Academically, I look like I slacked off sophomore year at UIUC. On the other hand, living in a really bad situation and losing focus during that year can do a number on you, but it's my fault I let it affect me. Here's where we are, everyone. Over the course of a year, I have gone from having a 3.90 with my math classes having my best performances to a 3.53 with my math classes having my worst performances (sadly, flat C's in Calc III AND Linear Algebra, not proud at ALL, but the B+ in Diff Eq was... somewhat alright). On positive notes, I'm out of that horrible situation, and my discipline (or pressure to want to succeed) has returned. Additionally, I look quite good on paper after completing a biological research program over the summer at the University of Pittsburgh and having done previous biology research projects in high school. However, while we may be human, I cannot deny I have always pressured myself to get a high GPA in order to counter algorithms or GPA requirements. So, as failsafes, tutoring will be used and mentoring will help me focus. Some have suggested resources on campus to help me deal with any emotional trauma I may have suffered. Additionally, while it would have been better to start last year, I am using my research experience to attempt to get into some labs on campus. Finally, becoming even more involved in a rocketry club on campus (thanks to more freedom with time) can allow me to look good for a potential internship involving propulsion. NASA may be a very far reach at this point, and I probably won't be an astronaut or anything, but it's always been a dream. I should definitely be spending more of my time doing that instead of acting in plays, which albeit can be quite fun. Simply put, do I look ready to get back to getting 4.0's or close by working my butt off? I know I can do it, and there's nothing more I want to do, really. What suggestions would you have?