My name is Steven from the Bronx, New York. I am involved in numerous of activities such as Air Force JROTC, CAP, swimming, and music. I have a huge problem. My academics are not where they should be. Ok so here is the story. At the beginning of my sophomore year of high school, my grades went down. Mostly because my mom had lost her job. I decided to get a job of my own but I didn't want to neglect athletics, so I decided since I just started swimming, I decided to train to become a lifeguard. I took me months of training before I was fast enough to make it. It also took me a long time to raise the money to get the certification. At the end of my sophomore year I was a lifeguard. My grades went up at the final semester of sophomore year. My summer schedule had been pack with activities such as Engineering, Aviation training, Summer Leadership School, and CAP that I was not able to get a job. By the time school started my mom found a job. She is working full time. She didn't have time to take care of my little brother who is in first grade, or help him with his homework. Most of my time I spent cooking, cleaning and teaching my brother how to read. I neglected my academics because of it. And now I am suffering. I overloaded myself with classes junior year and extracurricular's. I took AP English. I basically wasted two years of my high school because of teachers that didn't teach me how to write persuasively, and now I am guaranteed to fail that class. I don't know if I'm going to fail Math because of the same reason. Also I might fail Physics. I started Physics this year. The teacher wasen't very good and what is worst is that he retired in the middle of the semester and now I have to take this exam, and I might fail the class. My average now is like 88. Now with these three possible failures, it will go down indefinitely. I learned a lot from this situation, such as becoming an independent learner. But the fact of the reality is that I am failing. I promised myself that I wouldn't allow this to happen my second semester of junior year. I feel like I haven't learned anything. I want to be strong in Math, Physics, and Chemistry. I want to write a good paper. I desire to go to the Air Force Academy (or any service academy). Does anyone have any suggestions on how to catch up? Does anyone think I will make it even with these failures?