I don't have a high ACT score, should I still take chemical engineering?

Hey, I will be a senior next year in high school,also I've always wanted to be a chemical engineer since 7th grade when it was introduced to me. I took chemistry and physics I earned an A in chemistry and a B in physics. I loved both subjects, but I have a 2.97 unweighted gpa and a 3.8 weighted gpa and I'm African American, a member of NSBE, apart of my schools track team,mentor, tutor,and work part time. I do not have a high ACT score but I am retaking it , so my question is should I still pursue chemical engineering or should I choose another career? Also,what schools would be best for me?
P.S - Sorry I wrote a paragraph :)
posted by Jessy96, Chicago on July 10, 2014

Answer by Dr. Sunita Satyapal

Hi,

Thanks for your questions.  If you are interested in the field, then it’s great that you are considering chemical engineering.  With an A in Chemistry and a B in Physics, that is an excellent start.  The main thing is your interest and what you would like to do ultimately with a chemical engineering degree.  There is a lot of information online about the top schools for chemical engineering.

For example, you can see:

http://voices.yahoo.com/top-10-best-chemical-engineering-undergraduate-schools-5353821.html

or

http://www.ehow.com/list_6507551_undergraduate-chemical-engineering-schools.html

MIT, Stanford, UC Berkeley, U. MN, U. of TX (Austin), U. of Wisconsin Madison, UC Santa Barbara, U. of Delaware- are all examples.

But one of the most important things is to get a feel for the type of school you like- large ivy league or a state school.  If possible you should visit or at least view their websites.

As for getting your GPA up, you can practice other skills like test taking and study habits.  A book you may be interested in is Dancing with Your Books, the Zen Art of Studying.  It helps develop concentration skills and study habits. There are numerous other sources to help with increasing focus and improving your overall grades, regardless of subject.