Hello everyone! I am an aspiring undergraduate student majoring in astrophysics now. I come from Harlem in New York City, which isn't exactly famous for its scientists. Prior to college, I had absolutely no scientific background other than my aspirations. When I went to college, I struggled in my first two years but my third year it is evident on my transcript that I am catching up and excelling. I am in my fourth year now and I am trying my best to maintain great grades. I am taking an extra year so that I won't have to scramble to graduate by the spring. My adviser and I both agree that I am not the average applicant for the Grad. School process. He thinks I should look into education, but my heart is set on research. I'm sorry for the essay but I have never met anyone in my situation and any sort of advice is welcomed. Thank you in advance.