As a senior in highschool, I found my direction in life at just the right time. Unfortunately, my past three years haven't gone so well. Admittedly, I never really tried hard until this year. I've always been naturally talented academically, so maintaining a ~3.0 has been a piece of cake for me. Up until the very end of my junior year, I had no real direction in life, no reason to do better than a 3.0, and no real reason to get into advanced classes. My peers are already in Calculus 1, and I still haven't even finished Algebra 2 yet, much less Trigonometry or Discrete Math. I've already been accepted to an (okayish) university, and I feel like i'm at a huge disadvantage from the start when it comes to getting into a good graduate school. I've heard that prestigious graduate schools are looking for people who are taking much harder classes and whatnot. I'm absolutely dedicated in my quest for a physics degree, and the B.S is absolutely within reach, but i'm afraid that since i've started with this handicap of not being ahead in terms of course selection, i'll never be able to make it into the graduate schools I want to go to regardless of how hard I try. If you have experience with this or advice for me that you'd like to share, i'd greatly appreciate it. Thank you!