I am an international female recent grad from top 10 US undergrad program. My GPA is 3.6 but with strong upward trend, near 4.0 in last two years. Before that I had a gap due to health issues. I was hoping to have my PGRE offset my bad GPA, but somehow I couldn't bring myself to study for it all summer(no excuse, just hated the test), studied for about ten days and ended up with a 770. I have good research experience, with first author in prep and presentations and other author publication.
My top choices were Berkeley physics and Harvard applied physics. I will obviously add more safeties, but should I even bother applying to these anymore? I have tried very hard to maintain a perfect record since my health issues set me back and this is leaving me hopeless.