I am currently a student at a community college in Baltimore, Maryland, and I'm wondering what my chance of getting into Caltech is. Here's my story: I attended two high schools simultaneously. One was a technical high school, where I majored in Industrial Technology. The second was a public high school. I graduated both in 2006, at the age of 16. I was only in high school for three years, I essentially skipped my senior year. After high school, I went straight to working. I started attending community college after a year, taking 5 honors classes. I had A's in each class, then tragedy struck. Both of my parents became very ill and I couldn't take my finals, due to caring for them. Therefore, I failed each class. I stopped going to community college, and started working again. I currently work full-time as a machinist, and have been attending community college full time since fall of 2009. I am going to attempt to transfer to a university for the fall of 2011 semester. I have been taking 5 classes each semester, and have earned high A's in every class I have taken since I have started back at community college. I have not taken the SAT, and don't plan to do so, as I don't need to for the universities I am applying to. I am applying to John Hopkins University for mechanical engineering w/ aerospace option, University of Maryland College Park for aerospace engineering, and Caltech for mechanical engineering w/ aerospace minor. I am very interested in Caltech, I flew out to Pasadena and visited the school earlier this year. Will my previous stint at community college tarnish my record enough to kill my chances at Caltech? Do I have a chance to begin with?