I spent 5 lazy years at a community college getting a cumulative GPA of 3.0 before transferring. In my time there, I also got some F's and W's before retaking them. After transferring, I've gotten a 3.95 GPA for 2 quarters and I expect to finish this quarter with a 4.0. Also, I've been taking more advanced classes than the other transfers, and will be done a year earlier than them. I am just starting my first research position and my professor tells me it will get published. If I keep going with these grades, what are my chances of getting in a good grad school if I apply this fall?
The reason for the horrible grades were mostly due to a lack of motivation and laziness. I was an engineering major with not much desire to pursue a degree in it. After finding my passion for physics, school had become a much higher priority and my grades got a lot better. Should I be mentioning these things, or is it better to focus on the more recent stuff?
Also I am pretty confident I will do well on the GRE, but I'm spending the summer to prepare along with working on the research project.
Anyway, any feedback would be very appreciated.