A latebloomer trying to find his place in the world

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Hello all,

Long time lurker of PGRE applicants here. Roughly ten years ago, I started my academic journey humbly at a local community college. I was a horrible student in high school who never did homework or never found interest in academics. In fact, I nearly flunked out.

At the beginning of college I was also a bad student but then progressively became better and I started to gain interest in math and physics. A few years later, I transferred to my flagship university (pretty good public school, good physics rep) and had a mediocre start. I had poor preparation from my community college, an absent support system, a destructive mindset, and nonexistent study habits.

After a few years, I also flunked out again. Fast forward another six or so years, I enroll in a flagship university in a different state. At this point in time, through life's challenges in the previous years, my mindset grew significantly. I have been doing well at my present university. I am majoring in math and physics and have been very involved in research. I'm looking to apply to graduate school soon as my senior year is approaching and I could really use some guidance!

Thank you guys in advance! For context, my parents are immigrants from a developing country and I am a first generation student.
 
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