Hello All, I am 26 years old and am currently enrolled at a CC in NYC. I have had a long and obscure path through life so far which has led me to discover my calling back within the academic realm. A little about myself, I did poorly in high school because I invested all of my time with computers. I was too focused on exploring my interests with building PC's . I did sub par on my SATs scoring 500/460/500 in 2009 on the old grading system. I didn't take any AP classes and did not partake in any ECs. I attended a local CC after high school and withdrew after 30 something odd credits in liberal arts. I then spent the following year traveling around exploring my passions. A few years ago I was scouted by an agent and moved to NYC to meet more inspiring and creative people. As I have gotten older I have drawn more and more attraction to design through work, this led me to architecture. Two years ago I saved up enough money to do a summer intensive architecture program through PRATT. I gained a phenomenal mentor who is the Core 1 coordinator at Columbia's GSAPP (Grad school of architecture, preservation, and planning). He had so much faith in me that he tried to bypass typical admissions processes for me to get into schools like PRATT and Cooper Union regardless of academic requirements to further study undergraduate architecture, but I did not get in. I felt that my transcript was just too weak. I later realized architecture was too limiting of a program for what I want to achieve and that I need to study something more all encompassing to suit my most personal interests and desires. After a lot of research and discovery, I landed on nanotechnology and the future of biotech as my calling. I strive to be involved with materializing ideas of opportunity in this world such as what Elon is doing with Neural Lace. I have been at my CC for two semesters while working full-time. My GPA is an unweighted 3.95 and I have taken 5 classes including a remedial Trig, Pre-calc, Eng 101, Lit 201, and Chinese. Next semester I will be taking Chem 1 and Calc 1. I want to get into the absolute best school I can to advance towards my goal of positively and radically revolutionizing society on a global scale. My later ambition would be to get into a program like MIT's Nano/Micro lab for grad school, but realistically I know how competitive the top global universities are. I am seeking realistic and reach goal advice on schools parallel to my current standings, as well as any personal knowledge of professors or programs offered at respected schools in contrast to realistic schools that would suit my goals. I am currently working towards transferring to UCONN's engineering physics program as it would be in-state tuition and I would have living expenses covered. Is it worth looking into better universities and private schools for UG? Looking forward to everyone's insight!