Should I even bother applying?(competitiveness question)
I'm a rising junior. I had bad grades freshman year (mostly B+s, one A, and a Pass in Earth Science that I was getting a 48 in first quarter, so the teacher changed it to pass/fail for me),
then As and A-s in sophomore year, and I will probably get a 4.0 next year. I know MIT checks applications holistically, but would the grades alone drop me from contention instantly?