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So tommorow I start 2nd semester of my 1st year in college and i m pretty optimistic about it despite the trainwreck that was 1st semester. I was told collge is a whole new ball game then high school but me being me and breezing thru highschool without studying or doing half my homework thought little of it. I managed to fail 2 classes and drop another. I hated my roomate and needed to switch and even tho I do have a few friends have yet to find anyone I really liked. I'm sure I'm not the only person who went thru this and I'm just curious to see whateveryone has to say.


Last semester was my first semester and it pretty much explains me except the roomate part because I live at home and go to a community college.
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Seriously, general education classes are super easy. Also, they contain foundation information that you need for more advanced classes. If you get a C in a GE class then you haven't learned what you need to know to pass future classes.

Think about it like work - if you only do 75% of the work you are given, you may keep your job but you won't get promoted. If you can only manage to learn 75% of the basics, then successfully learning the tricky stuff will be very hard to do.

The only reason a C average is considered "average" is because F's are such dragging anchors to the mean score. Grades only have a normal distribution because F's are outliers that throw the curve. If you look at raw scores you will find that the true average grade is actually a B, or 80-85%. In other words, a true C student is actually below average.

I apologize for using statistical terminology - total mood killer.
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It's been a while (almost 8 years, actually), but my first semester really didn't feel any different from High School.
Of course, my first semester of grad school didn't feel that different from undergrad either, so I might just be used to the transitions.
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First semester of grad school was cake, but then again grad school in general is cake. The only true difficulty of grad school is getting admitted into your program.
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Amazing
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I don't understand how this many people had this much trouble with there first semester. Like a few have said before, if you can't manage your GE classes then your not mature enough to handle college. Not trying to be mean or anything but college is easy if you take it serioulsy and do your work. There is no aspect of college that is like high school, so for the love of god don't come to college expecting it to be the same. One reason it's not the same is the fact that you need at least a 2.0 to even pass a GE class, and this was for the community college I wen't to. Later on some if not all Universitys require 3.4 or higher in all your classes. Some word of advice, if your failing a class that bad you should drop out while you have the chance. You don't want those kind of grades to linger.
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I had a rough start too.(As a fine arts major, most or 90% of all my classes are related to my major. I only have to take like 1 or 2 GE class/semester out of at least 9 courses) In high school, I never really went to class and as a result, I developed bad study habits, attendance, etc. I knew how to manipulate the system in order to get good grades. However, when I came to college as a fine arts major, all of my teachers thought very poor of me and I was known as the problem student in the department. I dropped a class and ended up with a C in every class except for the ones related to my major (music therapy/oboe performance). In the band, I flaked out on rehearsals and unintentionally missed a concert and everyone stopped talking to me and started badmouthing me. It took awhile for my reputation to recover and I am still working on it. However, the following semester I worked really hard and I got mostly As. In order to start working harder and get better grades, I lost a couple of friends and a few social aspects of college but at least I made the Dean's List. Everyone fucks up sometime but just put in the work and work hard and things will get better.
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Interesting fact: I watched a total of 3 months worth of Anime in college.

My first semester at college was the easiest workload I had all four years. That said, it did not feel easy. Being a freshmen is tough. However, if you are reasonably smart and learn to take good notes you can get by in most classes without even buying books(unless they are necessary for assignments).
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mhibicke wrote:

Seriously, general education classes are super easy. Also, they contain foundation information that you need for more advanced classes. If you get a C in a GE class then you haven't learned what you need to know to pass future classes.

Think about it like work - if you only do 75% of the work you are given, you may keep your job but you won't get promoted. If you can only manage to learn 75% of the basics, then successfully learning the tricky stuff will be very hard to do.

The only reason a C average is considered "average" is because F's are such dragging anchors to the mean score. Grades only have a normal distribution because F's are outliers that throw the curve. If you look at raw scores you will find that the true average grade is actually a B, or 80-85%. In other words, a true C student is actually below average.

I apologize for using statistical terminology - total mood killer.


I mostly agree with what you've said so far, but I'd like to add that my freshman semester I got 3 A's, a B, and a C in GE English. I got an A on every single assignment in the class, but almost never went to class (as you've said, GE classes are ridiculously easy -- it's kind of a waste to be there when you already know the material). They set up the grades in that class so you automatically lose a couple of letter grades after you miss a certain amount of classes. While this is a bit of an extreme example, I've seen a lot of people that study and learn well, but don't really understand the logistical requirements yet. So while you're right that it's not a good sign to be getting a lot of poor grades in GE classes, I also think that you're wrong in thinking that a C means that you haven't learned what you're supposed to. In fact, you can learn a class's material without even taking the class -- I actually find it easier to learn from a textbook than a teacher (with a few exceptions). Upper level mathematics, in particular, is way easier when you read the texts thoroughly, and then go to office hours with any confusion (unfortunately, there's a significant portion of students that expect to learn everything from the lecture, so the professors end up lecturing on the textbook material, which makes the classes kind of useless if you've already read it).

