I'm applying to several programs this fall, but I'm unsure of my chances of admission. I've been reading some similar threads, and I see that some people applying to some of the same programs have significantly higher GPA's and more work experience. I had been under the impression that my internships and volunteer experience might make up for a low GPA. I have a pretty diverse resume, but most of it is pretty light on substance - teaching english in an impoverished nation, internships with land conservation groups (with little responsibility) and most recently a one year AmeriCorps term with a local land trust. My reason for applying to school is because of the poor job market and also because I didn't really devleop real marketable skills in my previous work experience. I'm really interested in the field, but unsure of whether I should set my sights on something a little more tangible and maybe a little less competitive. Any advice would be appreciated.
Oh and my GPA was 2.8 in a self-designed environmental studies degree highly relevant to planning - land use law, urban economics, environmental economics, GIS, planning methods, planning studio and others.
GRE was 600 verbal, 550 math
schools I'm considering are:
Cal Poly SLO
University of Oregon
Simon Fraser University
and maybe UT Austin and UCLA just cause...
Thanks for reading