I graduated with a 2.37 cumulative GPA. I’m not making excuses, but I’m sure a portion of those poor grades were related to being overcommitted to campus activities (for instance, senior year I was a Residence Advisor, club president, work study employee, volunteer college DJ, etc. (yes, there’s more)).
Anyhow, is it even worth it to take the GREs? I think I could do pretty well on them, but would any score ever make up for that terrible GPA? Can I actually get into graduate school?
You’ll need to check out the admissions requirements for the schools and programs you want to apply for. The school I applied to (a small-but-good state school) required a 3.0 for regular admission or a 2.75 for probationary/conditional admission. Some schools and programs require more, and some require less.
You may be able to apply to a school as a non-degree student to take classes for a semester or two, and then apply with those classes added to your GPA. Depending on the school’s policies, sometimes a few credit hours (a semester, maybe two) that aren’t required for your undergraduate degree can be applied toward graduate credit once you are accepted into a program.
You’ll need to focus though and not over-extend yourself with extracurriculars, as fun as they are. I believe that where there’s a will, there’s a way, so look around for programs that you might qualify for or ask your local universities if they offer non-degree programs for potential graduate students.