nausicaa - sorry about your frustrating week. A few things...quite often, teachers will allow you to improve your grade if you are willing to do some sort of extra work or projects. I know, you are already busy enough but it could bring you up a grade, but first you will need to talk to your teacher and let them know how serious you are about improving your grade. Regarding your choice of colleges, they don't always go on grades alone. There are so many other important factors involved in college admissions. Other things to think about would your role and participation in various groups/activities at school and volunteer efforts or involvement in your community. Schools such as Stanford want well rounded people in their community. They get thousands of 4.0 and higher GPA applicants with near 1600 SAT's who don't even get considered. They want students who will bring something interesting into their community and while grades are important, it isn't the only factor addressed during admissions.