Hello, I'd like to apologize for the lengthy post beforehand, but I write as if I speak. I am currently entering my second year at a two-year community college with hopes of transferring to Brown University. I am preparing to complete a 4 year Engineering bachelors specializing in a Materials or Mechanical discipline.
My academic achievements from high school were, in my regard, decent for the amount of effort I put in. I came out with a 2210 SAT (out of 2400 with writing/essay) and a 3.7 WGPA, along with 36 transferable AP credits. In addition I took the SAT Math II and Physics subject tests, scoring 800 apiece.
My first year in college was.. hairy, for lack of a better descriptor.
I was accepted into the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and began my Freshman year fall of 2014. I bit off a lot more than I could chew academically and tarnished my GPA pretty bad. I lost my merit full ride and, thinking I could save myself, did not withdraw from the courses when I had the chance. I've since had time to reflect on my performance.
My family background is lower blue-collar; I had minimal second-hand experience of what college would be like or how to "play my cards right." I refused to accept that I blew my chance at a degree, and enrolled in community college under financial aid (no intention of taking out loans at the time).
I took a different approach to my workload and placed a lot more emphasis on understanding the material - retook the core engineering classes like Multi-variable, Statics, Differential Equations, etc. I figured one should reflect on personal failure in life as a learning opportunity, not a demeaning stamp on the forehead. I pulled a solid 4.0 and told myself I shouldn't let the bad year hang over my head. With that resolve, I shall complete my Associates in engineering Spring of 2017.
I know this is quite a rocky foundation to stand on, especially for Ivy League, but I feel everyone gets knocked off their high horse at least once in life. I was unfortunate enough to have it happen to me academically. Numbers play a big role but if I can continue to show myself capable, as well as explain the value I hold for education having experienced failure firsthand, do I have a shot at transferring in? Having fallen and gotten back up [higher than before], is there a chance?
Additionally, since it will have been 3 years, should I retake the SAT regardless of where I transfer?