.85.
Basically I'm starting to worry. I'm not in my intended major and am now a junior at my school and time is running out. After this semester I will have finished all of my gen eds and need to pick a minor after the spring semester. I don't really know of a minor that goes well with History other than Education. While I how worthless history degrees are I don't want to be stuck with college debt with a deadbeat job. I started to look around my state and discovered a few colleges that have a lower GPA requirement and a few out of state colleges also have a lower GPA requirement. Some are even ranked higher than my college (Illinois State) for education programs. I was starting to think about applying to a different school to transfer, however, I hit a hic up there. I contracted with my school's Military Science department to Commission as an officer. I'm not exactly sure how they'll feel should I decide to transfer schools. I will graduate as a 2nd LT, but getting active duty as a guaranteed job is a risk because the demand for Reserve/Guard Officers is much greater than the demand for active duty officers. For the year I commission the possibility of getting active duty versus reserve duty is all up in statistics and is to far away to judge whether I'll get it or not. Should I get stuck in the reserves however I'd prefer to have a strong career in the civilian world to fall back on.
At this point I'm not really sure what to do other than keep trying to improve my GPA. No matter how much time I put into studying I always average out with an A, solid Bs, and usually a C in a weaker course. I haven't told ROTC my dilemma yet because we aren't on the best of terms (Cadet drama) and I prefer not to have my day ruined by a pissed off NCOIC or Recruiting Officer. Especially that RO. I've also talked to a few friends. A few of them encouraged me to transfer, others say to change the major (A little to late for that), and others say work on the GPA. While I know I'll graduate with a 3.0+ I'm afraid that the 2.5 might've done me in that first semester and I won't have time to raise the GPA up. I guess I'm asking what would you guys recommend.