My history is dense
I was raised in the southern boondocks on a rather large horse farm. Although a pictueresque place to be raised, my home life was terrible. I was living with an abusive, alcoholic father and my mother was never home because of her job. My GPA was not very high because I would never complete my homework; however, this was no testament to my intelligence. I tested very well in all of my classes, including my honors and AP classes junior and senior year (I contribute this to the fact that my school was my comfort zone so I was able to relax and learn). I received 1250 on my SAT, although I know it would have been higher if I was able to study at home. When I wasn't at school, I would work in the barn with the horses until after I knew my father was asleep which was more often than not, close to 2-3 am. My love for the barn and the horses eventually grew into a serious business and at the age of 16, my mother helped me open a nonprofit 501c3 rescue for abused horses (which I still run to this day).
After graduation, my horse business caught the attention of some big-name horse farms (whose names I will keep confidential) around the USA so I then began my career as a professional horse trainer. I was competing on the national level for many years, broke several national records, won a silver medal at the world cup, and even served as Team USA's team captain for a few years...but this didn't satisfy me as it used to. I began contemplating my future and thinking of what new adventure I should undertake next and finally, I settled on going back to school (10 years after graduating high school).
Fast forward to now...
I am currently enrolled full time in an undergraduate program at a top ten community college in the US. I am a biology major with my sights on nueroscience or genetics and I have 4.1 GPA. I am active in a a couple clubs as well as the honors society and my 501c3. Side note: My school does have a handful of Ivy League transfers as well as a variety of celebrities, famous scientists, and even an astronaut. I know my goal is difficult, but evidently, it is not impossible.
I truly believe my hardships in life have enabled me to cultivate a passion for learning and an incredible work ethic that will carry me far in life. Ivy League may be a stretch but so was Team USA, my silver medal, and my current 4.1 GPA.
What are some things I can do to increase my chances of Ivy League?
Side note: I am really open to any school suggestions so long as they have a good bio, nueroscience, or genetics program. I am also willing to travel out of the country if the opportunity reveals itself to be appropriate.