What can you do after an actual failure in one's freshman year (or almost all of them)? My younger brother had some trouble adjusting to high school and while this isn't the place to get into why, the long story short is that he really butchered his freshman year academically. He's not slow by any means and he's completed a year of his online coursework already since he's homeschooling, and this might be a problem. He's cover material quickly and will be done with almost all of it in a year or two instead of four. Since most online curricula are weak academically, (though he's preparing for the relevant AP exams) he's completely unchallenged. I talked with him about it last night and he wants to do something with his life, academically, but he's not sure what he can do. My advice was for him to finish the rest of his online schooling and then apply for the local university; this is not a community college but a sort of step in-between a big state school and a community college. The university is tied in with the state university system and the credits would transfer to much more significant schools (UGA and GT) with no problem. My reasoning is that he can get a degree from one of the more significant schools in whatever he wants to learn and then if he wants to apply to graduate school, he'll be much better off. Does anyone have an alternative advice for what he should do? I'm fairly sure the local university will take him, their minimum GPA is like a 2.7 and his GPA is recovering. The online schooling *is* regionally and nationally accredited and was provided by the school district, so he'll meet the coursework requirements to enroll at the university. Since he has shown some interest in Biology and Programming and I'm considering getting him some books and showing him the USABO and USACO competitions in the hope that maybe an amazing performance on one of these (or perhaps doing an independent research project) might help to make up for his weaker online/home schooled curriculum. He will be taking AP Biology and AP World at the end of this year, as far as I know. Thank you for any and all advice; both he and I are unsure what he should be doing and if anyone has any stories of recovery it would be great to hear them! **In case you were wondering, he doesn't want to return to our local high school for personal reasons and I'm not sure that the district will allow him to change schools.