I'm a sixteen-year-old sophomore in an IB school in Florida. This past semester I have had many terrible family occurrences that have contributed to a less than stellar performance for my first semester of sophomore year. I had received an A in my AP statistics, Calculus AB, Computer Science A, and Macroeconomics, a B in everything else, and a C in AP literature and Composition. Now my question is, will this C ruin my chances to get into MIT? Now I don't have an MIT-or-bust attitude, I simply want to get into a good school, and since my parents are immigrants from a less than fortunate background, they see MIT as epitomizing their desires for me to have a good education. I also have developed a strong desire to go because a friend of mine, who is currently a freshman there, took me in last year and mentored me in mathematics. Mathematics is my one love which has helped me to get through the tough times. I'm currently working on a big project to create a blog to teach math in the vein of khan academy, but with more of an emphasis on rigorous mathematics. I'm also working on a big Computer Science project that I hope to go to a science fair with, and hopefully go far. I know I'm fully capable of getting straight A's but my grandfather's death in the first semester deeply affected me and my grades fell as a result. What I want to know is, will schools like MIT take this sort of thing into account? I know it's a crapshoot but I am so passionate about mathematics and I want to make my parents proud. They go out of their way to purchase Apostol, rudin, polya, artin, etc., so that I may advance my education. Sometimes at the expense of food on the table. I don't want to put them through all that just to disappoint them.