Hi all, I'm new to the board and have a question. First i will give some background. I'm currently in 10th grade and am doing quite well in school. In 9th grade I did not do good since i was not motivated and just did not care about it. I can tell you that now I am very motivated, and have been for almost a year. I have a gift at understanding math and am willing to do anything to succeed now. Since my gpa is rather low because of my freshmen year, if i get straight A's until the end of my senior year, the highest my gpa potentially get to is a 3.73. I fully believe that i will get all A's, because of my motivation level(and the fact i got all A's this year in 10th grade so far). I have a strong interest in physics, hence why I am on this board now, and i want to go to a prestigious college once I'm out of highschool. Now getting to the question, what is every single thing I can do to make my chances of getting into such a university higher? I am willing to try just about anything and everything just as long as it even slightly helps me get into a good university. I would get into U of A with ease, but getting into MIT is a different story, you know. I already know that i should take as many honors and AP classes as possible, but what about extra curricular activities and other things like that? I have spent countless hours finding out what things would help me get into such a college, I want to make sure that I did not miss a single thing. I appreciate your help. CLIFF NOTES: I messed up 9th grade, now im doing good in 10th grade and am motivated, what will make my chances of getting into a good college higher? Also, if you have any questions about anything, do not hesitate to ask.