I'm applying to grad school wanting to do experimental high-energy physics. My first semester of college, I got a 3.0. Keep in mind at this point, I wasn't taking any physics. I've started getting better grades as my study skills have improved and as I've started taking more physics and math classes (which I've done better at than general-education stuff), and last semester (my sixth--and the first in which I've taken strictly physics and math), I made a 3.8. That said, the improvement up to this point has been pretty gradual, so my overall GPA is still 3.5 with 3.6 in physics and 3.6 in math. To an admissions committee, to what extent do I look like a 3.8-GPA student, and to what extent do I look like a 3.5?