I'm a second year student who has had a terrible semester. I don't live in a great place this year and I became really unhappy because of it. I'm also involved with too many extra curricular activities and took an extra course (biochemistry) that all together brought my GPA (and motivation) down incredibly.
I'm positive next semester will go much better, I've taken a step back and analyzed my situation and what I need to do to bring my GPA back up (I might take some summer courses too). Lucky for me, the course I'm doing terribly in isn't a math course that contributes to my major, and the other two courses I anticipate I'll end with a B/B+.
If anyone has any advice on what else I can do to make my applicant profile look better for grad school, I'd really appreciate it. I'm planning on asking professors to see if they'd be willing to take me in for research, hopefully my stellar math grades will make up for the crap ones I've got this semester.
Otherwise, I'm hoping to take the Putnam and GRE of course, but if anyone has a similar experience, I'd really appreciate hearing about it.