Hey everyone, I am currently a senior in a high school with a pretty low reputation academically and behaviorally, but I push myself far beyond our school standards and I create my own. Essentially, I push myself to learn what I want to in the manner that I most desire. College is approaching and I am VERY paranoid. My education is important, but I don't know where to go. Sadly, I was unaware of the early deadlines for the ivy league schools and top universities (that seem to be ranked on criteria that is useless to me) so those are not an option. Even if I had the chance, my family has very little money so I am stuck with options that are close to home. Anyway, this whole rant comes down to one question: Is my undergraduate education as important as my graduate/PhD education? I have been accepted to Ohio State and Cincinnati and I am nearly done apply to Michigan in Ann Arbor while waiting for responses from various liberal arts schools. I am still unsure of what I want to do, so Ohio State looks like my best bet, but I want to know if I would be able to survive in a graduate program like MIT's or Caltech's coming from a school like Ohio State or even a liberal arts school that happens to specialize in a relevant academic field. If it helps, my choices are narrowed down to a major surrounding bio-genetics, neuroscience, and aerospace engineering. Thanks for your responses in advance!