Let me preface this by saying I am in the ninth grade: I ended my grade 9 math course with a 60%. Why, one might ask? Because I was lazy and not thinking about my future. It's my own fault. I am going to retake the course online by correspondence and do my best. I think I have potential and that if I focus on the course and study hard I might get a good grade. But there's the problem: Might. I have never gotten high grades in Math or most subjects. All I have ever had is hope and aspirations. My highest Math average ever is about 85% from grade 8 and my science average this year is a mere 75% compared to my 91% last year. I was lazy and didn't pay attention this year and now I'm here. It may sound ridiculous, but I have hopes of going to M.I.T. Contrary to how it may sound, I adore Math and Science(especially physics and biology) and I really want to be an experimental physicist someday! Is it possible for me to do well in grade 10 and improve to a point where M.I.T might accept me? I have the determination, but I don't actually know if it's possible. I feel really nervous about my future at this point. All the people around me are getting 94 and 98s in math and science, so I feel dwarfed.