That said, I can't help but agree that people ought to consider dropping out and perhaps continuing later. I've seen a lot of students that simply don't have the correct mindset yet, and I've also known quite a few to go back later, after they've learned to take care of themselves and stay motivated. I get that people are now thinking of college as necessary, but it's really not that bad to work a "dead end" job, at least until you learn how to take care of your business.
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Don't feel too bad most people have a hard time there first term at collage. When I first started (it was a while ago) I did a summer term at a community college (it started a week after I graduated high school and yes my parents insisted I start right away with out a break...sigh). Anyways it wasn't too bad for me (of course I only took 8 credits and there were easy classes...) I mostly just thought, "What the hell where we doing all those years in high school?" Seriously like in high school we had 2 weeks to write a 2 page paper and in college they are like bring it next class (2 days later). It was a little hard to adjust too at first but then I realized that in high school I spend most of those 2 weeks goofing off and didn't start writing the paper until the night before so it wasn't really that different after all.
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mhibicke wrote:


Doughboy1212 wrote:

So tommorow I start 2nd semester of my 1st year in college and i m pretty optimistic about it despite the trainwreck that was 1st semester. I was told collge is a whole new ball game then high school but me being me and breezing thru highschool without studying or doing half my homework thought little of it. I managed to fail 2 classes and drop another. I hated my roomate and needed to switch and even tho I do have a few friends have yet to find anyone I really liked. I'm sure I'm not the only person who went thru this and I'm just curious to see whateveryone has to say.


If you can't pass GE classes with at least a B+ (86%) then you are in trouble, seriously (you too Renactually). General Ed classes are really easy. It's totally understandable to bomb a semester for a bunch of different reasons, but if you can't pull a 3.0 average your second semester then you are wasting time and racking up debt. Plus, every C, D, or F you get just drags you down even more, and you will have to re-take all the D and F classes. You may be better served by dropping out and waiting until you are more mature, then entering an open enrollment college. Don't feel bad if this is the case; the human brain isn't fully mature until until we are 25. It is so much easier to think when you're not a teenager anymore! Also, teenagers struggle with basic life skills (like roommate problems and joining too many clubs) that adults are much better at managing.

If you can buckle down and get at least B's in everything, then hang in there, but don't do it unless you can. It's like getting into a bad mortgage - get out before you get too far behind the payments. I'm not trying to be critical, as I have personal experience with both failure and success in college. I bombed a semester and dropped out of college in my sophomore year, then went back and finished my BS as an adult and single parent. Since then I've taught college chemistry and biology, and am now working on a doctorate in neuropharmacology.


Every single word this person said is true. I literally just went back to my first semester since straight out of high school and I'm exactly 25.
My first year in college right out of high school I wasn't prepared at all cut class all the time partied and did stupid crap. I completely bombed and failed out of college. I went back this past semester and got nothing less than a B and came out of it with a 3.4 while working a job on the side full time to pay for books and tuition and taking 14 credit hours. I pulled myself out of academic probation in a single semester and had to redo a couple classes.

You may just not be ready yet because of your age, but I can't recommend enough how much people should not waste their time if they aren't ready. You really are only hurting yourself, and like he said if you can't pull a B at least in a general ed class you are not ready. I can't even begin to describe how much more prepared I am this time around after waiting. The experience I gained living alone and then going back when I was actually ready was invaluable. If you can't seem to manage it now you may not be ready. This isn't a bad thing, I wasn't ready either. Just take your time and don't rush it.
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My first semester felt fine to me. I got 7 awesome dorm-mates (I live in a "suite" with 4 rooms, a kitchen, and a small common room, expensive though, California expensive). I took 4 classes (+1 workshop) due to unit caps. 2 classes were general ed classes, while the other 2 were English and Calculus. the GE and Calc classes were easy for me while English was a bit difficult, but i managed to pass.

Noting that I'm a LAZY person, i literally did some math and calculated what work not to do for my GE classes so where i can at least get a B. Yep, I'm that lazy where i do work so that i don't do work. But i have a feeling this will not work for my entire life and i have to end this habit as fast as possible. And for Math, i calculated when to stop doing my homework so i can get at least a solid B in that class.
English, i couldn't do that. I suck at english so all my essays ended up with C's. So i had to do all the other assignments in that class so i wouldn't fall behind.

Final Verdict:
Calc B+
Ling B
Phil B
Engl C

I don't start my second semester until the Jan 23rd. So until then, Ima gonna watch some anime!
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Well it started out pretty good at first. I was passing everything with A's and B's Than as it got harder it was B's and C's soon after I sacked and started droping classes and failed two. I felt like a total failure. Plus I never studied much but when it got harder I learn't my lesson that its not a joke lol or something to take for granted so I decided to keep going but try hard to make better grades, by taking one class at a time instead of three. It costs more for me because its kind of a private type college but my grades improved. I finally made an Eighty freakin Nine in literature lol. I was aiming for an A!! As far as friends I met a few cool people but Im mostly serious about it than worrying about making close friends besides study folk and plus most people are the same way. Its pretty much a mind your own business type deal or acquantances.........

Sometimes if your wanting to go to school to actually be something you have to focus on you studies no matter how others feel about you and you distances in order to get to the top. If your looking for only fun ontop of studing hard thats okay to if thats what your comfortable with and can handle your studies. Its okay to party every now and then lol.
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My first quarter was fine. I enjoyed my communications class the most and hated my English class because of my teacher and how he taught. I ended up not doing that well in English, but still managed to pass with a C. Math was easy peasy, but I didn't like how all my teacher ever wanted to do was use the calculator instead of show work. Like, seriously in Calc?!

This quarter is going well so far. ASL is fun, my new Calc teacher incorporates Philosophy into his teaching since he also teaches that, and my Psych class is very very fast paced (so there's some struggling right now), but I'm getting into the swing. My teachers are far more better this quarter. This Winter won't be as laid back as my Fall.
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My first semester of college went really well. I had to get use to commuting an hour just to get to the university, but other than that I had no real problems. I first found out that my studying habits I had in high school wasn't enough for college lol, but I still did well in my classes. Classes get more & more challenging (well, at least for bio majors anyway) the longer you stay in. But it's definitely worth it in the end.
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