I'm a sophomore who has moved to from Georgia to NJ about a year ago. I had a greater drive and motivation my freshman year, getting a 4.0 gpa (out of 4.0), getting into the varsity soccer team (2nd in state 40th in nation), and doing significantly well in a few other extracurriculars. However, during the transition from the south to the north, I've faced problems with standing out in the crowd. At my new school, we send a large number to ivy league schools. The students are smart, have leadership, and are talented. Everyone is just good at SOMETHING, whether it's making all-eastern in band or choir, winning first in states at OM or MUN, or getting governors school for history or science. Having been here only for about a year, I had to make new friends, adapt to the school and the different curriculum (block schedule to regular 8 class schedule), and join new clubs. So far, I've maintained a 3.7 gpa (out of 4.3, but 3.8 gpa really isnt bad because our school is one of the best schools in the state. many top colleges know who we are), made the varsity squad, won my first award (verbal) at Model UN, became leader of electrical team in the robotics club, and started art but have yet to win anything. I'm trying to take the toughest courses I can, but lately, I've been having doubts about whether I can get into ivy league/2nd tier schools. I know I still have my sat and sat 2's (which im taking in a month). I plan to take sat 2: physics, us history, world history, math 2 and 4/5 ap exams. if i combine my gpa from fresh and soph year (assuming i do well 4th quarter and get a 3.8) i will have a 4.0 gpa. do i still have a shot in getting into an ivy league or 2nd tier school if i continue to work hard? or should i just forget about my aspirations?